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Concentration in Global Health: Policy and Evaluation

Global Health: Policy and Evaluation Concentration

The Global Health: Policy and Evaluation Concentration addresses policy and evaluation tools and approaches to promote evidence-informed programs and policies to improve health and health access around the world. The curriculum includes required coursework in health systems, health policy analysis, evaluation, and globalization. Students also take courses covering health burdens, economic aspects of evaluation, and health equity.

Some of the many global challenges students in the Global Health: Policy and Evaluation Concentration will address include sustainable development, environmental degradation and climate change, globalization, migration, displaced persons, diseases prevalent in low and middle-income countries, epidemics, vaccine access, injuries, emerging and reemerging diseases and risk factors such as obesity and smoking.

To address these challenges, students will be equipped to understand the relevant global actors, culture, and equity considerations; to apply global health systems and policy frameworks; to use implementation science principles in the design, implementation, and monitoring of related programs; and to utilize analytic tools to evaluate health systems performance, policies, and their reforms in global health practice settings.

This concentra­tion is well suited to those seeking leadership positions in domestic and international agencies concerned with plan­ning and implementing projects designed to meet global public health needs, particularly in LMICs.

Concentration Directors

The concentration directors for the DrPH Global Health: Policy and Evaluation concentration are:

Please click their links to learn more about their research interests, departmental and center or institute affiliations, and contact information.

Concentration Competencies

1. Assess global public health burdens and threats, and formulate strategies to solve complex health issues.
2. Examine health systems frameworks, strategies, actors, and tools to analyze and evaluate health systems performance and their reforms in global settings with a primary focus in LMICs.
3 Apply key policy frameworks and models in policy development, and analyze the role and contribution of actors, context, and evidence in shaping effective policies and programs in LMICs.
4 Create effective and comprehensive evaluation plans for small and large programs in health with ethical and resource considerations, with a primary focus in LMICs.
5. Examine theories on globalization’s impact on health, and apply analytical tools to evaluate globalization’s impact on health, with a primary focus on LMICs.

Concentration Curriculum

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 28 credits of concentration-specific courses*. These courses broadly address pedagogy under the following categories:

  1. Required Courses
  2. Evaluation Requirement (2 required courses)
  3. Economic Development and Health Requirement (1 course)
  4. Elective courses to meet a total of 28 concentration credits

In addition to the requirements described above, students must take additional coursework (electives) to reach a total of 28 credits of concentration-specific courses. The proposed elective courses could be taken from any of the course options listed below or from other courses at the School. Courses electives outside the options listed below will require approval of the concentration co-directors prior to registration.

*Courses taken to fulfill foundational requirements may not be applied to fulfill concentration requirements.