About This Program
With increasing globalization, there is a growing need for health economists who can translate research into policy and directly inform governments and organizations on the best course of action. Through the MHS in Global Health Economics in the Department of International Health, students learn how health economic principles and applied health cases from around the world are used to address global issues such as migration, displaced persons, climate change, vaccine access, injuries, and pandemics. They’ll also learn how health economics can be used to promote healthy lifestyles, positive health outcomes, and equitable access to care.
This program is ideal for those who are interested in examining key global issues—such as migration, displaced persons, climate change, vaccine access, injuries, obesity, and pandemic—through an economic lens.
The MHS attracts applicants from around the globe and from a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds. While some may enter the program with only a solid undergraduate degree, others will enter the program with a great deal of experience.
The Master of Health Science (MHS) in Global Health Economics is a 9-month academic program that teaches students how to use economic tools to help solve pressing global health problems.
Meet our MHS alumni
Libby Watts, MHS '17
"The faculty are all practicing health economists who stay informed of the cutting-edge methods and technologies in the field. Being exposed to these concepts in classes helped me immediately contribute to my team at IVAC."
Current job title
Data Analyst, Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center
I work on a variety of projects focused on expanding vaccine access in low- and middle-income countries. I develop and maintain models that measure the health and economic effects of vaccine programs. I also help design and implement studies to assess vaccine impact.
What Can You Do With This Degree?
Health Economists are in high demand around the globe. Solving pressing problems in low- and middle-income countries as well as within the US require solid skills. Graduates of the MHS in Global Health Economics Program will be well placed for a range of opportunities in the public and private sectors. Graduates can use the degree for entry into international agencies, academic research institutions and private corporations.
- Health Economist
- Research Associate
- Data Analyst
- Doctoral Student
Using applied health cases from around the world, students will learn how to conduct economic evaluations of health programs and how to evaluate the impact of social problems on the health of a community or population. They will also gain a solid understanding of how to influence behavior through the use of economic incentives. Students will also learn how to assess and compare global health problems in low- and middle-income countries with situations in developed countries. The program aims to ensure that all students develop a core skill set that can be applied to their own particular interests or strengths in public health.
Browse an overview of this program's requirements in the JHU Academic Catalogue, explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory: 2020-2021, and find many more details in the program's Academic Guide and Core Competencies.
For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page.
Coursework in calculus, linear algebra, and statistics is recommended but not required
Standardized Test Scores
Standardized test scores (GRE, MCAT) are optional for this program. The admissions committee will make no assumptions if a standardized test score is omitted from an application, but will require evidence of quantitative/analytical ability through other application components such as academic transcripts and/or supplemental questions. Applications will be reviewed holistically based on all application components.
Program Faculty Spotlight
Antonio Trujillo, PhD, MPP, is a health economist working to improve access to medicines and the lives of seniors with chronic conditions around the globe.
Bryan Patenaude, ScD '17, MA, researches the sustainability, efficiency, and equity of public health programs and health systems in low- and lower-middle-income countries.
Krishna D. Rao, PhD '04, MSc, finds ways to improve access to health services and financing of health care in resource-poor areas, with a current focus on India.
Cristina Garcia, PhD ‘18, MHS ‘10, focuses on evaluating the economic impact of vaccines and health systems approaches to financial risk protection and vaccine access.
Andres Vecino, MD, PhD '16, MSc, uses economics theory and methods to improve health systems in lower and middle-income countries with a focus on Latin America.