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Master's Degree

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

Offered By: Department of International Health

Onsite | Full-Time | 1.52 years

About This Program

The MSPH program is intended for students who wish to pursue a professional career in the field of public health. No prior international experience is required.

Each student is admitted into one of the four program areas in International Health: Global Disease Epidemiology and Control, Health Systems, Human Nutrition, or Social and Behavioral Interventions.

Applicants to the MSPH in International Health apply directly to one of these four concentrations with the same deadline, program structure, and funding. Students complete the required practicum experience in domestic or international settings, and can complete the MSPH in 1.5 - 2 years

MSPH graduates go to work for bilateral/multilateral health organizations, non-profits, or governmental/non-governmental public health institutions, or pursue doctoral or medical degrees.

You'll receive core training in epidemiology and biostatistics as well as hands-on learning with diverse faculty with international experience. After your first year, you'll have the opportunity to work at field sites and organizations around the world to fulfill you practicum requirement.

Please review the specific program page for more information:

Concentration Areas

The Department of International Health offers 5 MSPH degree programs:

Global Disease Epidemiology and Control (GDEC)

The GDEC concentration trains students to be future leaders in identifying disease etiologies, and in the design, implementation, and evaluation of biomedical interventions to prevent, mitigate, or treat diseases of global public health importance.

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Health Systems

The Health Systems concentration prepares students to take on leadership and management roles in health policy and planning, health financing and management, and monitoring and evaluation of health programs. Our graduates contribute to strengthening health systems through implementing equitable and cost-effective interventions for improving access, quality, and efficiency of health services for underserved populations.

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Human Nutrition

The Human Nutrition concentration provides students with the theoretical knowledge and state-of-the-art scientific, programmatic, policy, and leadership skills for addressing pressing international and domestic challenges in public health nutrition.

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Human Nutrition – Dietitian

This MSPH Human Nutrition – Dietitian program offers students the opportunity to earn both the MSPH degree in Human Nutrition and complete a 36-week dietetic practicum in public health nutrition in preparation for obtaining the Registered Dietitian credential.

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Social and Behavioral Interventions (SBI)

The Social and Behavioral Interventions concentration offers multi- disciplinary training for researchers and public health practitioners who wish to use the social sciences in the design, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs, particularly community-based interventions. Students are exposed to applied theory and methods from the fields of social psychology, medical anthropology, and sociology. The combined use of qualitative and quantitative methods is a defining characteristic of the program.

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Program Faculty Spotlight

Parul Christian
International Health

Parul Christian, DrPH '96, MSc, studies how to improve maternal and child nutrition and prevent micronutrient deficiencies with effective solutions in low-income settings.

Sara Bennett
International Health

Sara Bennett, PhD, MPhil, examines health policy and systems in low- and middle-income countries with a focus on institutional capacity, sustainability, and systems governance.

Haneefa Saleem
Associate Professor
International Health

Haneefa Tasleem Saleem, PhD ’14, MPH, ’09, conducts research to inform and evaluate approaches aimed at improving HIV prevention and treatment and other health outcomes for people who use drugs globally.

Rupali Limaye
Associate Professor
International Health

Rupali Limaye, PhD ’12, MPH, MA, studies how health information can best be communicated to individuals in different contexts and through different channels.

Tuition and Funding

For general information regarding tuition and fees, visit the Bloomberg School’s Tuition and Fees page.

For program-specific information regarding funding and scholarships available, please visit the individual program/concentration pages.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Elisabeth Simmons, MEd
Academic Program Administrator