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Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

Offered By: Department of International Health

Onsite | Full-Time | 1.5–2 years

About the MSPH in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program

The GDEC Program trains students to use epidemiologic and biostatistical methods to design, implement and evaluate disease control interventions of public health importance to underserved populations. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty at field sites across the world, gaining hands-on experience in global health research and program implementation.

The program emphasizes biomedical interventions (e.g. therapeutic or prophylactic drugs, vaccines or environmental modifications).

This is a STEM designated program. Eligible F-1 visa students can receive an additional 24 months of work authorization, beyond the initial 12 months of post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).

MSPH in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program Highlights

An interdisciplinary degree drawing on expertise across the School and international collaborators, students acquire a broad understanding of the methods, skills, and tools needed to design, conduct, and analyze community and clinical trials and laboratory-based investigations.

Global Network

Field sites across the world


Learn through practicums around the world

Applied Learning

Training in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods

STEM Designated

Eligibility for a 24-month STEM OPT extension

What Can You Do With a Graduate Degree in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control?

Alumni enjoy careers in academia, government and nongovernment sectors, and industry and help develop and implement programs to address public health problems facing underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad.

Organization Job Title

Chesapeake Regional Informational Systems for our Patients (CRISP)

Project Manager


Senior Program Manager

ICF International

Senior Associate

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Research Associate

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Technical Advisor


Sr. Program Manager, Epidemiology and Market Development




Senior Digital Policy Communications Associate

Population Services International (PSI)

Research Associate


Associate Policy Researcher

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Clinical Research Coordinator

The DHS Program

Survey Manager


HIV/AIDS Statistics & Monitoring Officer


Pharmaceutical Management Technical Advisor



Curriculum for the MSPH in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control

The GDEC program is a combination of hands-on learning and course work. Your course work and practicum requirements will help you complete your capstone project and develop the core competencies needed for a successful career in global health.

Browse an overview of the requirements for this master's program in the JHU Academic Catalogue and explore all course offerings in the Bloomberg School Course Directory.

Courses Available in the Following Areas:

  • Digital Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious and Emerging Diseases
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Vaccines

Admissions Requirements

For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page. This specific program also requires:

Prior Coursework

Strong undergraduate background in biology and/or the quantitative sciences

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized test scores (GRE) 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.

Alumni Spotlight

Annie Na

MSPH student, Class of 2022

Capstone topic: SARS-CoV-2 infection in children

Capstone description: As part of my capstone project I worked with the SARS-CoV-2 Epidemiology and Response in Children (SEARCh) household surveillance study which investigated SARS-CoV-2 transmission patterns in Maryland households with a focus on infections in young children from 0 to 4 years of age. 

Capstone organization: Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of International Health, Center for Immunization Research, International Vaccine Access Center

Advice to students: The Bloomberg School is the perfect place to explore the vastness of public health and a place to merge your passions with your strengths. Take advantage of all the resources around you and don't hesitate to reach out to faculty. They all have valuable experience and have the students' best interests in mind!

Program Faculty Spotlight

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.

Anna Durbin
International Health

Anna Durbin, MD, studies experimental vaccines for SARS-CoV-2, dengue, West Nile, Zika, malaria, and more in human clinical trials and in controlled human infection studies.

Christine Marie George
International Health

Christine Marie George, PhD, partners with communities to design and evaluate water, sanitation, and hygiene programs to promote health equity and prevent infections globally.

Smisha Agarwal
Associate Professor
International Health

Smisha Agarwal, PhD, MPH '09, MBA, studies how to improve maternal and newborn health in low-income settings by strengthening health systems and using technological solutions.

Tuition and Funding

The Master’s Tuition Scholarship is available to students in good academic standing in a two-year, full-time master’s program. The MTS is a 75% reduction in tuition for year two of an eight-term program.

Contact Us

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

Elisabeth Simmons, MEd
Academic Program Administrator

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