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.
Field sites across the world
Learn through practicums around the world
Training in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods
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.
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Senior Program Manager
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Sr. Program Manager, Epidemiology and Market Development
Senior Digital Policy Communications Associate
Population Services International (PSI)
Associate Policy Researcher
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Clinical Research Coordinator
The DHS Program
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.
Courses Available in the Following Areas:
- Digital Health
- Infectious and Emerging Diseases
- Maternal and Child Health
For general admissions requirements, please visit the How to Apply page. This specific program also requires:
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.
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, PhD ’12, MPH, MA, studies how health information can best be communicated to individuals in different contexts and through different channels.
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, PhD, partners with communities to design and evaluate water, sanitation, and hygiene programs to promote health equity and prevent infections globally.
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.
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