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Department of

International Health

We are committed to improving the health, nutrition, and well-being of the world’s most disadvantaged people with cutting-edge science, responsive and innovative public health practice, educational programs, and focused capacity building.


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What We Do in the Department of International Health

The Department of International Health is a global leader and partner in identifying, developing, testing, and implementing practices and policies that help the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people improve their health and well-being. We work directly and collaboratively with communities, scientists, public health practitioners, and policymakers around the world to understand their needs and support changes to improve health globally.

International Health Highlights


academic program in international health (1961)

Largest Department in Global Health

over 250 full-time faculty working across the globe

Global Network

have worked in over 90 countries on 6 continents


500+ peer-reviewed articles published a year

International Health Programs

The Department of International Health is organized into four program areas: Global Disease Epidemiology and Control; Health Systems; Human Nutrition; and Social and Behavioral Interventions.

We offer a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and doctoral-level training for research (PhD) in these program areas, as well as a Master of Health Science in Health Economics (MHS). We also offer many continuing education programs online and on campus.

Master of Health Science (MHS) in Global Health Economics

Onsite | Full-Time | 9 months

The MHS in Global Health Economics is a nine-month program that provides students with the skills necessary to use economic tools in the promotion of healthy lifestyles and positive health outcomes. Students will learn how to develop health systems that promote equitable access to care, using applied health cases from around the world.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

Onsite | Full-Time | 1.5 years - 2 years

The MSPH training program is intended for students who wish to pursue a professional career in the field of public health. Some prior health and/or international experience is preferred.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Onsite | Full-Time | 4 years

The PhD prepares students to become independent investigators in academic and non-academic research institutions, and emphasizes contributions to theory and basic science.

International Health Faculty Spotlight

Melissa A. Marx, PhD,

evaluates maternal, child, and infectious disease programs, and has led response efforts for outbreaks including SARS, Ebola, and COVID-19.

photo of Melissa Marx

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