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Department of International Health


The department is divided into four program areas, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the field. To learn more about research being conducted and degrees offered in each of these areas, please click one of the focus areas below.

Degree Programs


Master of Health Science in Global Health Economics (MHS)

The MHS in Global Health Economics in the Department of International Health 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.

Students will study issues related to access to health care, cost and quality of medical care, and healthy behavior, and will learn how to perform economic evaluations of health programs in low- and middle-income countries as well as the U.S. and other developed nations.

Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)

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 preferable for admission purposes, but not required. You must choose one of five concentrations:

For more information about the master's programs, contact the Academic Program Manager.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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

Students interested in a doctoral research degree must apply to one of the Department's four concentrations:

Candidates must complete courses in International Health and in their selected concentration, undertake research in their specialized field of interest, and prepare and defend a thesis based on this investigation.

The total number of course credits required varies by concentration area but can be no fewer than 84 credits. Students are required to remain in residence for a minimum of six terms while completing the degree.

The PhD Academic Guide contains degree- and concentration-specific information, competencies, and course requirements.

For more information about the doctoral program, contact the Academic Program Manager.

Combined Degree

Non Degree Programs

The Department of International Health sponsors two types of professional development programs for both health professionals and students.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs offer focused academic training in specific areas of public health. Certificates typically require less time and coursework than a degree, making them appealing both to current Bloomberg degree students desiring specialization in particular topic areas and to individuals seeking to learn more about specific areas of public health.

Most certificate programs sponsored by the Department of International Health are designed for both non-degree students and currently enrolled Hopkins graduate students and post-doctoral trainees. However, there are certificate programs that are only open to either currently enrolled students or non-degree students. Non-degree students are typically junior to mid-career professionals desiring to gain more knowledge and skills to further their careers. Non-degree students must have earned at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have a strong record of successful academic performance.

For Degree and Non-Degree Students

For Degree Students Only


Accelerated Learning Institutes

Institute courses are short, one day to three weeks in length, offered in January, over the Summer, and in November, and can be taken for academic credit or not for credit at a reduced cost.

Institute courses have the same academic rigor and same world-class faculty as regular term courses, but the courses are compressed to take place in fewer days.

Program in Applied Vaccine Experiences - PAVE



Yinggi Lai, MSPH 14, who did a PAVE internship at the WHO

"My internship at the WHO was inspiring. I was able to work alongside some of the top global experts in the vaccine world. The Program in Applied Vaccine Experiences is a great opportunity."  Yingqi Lai, MSPH '14, is now a Public Health Officer at the Ministry of Health, Singapore.