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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Global Health and Society (GHS) will provide students with an interdisciplinary social scientific perspective for understanding how global health outcomes relate to society, culture, and the environment. Increasingly, international development professionals and medical practitioners are confronted with emerging health issues that stem from policies and practices that affect groups of at-risk individuals and communities. Drawing upon emerging strengths in the social science departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, this degree will prepare students for a career in health policy, analysis, and social and political aspects of health and disease. 

The degree will enable students to help build partnerships and active participation around critical health issues in communities throughout the world; develop the capacity to address, prevent, and/or mitigate health risks in increasingly dynamic environments associated with global issues such as climate change, violence, population movements, and natural disasters. Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers in government and non-government organizations and international institutions.

Master of Arts in Global Health and Society Admissions Requirements

The Master of Arts in Global Health and Society program accepts rolling admissions. Interested students may apply to the program at any time.

Domestic students interested in applying should submit the following:

  • Online application form
  • $85.00 non-refundable application fee paid online upon submission of the application.
  • Transcripts showing the completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • GRE minimum score of 950 (tests prior to August 1, 2011) or a score of 294 on tests after that date. Applicants with more than 5 years of relevant professional experience may be eligible for a waiver at the discretion of the Program Director.
  • A personal statement of intent in which the applicant details reasons for pursuing the degree.

Please note: Students who do not have sufficient prerequisite knowledge for their program courses, per the admissions committee of the Master of Arts in Global Health and Society, may be conditionally admitted and required to take additional courses prior to being fully admitted to the program.