Course Structure

The MSc Global Health program requires that students complete a minimum of 33 credits of coursework, and a minimum of 5 credits of research (i.e., thesis preparation), for a total of 38 credits. The courses required by the program are further broken down into two categories – core courses and elective courses.

Core Courses Elective Courses
  • GLHLTH 701K – Global Health Challenges
  • GLHLTH 702K – Global Health Research: Design and Practice
  • GLHLTH 705K – Global Health Research: Quantitative Methods I
  • GLHLTH 707K – Global Health Research: Quantitative Methods II
  • GLHLTH 740K – Ethics for Global Health Research
  • GLHLTH 750K – Health Systems in Developing Countries

Students are required to take 5 elective courses, which can be spaced across the program’s duration to match the needs of the student and availability of courses. Elective courses allow students to focus on a specific area, such as environmental health or health policy.

Fieldwork and Thesis

Duke Kunshan MSc-GH students spend at least ten weeks in the field. China, Kenya, Peru, Haiti, Fiji – these are just a sample of the countries where fieldwork has been conducted by Global Health students. A rich set of opportunities extends throughout Asia and beyond to Africa, Europe and the Americas.

This field-based research experience occurs between the first and second years of the program. Financial support is provided for your travel, living and project costs. Click here to find out more about international fieldwork and sample projects.

The master’s thesis is the culminating product of the MSc Global Health, typically completed in the student’s final semester of the program. The thesis must be formatted consistent with the requirements of Duke Kunshan University and the Duke Graduate School and represents a significant work of scholarship by the student.