Master of Science in Global Health

Program Requirements

The MSc-GH 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 (Six courses)

The following courses are required of all students. It is strongly recommended that students complete all core coursework in the first academic year of the program.

These courses are:

  • 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

Elective Courses (Five courses)

 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.

Field Study and Thesis

A closely-mentored and supported field research project, culminating in a thesis, is also a credit-bearing requirement.

The field-based research experience typically occurs between the first and second years of the program, with students spending at least 10 weeks in the field.  The Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University (DGHI) and the Duke Kunshan Global Health Research Center both work with leading researchers world-wide, offering students a rich set of opportunities in North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia to choose from for their field research.

The master’s thesis is the culminating product of the MSc-GH, 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.