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Master’s Degree

First Cohort Launches Fall of 2018

About the Program

Depending on the area students choose to emphasize, the Master of Global Health (MGH) will prepare students engage in the global community as clinicians, researchers, managers, developers and as policy consultants. Students will develop a deep understanding of the multiple factors that shape health and healthcare across the world and the necessity of working on interprofessional teams to develop community-based solutions in underserved and resource-poor communities.

Taught by a diverse faculty with global health research and practice experience, students will complete 38 credit hours of varied and innovative coursework. Through participation in ongoing interprofessional global health projects and research that identify healthcare solutions and build capacity in local communities, students will develop skills in critical thinking and research methodologies as well as the perspective needed to tackle complex issues in resource-poor regions worldwide. This program, including the scholarly project, helps students master the field of global health through research, practice and service.

Admission Requirements


We offer both a fully online program (MG8172) and a blended program (MG8173). Both offer two cohorts with separate application deadlines and start dates. Students who wish to study on the Athens campus, all or part of the program, should select the blended program.

*Note the first cohort for this program starts Fall (August) 2018

Start date: August 2018
Application deadline: June 30 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, February 1 for international applicants

Start date: January 2019
Application deadline:  November 30 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, September 1 for international applicants

Applicants must:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree at the start of the MGH Program
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale (undergraduate)
  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher on 4.0 scale (graduate)
  • Submit two professional letters of recommendation that speak to your level of maturity, professional background and prior experience, leadership qualities and potential for working in interdisciplinary teams
  • Submit a professional statement (1000 word limit) that discusses your accomplishments, career goals and objectives, and the value of the MGH degree to achieving your career goals
  • Send official transcripts
  • Submit a CV or resume indicating prior global, language, community development and/or healthcare (including clinical) experience
  • GRE optional (if taken, scores sent to Ohio University)

International admissions:

  • TOEFL official scores sent to Ohio University
    • Waived if student already graduated from or is a current student at a U.S. university

Sample Academic Schedule

Fall Semester 1

  • IHS 5210 Fundamentals of Global Health (3 credits)
  • IHS 6210 Globalization and Health (3 credits)
  • Research Methods (3 credits)

Spring Semester 1

  • IHS 5222 Comparative Health Systems (3 credits)
  • HLTH 5120 Global Health Programming (3 credits)
  • IHS 5521 GH Research and Service (3 credits)

Fall Semester 2

  • IHS 6931 Scholarly project prep course (3 credits)

Spring Semester 2

  • IHS 6932 Scholarly Project (5 credits)

Additional 12 hours of electives. Electives can be selected from collaborating OHIO graduate degree programs including African Studies, Communication and Development Studies, International Development Studies, Latin American Studies, Linquistics, Modern Languages, Nursing, Political Science, Public Health and Public Administration.

Total Program Hours: 38

Apply to the MGH program

  • Use code MG8172 for the online program or 
  • Use code MG8173 for the blended program

Dual programs coming soon

For additional information, contact: