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Global Health Track

The Department of Epidemiology offers a Global Health Track in its MPH program that is designed for those who intend to pursue careers concentrating on health in developing countries, including research into the causes and preventative factors for disease or program evaluation. The Epidemiology Global Health Track MPH curriculum differs from the Global Health Department MPH degrees in that it focuses on epidemiologic methods, statistical analysis, determinants of health and disease etiology, in addition to training in program development and policy analysis.


Competitive applicants to the Epidemiology MPH - Global Health Track have substantial (approximately two years) health or health sciences work experience in developing countries. Experience with immigrant and/or under served groups in the U.S. may substitute for some of experience abroad. The degree is appropriate for individuals who possess an MD, DVM, DDS, ND, or PhD degree who seek a career in public health practice or academia. We also consider exceptional individuals with a bachelor's degree and health-related developing country background who seek an MPH to prepare for a master's-level career in public health practice or research, or who plan to apply to the PhD program in Epidemiology after completion of an MPH.

Except for developing country work experience, the admissions criteria are essentially the same as other Epidemiology master's degrees. The Statement of Purpose should specifically address how the applicant will use the training obtained through the Global Health Track to address health problems in developing countries.

Applicants without Requisite Experience
If you are interested in a degree focusing on epidemiology and global health, but lack significant developing country work experience, you may apply for the Epidemiology General Track and a Global Health Graduate Certificate, which will appear on your transcript when completed. Apply for a certificate after you decide to attend UW. Certificate application directions are on the GH Certificate website.

Application Instructions:

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The purpose of the Epidemiology MPH-Global Health Track is to combine broad training in public health with specific training in the principles and methods of epidemiology and community health in developing countries. The degree requirements include course work in epidemiology, biostatistics, global health, health services, and environmental health, a practice experience in a public health agency (practicum), and completion of a research-based master's thesis.

Opportunities for international health research and internships (practica) are available. See Global Health Resources Center for some of the many practicum options. International thesis research must be arranged with a specific Epidemiology faculty member interested in global health after enrolling in the program. Data collected by a public health agency in a developing country may be analyzed for the thesis with approval from UW and the foreign country.

Epidemiology Checklist
Master of Public Health Degree - Global Health Track Checklist

Information subject to change without notice.

This page was last updated on October 31, 2014