Duke University

Graduate School

Duke Master of Science in Global Health


2138 Campus Drive

Durham, NC 27708

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Global Health

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Global Health program defines a new way to approach training in global health research methodology and prepare future leaders to make an impact. A guiding principle is the recognition that a multidisciplinary and multi-sector approach to health is essential, as health is influenced by a multitude of factors.

Through a tailored, flexible curriculum, students develop an understanding of the larger context of global health, while learning from faculty and other students approaching the topic of global health from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.


The 38-credit curriculum, requiring at least three full-time terms of study, imparts the following:

An understanding of key global health concepts and challenges

A solid foundation in core methodologies used in global health research

Ethics training and considerations applicable across cultures

Core concepts to help students evaluate and understand health systems

Core courses (six courses):

GLHLTH 701 – Global Health Challenges

GLHLTH 702 – Global Health Research: Design and Practice

GLHLTH 705 – Global Health Research: Quantitative Methods I

GLHLTH 707 – Global Health Research: Quantitative Methods II

GLHLTH 740 – Ethics for Global Health Research

GLHLTH 750 – Health Systems in Developing Countries

Elective courses (five courses):

The core courses are taught by faculty from multiple departments and schools at Duke, while elective courses allow students space in their curriculum to focus on a specific area, such as environmental health or health policy. Elective offerings include courses taught across the schools at Duke University, giving students the opportunity to build an individualized skill set and knowledge base best suited to their career goals.

Field-based research and thesis:

A closely mentored and supported field research and a culminating thesis are also credit-bearing program requirements.

At Duke you’ll develop your own thesis project and field experience while working one-on-one with a faculty mentor. 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.  A comprehensive workshop series in the first year of the program supports project development and student preparation.  DGHI offers all students financial support for travel and research expenses. To date, students have completed innovative field research in over 20 countries around the world.


Duke University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award baccalaureate, master's and doctorate degrees.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 38

In State Tuition (per year): 44000 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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