Doctor of Global Health Leadership and Practice

Our application for the Autumn 2022 cohort is now closed. We anticipate applications for the Autumn 2023 cohort to open on Sept. 1, 2022.

During the application period, all applicants must apply online through the UW Graduate School admission website.  At this site, you will need to "Create a Profile" and then submit an online application for "Global Health - Doctor of Global Health (Leadership and Practice)", submit all application materials electronically, and pay an application fee to the Graduate School for our program.  

Please review the UW Graduate School’s webpage on Understanding the Application Process.

Criteria for Admissions

The DrGH program recruits students who wish to pursue long-term careers in global health, whether in academic institutions, Ministries of Health, NGOs, or the private sector. Candidates for admission to the DrGH program must meet the requirements of the UW Graduate School, as well as additional minimal requirements of the Department of Global Health.

These minimum requirements include:

  • Masters level training in global health, public health, or related fields (e.g. public policy, international development, health administration, economics, business, biomedical engineering, health informatics, urban planning, etc.) or training in medicine, nursing, social work, or other health sciences degree program;
  • At least 3 years (36 months cumulative) of professional experience in non-clinical health program or policy work in the field of global health, with preference given to those with extended professional experience based in a low or middle-income country setting;
  • Meets UW Graduate School English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Additional indicators of future success will be considered in the admissions process, including the nature and duration of previous work and service experience; the level of enthusiasm and detail in letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s work and academic potential; the applicant's written personal statement; and an ability to discuss research or practice work and future goals, among others.

Ideal candidates will have the following characteristics:

  • Be early to mid-career professionals with experience in management of public health programs and/or policy making in low and middle income countries;
  • Have interest in evidence-based global health practice and leadership, using and translating research rather than doing research;
  • Have high leadership potential, with interest in further developing skills to work across the complex architecture of diverse organizations and dynamic policy environments in order to solve complex global health problems in coming decades; 
  • Interest in a terminal degree program which offers:
    • Academic course work at UW during Year 1;
    • Hands-on learning through at least three “Leadership and Practice Experience (LPE)” placements of 6-12 months in diverse organizations and settings, including Ministries of Health (MOH), multilateral and bi-lateral agencies (e.g., the World Health Organization [WHO], the US Agency for International Development [USAID]), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations, academic institutions, and private sector organizations during Years 2-3. 
  • Self-motivated and engaged, ready to shape their own individualized plan for learning, with mentorship from UW faculty.

After an initial review of the applications, the strongest candidates will be invited to interview with faculty from the program’s Admissions Committee, either in-person or via teleconference. The committee will recommend to the Graduate Program Director the names of applicants considered to be highly qualified for admission and a good fit for the program.

DrGH students begin the program in the Autumn Quarter only. For questions and inquiries, please contact