Coursework, Practicum, & Thesis

The Global Health MPH Program is an in-residence, full-time, day program where students complete required and elective coursework, a practicum, and a thesis as part of their course of study. Students have access to all University of Washington courses and are encouraged take advantage of classes in other departments. Case studies and applied learning are common approaches, and contributions by students provide a major component of the learning environment.

Coursework

G H 511 Problems in Global Health (4 cr) Gloyd
Explores social, political, economic, environmental determinants of developing countries' health; traces development of societal responses to problems. Includes: origins of primary healthcare; child survival; traditional systems; population; water; sanitation; international agencies; impact of economic policies. Case study formulating pharmaceutical policy in a developing country.

*EPI 511 Introduction to Epidemiology (4 cr) Kukull
Epidemiologic methods for non-epidemiology majors. Focuses on research designs and methods to describe distribution and determinants of disease and health events in populations; uses quantitative and biomedical information to infer whether causal relationships exist between potential causes and disease in populations.

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*EPI 512 Epidemiologic Methods I (4 cr) A. PHIPPS, A. ROWHANI-RAHBAR, N. WEISS
Considers principles and methods of epidemiology. Covers measures of disease frequency, descriptive epidemiology, overview of study designs, measures of excess risk, causal inference, screening, measurement error, misclassification, effect modification, and confounding. First in a two course sequence.

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EPI 513 Epidemiologic Methods II (4) A. PHIPPS, A. ROWHANI-RAHBAR, N. WEISS
Considers how epidemiologic studies may be designed to maximize etiologic inference. Covers infectious disease epidemiologic studies, randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional studies, ecological and multilevel studies, and selected topics such as meta-analysis. Second in a two course sequence.

          Students should review the EPI guide to assist with determining if they should take the stand-alone course, EPI 511, or the series, EPI 512/513.

*BIOST 511 Medical Biometry I (4 cr)
Presentation of the principles and methods of data description and elementary parametric and nonparametric statistical analysis. Examples are drawn from the biomedical literature, and real data sets are analyzed by the students after a brief introduction to the use of standard statistical computer packages. Statistical techniques covered include description of samples, comparison of two sample means and proportions, simple linear regression and correlation.

        Students wanting to continue the biostatistics series can take BIOST 512 and BIOST 513.

ENV H 511 Environmental and Occupational Health (3 cr)
Effects of exposure to chemical, physical, and biological agents, embracing the community and workplace environments. Current issues, using specific cases from recent literature as basis for classroom discussion and written assignments.

HSERV 510 Society and Health (3 cr)
Provides an overview of three core areas in the social and behavioral sciences of public health practice and research: social determinants of individual and population health, health promotion and disease prevention, and cultural competency and community collaboration.

*Students are strongly encouraged to discuss epidemiology and biostatistics options with their advisors as related to future career goals.

In addition to core coursework, General Track students are required to complete the below courses. Prospective students may also find the degree checklist for this track useful in understanding course requirements.

G H 522 Global Program Management and Leadership (3 cr) Downer
Focuses on management and leadership skills for complex global health settings. Includes personal leadership strengths/values; management dilemmas, data-driven decisions; program planning design and evaluation; and resource management.

G H 531 Research and Evaluation Methods in Global Health (3-4 cr) Mock, O'Malley
Provides an overview of a range of evaluation and research designs used in global health. Students learn practical methodologies to obtain, validate, and analyze information regarding health status, services, and programs. Discusses usefulness, validity, limitation of vital records, health reports, household (and cluster) surveys, and qualitative methods.

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G H 532 Responsible Conduct of Research: Global and Local (3 cr) A. DRAKE, C. FARQUHAR
Prepares international and U.S. students to develop research proposals; conduct international and domestic field research; and present scholarly work.

G H 593 MPH Workshop (1 cr) Rao  (autumn, winter, and spring of first year)
Introduces students to the issues involved in conceptualizing and completing thesis projects and the various international health organizations and faculty members available as resources to projects.

And six Department of Global Health elective credits.

In addition to core coursework, Health Metrics and Evaluation (HME) Track students complete a three quarter seminar for students in the HME track as well as a seminar run by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.  Additional required courses focus on quantitative skill development. Prospective students may also find the degree checklist for this track useful in understanding course requirements.

  • IHME Seminar, G H 592A

  • HME Track Seminar, G H 592B

  • Research and Evaluation Methods in Global Health, G H 531

  • Mortality Analysis for Global Health, G H 590A or Global Burden of Disease, G H 590G

  • And 15 credits from methodological and analytical courses from a variety of quantitative disciplines

In addition to core coursework, Leadership, Policy and Management Track students are required to complete the below courses. Prospective students may also find the degree checklist for this track useful in understanding our course requirements.

G H 521 Leadership Development in Global Health (3 cr) Campbell
Primarily taught through self and group assessment, case studies and small group work, explores student's leadership and management effectiveness, strengths and weaknesses.

G H 522 Global Program Management and Leadership (3 cr) Downer
Focuses on management and leadership skills for complex global health settings. Includes personal leadership strengths/values; management dilemmas, data-driven decisions; program planning design and evaluation; and resource management.

G H 523 Policy Development and Advocacy for Global Health (3) Katz, Lane
Primarily taught through case- and problem-based learning and small group work, explores complex factors affecting global health policy and how context (e.g., ideology, culture, and history), international institutions, scientific knowledge, and stakeholder interests affect the structure of and changes to a nation's health system and its performance.

G H 531 Research and Evaluation Methods in Global Health (3-4 cr) Mock, O'Malley
Provides an overview of a range of evaluation and research designs used in global health. Students learn practical methodologies to obtain, validate, and analyze information regarding health status, services, and programs. Discusses usefulness, validity, limitation of vital records, health reports, household (and cluster) surveys, and qualitative methods.

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G H 532 Responsible Conduct of Research: Global and Local (3 cr) A. DRAKE, C. FARQUHAR
Prepares international and U.S. students to develop research proposals; conduct international and domestic field research; and present scholarly work.

G H 593 MPH Workshop (1 cr) Rao  (autumn, winter, and spring of first year)
Introduces students to the issues involved in conceptualizing and completing thesis projects and the various international health organizations and faculty members available as resources to projects.

And six Department of Global Health elective credits.