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Master of Science in Global Health and Equity

Be a part of the movement and join the next generation of leaders in global health and equity creating meaningful improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable populations.

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Global Health and Equity program, offered by University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, will equip you with an understanding of emerging global health issues and prepare you to be a transdisciplinary thinker who promotes social justice and health equity by influencing change, improving health outcomes and fostering domestic and international growth.

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About the Program 

Through a combination of classroom learning and firsthand, practical experiences in diverse settings, you will not only examine some of the most complex global health and equity challenges facing communities today but directly address these issues.

Foundations of the M.S. in Global Health and Equity program include:

  • Determinants of health and structural inequities
  • Community and civic engagement 
  • Intercultural knowledge and awareness 
  • Population health
  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Sustainable solutions

Experiential Education

Designed so you will be highly competitive in the global health and equity field, this 18-month program prepares you to step out of the classroom and into the workforce.

Following two semesters of course work, you will gain hands-on experience during a six-month field-based capstone/practicum guided by experts in the field and chosen by you. Based domestically or abroad, this experience allows you to learn how theoretical global health and equity concepts are implemented within specific contexts.

You will have flexibility to tailor your experience to match your passions and career goals.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the M.S. in Global Health and Equity program, you must meet the following admissions requirements.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from an international institution
  • Statement of purpose 
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume

GRE exam scores are not required but can be submitted. English proficiency is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. Most students fulfill the English requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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Student Outcomes

After completing your degree, you can utilize your skills and expertise in careers such as:

  • Researcher
  • Global health and equity consultant
  • Global health educator
  • Program manager or administrator 
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Health policy analyst
  • Health program monitor and evaluator
  • Data scientist
  • Corporate responsibility manager
  • Clinician in resource-limited settings (when added to a clinical degree)

These careers span a variety of different employers, including: 

  • Departments of health 
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • International or multilateral organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Academic institutions
  • Faith-based organizations 
  • Consulting groups
  • Immigration service

Program Curriculum

Through a mix of required and elective courses, consisting of 32 credit hours, you will develop a deep understanding of the economic, social, environmental, political and health care issues afflicting vulnerable populations around the world.

The M.S. in Global Health and Equity program provides you with a wider perspective on these pressing issues with instruction from faculty with cross-disciplinary expertise.

Required courses include:

  • Principles and Critical Issues in Global Health and Equity (3 credits)
  • Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • Comparative Health Systems and Global Health Policy (3 credits)
  • Research Methods (3 credits)
  • Global Health and Equity Case Series and Seminars (1 credit/semester)
  • Practicum/Capstone Project (9 credits)

Elective courses may include:

  • Global Burden of Disease
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Medical Access and Supply Chain Management
  • Introduction to Pharmacoeconomics and Health Outcomes Research
  • One Health: Humans, Animals and the Environment
  • Project Management and Marketing
  • HIV/AIDS and Society
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Illness, Identity and Inequality in U.S. History
  • International and National Legal Environments for Health Care

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