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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2017-19 [Archived Catalog]

Global Health - MGH

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Degree Title: Master of Global Health

Program Name and Number: MG8172 [online], MG8173 [Athens, Hybrid]

Department/Units: Department of Interdisciplinary Health Studies

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus, Hybrid, Online

Terms of Entry: [Fall | Spring | Summer]

Program Mission: To prepare students to work with multilateral and international agencies, national governments and local agencies with a solid understanding of the roles that geography, landscape, language, food, community, national governance, and religion play in healthcare decision-making and practice.

Program Learning Objectives:

At the completion of the MGH, students will:

  1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of cultural, social, political, economic, and environmental determinants of global health, global burden of disease, and health disparities.
  2. Evaluate and navigate the cultural and ethical considerations inherent in global health contexts, especially when working with vulnerable populations.
  3. Analyze global health issues, policy, and health-delivery systems from multiple perspectives.
  4. Demonstrate effectiveness on interprofessional teams and in collaboration with community-based partners.
  5. Identify and use data for problem identification, best practices, and identification of available resources.
  6. Analyze and evaluate new and emerging trends in the application of technology and innovation in meeting complex health needs in resource poor communities.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to design and lead a field project responding to a global health issue.

Program Overview:  The Masters of Global Health prepares post-baccalaureate students to deal with health issues that transcend national and international borders and to engage in the global community as clinicians, researchers, managers, developers, and as policy consultants. Students develop a deep-understanding of the complexities impacting health care delivery and the necessity of working on interprofessional teams to develop community-based solutions in underserved and resource-poor communities. Students complete 38 credit hours of coursework, which includes a field experience and a scholarly project. Students are encouraged to combine their global health studies with other disciplines to create their own concurrent focus in fields such as medicine, nursing, social work, business, international development, international communications, regional specializations (e.g. Africa, Latin America, Asia/SE Asia), and environmental studies. Students will participate in ongoing interprofessional global health projects and research that tackle complex multi-faceted issues in resource-poor regions. It will prepare students for careers that increasingly demand critical thinking, an interprofessional mindset, and international vision.

The five core courses provide a solid base of knowledge for multiple disciplines, interests, and skills and include Fundamentals of Global Health, Globalization and Health, Comparative Health Systems, International Health Programming, Research Methods, Global Health Research and Services. Twelve elective credits provide an opportunity to get a broad understanding of global health or in depth exploration of a specific concentration.  Students will complete a scholarly project that requires a field experience. The type of project is dependent on their area of concentration, interest, and available placements.The scholarly project teams the student with a faculty preceptor and community preceptor to produce a product pertinent to global health. At the end of the program, all students are expected to have an in depth understanding of determinants of health and illness and diverse methods of approaching health problems in settings with varied cultural, socio-economic and political characteristics.

Concentrations: This MGH program is a generalist degree track .   Students have the option of concentrating in one of three areas, clinical, education, policy/law.

Opportunities for Graduates: Graduates with an MGH work in a variety of settings, including: the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, non-governmental agencies working in the area of health and development or local or national governmental agencies on health.

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Graduation Requirements: 38 semester hours, including the completion of a capstone project. 

  • The required courses are:
    • IHS 5210    Fundamentals of Global Health
    • IHS 6210    Globalization & Health
    • IHS 5222    Comparative Health Systems
    • HTLH 5120 International Health Programming
    • IHS 5521    Global Health Research and Services
    • Research Methodology from any participating department
  • Free Electives: 12 hours

Culminating Experience: Students complete an approved capstone/field experience with a global focus, which can include immigrant and migrant communities within or outside the U.S. Students will complete a reflection paper and a presentation or paper about their experience.

Admission Requirements:

The selection and review process for admission into the CEOMPH program requires:

  • Completed online application form.
  • Official academic record from each institution of higher learning attended..
  • A cover letter (no more than two pages) explaining your educational history; professional history; area of interest in global health; interest and motivation for seeking a MGH degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic or professional background, preferably someone from a previous or current academic program or current place of employment.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in bachelor’s degree program from a regionally accredited institution or foreign institution with a degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Preferred degrees include: health fields (nursing, medicine), development studies, international studies, and anthropology. Acceptable degrees depend in part on applicants’ work experience, concentration and career goals.
  • GRE scores taken within the last five years (you may be exempt if you have a professional or academic master’s or doctoral degree).
  • TOEFL scores taken within the last two years from graduates of institutions outside of the United States who are non-native English speakers. The minimum score must be 550 (paper-based) or 80 (read/speak/listen=17, write=14, internet-based).
  • Financial information worksheet from applicants who are non-immigrants of the U.S.

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