Master’s in Global Health and Environment (MPH)

Our program is an interdisciplinary campus-wide program that provides an opportunity to study and develop solutions to the most urgent and complex global environmental changes that are affecting the health of populations around the world.

This transdisciplinary program emphasizes the analytical and practical skills necessary to protect the local, regional and global environment, while achieving sustainable development. Students develop skills in epidemiology, global environmental health, biostatistics and risk analysis in a global context. Students learn to apply their knowledge to address some of the most pressing and complicated environmental health challenges facing the global community.

This two-year program requires 48 units of graduate-level coursework. The curriculum emphasizes a sophisticated understanding of the sources, pathways, exposures, health impacts and control measures for environmental exposures—including pesticides, air pollution, vector-borne diseases, climate-forcing pollutants, waterborne infectious diseases and industrial contaminants—at the household, workplace, community, regional and global levels. Students must also complete a full-time summer internship, as well as a capstone or thesis project demonstrating their ability to synthesize the core areas in global environmental health with application to environmental health problems encountered in the real world.

Curriculum

  • PH 142: Introduction to Probability and Statistics in Biology and Public Health – 4 units
  • PH 250A: Epidemiological Methods I – 3 units
  • PH 270: Introduction to Environmental Health Sciences – 3 units
  • PH 200L: Health and Social Behavior Breadth – 2 units
  • PH 200J: Health Policy and Management Breadth – 2 units
  • PH 245: Statistical Analysis of Categorical Data – 4 units
  • PH 271G: Global Climate Change and Health – 3 units 
  • PH 292: EHS Masters Seminar (EHS Career Pathways) – 1 unit
  • Electives: 4-10 units

Internship (full time): 3 units

  • PH 270A: Exposure Assessment and Control I – 3 units
  • PH W272A: Introduction to GIS for Public Health – 3 units
  • PH 292: EHS Masters Seminar (Capstone Preparation) – 1 unit
  • Electives: 2-10 units
  • PH 292: EHS Masters Seminar (Capstone Seminar) – 3 units
  • Electives: 9-15 units

Qualifications

Ideally, applicants will have completed one undergraduate course in chemistry and one undergraduate course in biology.

  • Common undergraduate majors for admitted applicants: any biological, natural or physical science; public health; environmental studies; international studies; economics; political science; anthropology; and sociology.
  • Common work experience for admitted applicants: Work experience is not required for admission, but successful applicants in past years have worked as student researchers, environmental organizers and advocates, lab technicians, program managers, research scientists, engineers and post-graduate fellows, as well as for global NGOs and the Peace Corps.

Employment

Excellent career opportunities are available for our graduates in government, the private sector, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and academia. Our graduates are qualified for positions in global health programs; federal, state and local health departments; positions in academic global health research; in delivery and evaluation of global health initiatives and public health campaigns; positions carrying out monitoring and evaluation of public health programs; positions with USAID and other federal agencies; work with health research organizations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); and positions carrying out implementation science. Many alumni enter into fellowships or continue their academic work in doctoral programs across the country.

Admissions Statistics

3.55 Average GPA of admitted applicants
78% Average Verbal GRE percentile scores of admitted applicants
67% Average Quantitative GRE percentile scores of admitted applicants