MS Global Health

Are you concerned about global health issues? Passionate about changing the world? Go beyond fighting disease and health disparities by digging deeper into their sociocultural and evolutionary roots. Pick up where medical practice leaves off and create evidence-based, contextually-informed, and far-reaching solutions to localized and universal health concerns.

Program Description

Degree Awarded: MS Global Health

The MS program in global health in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change exposes students to a comprehensive understanding of the factors that lead to morbidity around the world, including ecological, political, cultural, institutional, historical, evolutionary, social and technological factors. This program seeks to equip students with the necessary skills to create effective, sustainable and culturally-appropriate approaches to prevent, assess and mitigate disease, as well as to assess critically the work of others in their professional environments.

The program helps learners to cultivate professional practice through focus on application of technical knowledge into professional settings by integrating recognized global health competencies.

At a Glance: program details

  • Location: online
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Degree Requirements

Required Core (6 credit hours)
ASB 504 Global Health Policy (3)
ASM 503 Evolutionary Medicine and Global Health (3)

Restricted Electives (9 credit hours)
ASB 455 Practicum for Social Sciences (3)
ASB 462 Medical Anthropology: Culture and Health (3)
ASB 500 Qualitative Data Analysis (3)
ASB 510 Health: Biocultural Theories (3)
ASB 526 Survey Topics in Global Nutrition (3)
ASB 548 Topic: Maternal and Child Health (3)

Electives or Research (12 credit hours)

Other Requirement (3 credit hours)
ASB 584 Internship (3)

Culminating Experience (0 credit hours)
portfolio (0)

Additional Curriculum Information
For restricted electives, students complete at least nine credit hours from the list above.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program. If applicants do not meet the minimum GPA requirements, their application may still be considered under the holistic admissions process based on the combination of their CV, work experience and written statement.

All applicants must submit:

  1. Graduate admission application and application fee
  2. Official transcripts
  3. Personal statement
  4. Up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume
  5. Two letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation
At least one letter must be from an academic source; the second letter can be from an employer/supervisor, religious official, community leader, etc.

Personal statement
For the personal statement, please write a statement of intent (1000 words or less) that addresses two questions:

  1. How will the MS in Global Health program at ASU help you meet your goals? For example, how will it help you to address a particular problem or support your career progression?
  2. How will your background, including but not limited to prior training and experiences, support your success in this program?

If your academic record indicates a GPA below 3.0 in a graduate degree or last 60 credits of an undergraduate degree, you may describe the contributing circumstances in your personal statement.

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

Students who have graduated from programs in anthropology, biology, public health, applied mathematics, statistics, or in a related social science degree may be particularly well-positioned for this program. Applicants with previous degrees in other fields should address in the written statement how their previous studies have prepared them for this program.

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Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

Program Contact Information

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