Global Health and Population


The Department of Global Health and Population (GHP) provides students with the opportunity to produce powerful ideas that improve the lives and health of people everywhere. Through research and teaching, GHP programs and projects span more than 30 countries working towards advancements in the field of global health. 

GHP welcomes students who strive to advance global health and population studies through distinctive teaching and exceptional research.  

Students receive a unique foundation of global health methods through research and teaching – including competency in various quantitative and qualitative methods that are applied to the study of various problems and solutions. 

Department overview

The Department of Global Health and Population (GHP) offers three unique degree programs for students who are passionate about researching global health and population issues or developing analytical and methodological skills to effectively respond to key challenges affecting the health of populations in a global context. 

Degree programs

Student interests 

Students who choose Global Health and Population (GHP) are passionate about implementing and evaluating effective strategies to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe. They are focused on research and quantitative methods as a means to understand and confront major challenges in population and global health. 

Depending on prior experience and education, students will utilize population sciences into their degree programs in different ways. Students in the SM-80 or PhD programs are dedicated to public health research, while MPH students are focused on public health practice. 

Career outcomes 

Global Health and Population (GHP) Master of Science (SM-80) graduates contribute to the improvement of global health by pursuing a range of careers in applied research, policy analysis, health education, or continuing their studies in a doctoral program. 

Graduates of the Master of Public Health with a field of study in Global Health (MPH-45) are typically health professionals with prior relevant global health experience who move into leadership and management roles in global health at subnational, national, or international levels. 

Graduates of the PhD program have found employment in: 

  • Postdoctoral positions 
  • Tenure-track faculty positions 
  • Management/research positions at government agencies