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Global Health

For more information contact

Sarah Martin
Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions
Duke Global Health Institute
136 Trent Hall
Durham, NC 27708
Duke University
Phone: (919) 613-5077



General Information

Degree offered:
MS-GH, Graduate Certificate
Faculty working with students:
Students receiving Financial Aid:
Part time study available:

Program Description

The Duke Global Health Institute offers a Master of Science in Global Health (MS-GH) and an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Global Health.

DGHI aims to attract and enroll students from a wide variety of academic and personal backgrounds, who share a mutual interest in improving health outcomes and health equity for all people, including students coming directly from their undergraduate studies, physicians seeking enhanced research training or global health context, and individuals with significant volunteer, international, and/or professional work experiences, with clear goals for utilizing interdisciplinary research training in their global health careers.

The Master of Science in Global Health program is guided by the principle that complex global health challenges require a multidisciplinary, multisector approach that leverages diverse perspectives. Our faculty include experts in medicine, engineering, the environment, public policy, law, business, social sciences and the humanities.

Through a tailored, flexible MS-GH curriculum, you will examine the larger context of global health. The 38-credit curriculum, requiring at least three full-time terms of study, focuses on:

  • An understanding of key global health concepts and challenges
  • A solid foundation in core methodologies used in global health research
  • Ethics training and considerations applicable across cultures
  • Core concepts to help students evaluate and understand health systems

In addition to coursework, all students will spend at least ten weeks pursing a closely-mentored, field-based global health research project or practice-based internship, which will lead to the culminating thesis or master’s paper. 

 More details on the curriculum and approach can be found on the program website.

The Graduate Certificate in Global Health addresses the needs of Duke graduate and professional students preparing for careers connected to global health by providing students with an interdisciplinary framework and tools to synthesize current knowledge and to formulate innovative solutions to achieve health equity, with a particular focus on health in underserved populations. The certificate requires completion of three courses, a graduate seminar, and includes opportunities for field-based experiences.



Application Information

Application Terms Available

Application Deadline
March 1
The priority deadline is January 15, 2022.
Applications received by March 1, 2022 are guaranteed review. After March 2, 2022, applications will be accepted on a space-available basis through May 31, 2022.

Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.

  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
  • Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Required
  • Résumé: Required
  • GRE Scores: GRE General or MCAT (Optional for 2022)
  • English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
    *test waiver may apply for some applicants
  • GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required

Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)
Applicants must submit responses to two short answer questions:

  1. Please tell us about a cross-cultural experience you have had, either internationally or within your own country or community.  What were your greatest challenges?  What did you learn from the experience, about yourself and working with others?  Please write no more than 1 page, single-spaced, in a 12 point font.
  2. Please write no more than 1 page where you briefly highlight the following:
    • Your academic preparation and/or professional experience in quantitative methods and skills (e.g. math, statistics, epidemiology).
    • Please provide a bulleted list of relevant academic coursework with final grades, and any relevant research projects, extracurricular engagement, experience with software, and/or professional responsibilities (no more than one page).
    • Your academic and/or professional writing experiences, as evidenced through research papers, an undergraduate thesis, scientific writing courses, or professional writing.

Writing Sample
None required

We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance