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Global Health Epidemiology

Milken Institute School of Public Health

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

While nurturing students’ capacity to think critically and creatively, we strive to deepen their commitment to improving the public’s health and to engaging in and promoting public service—qualities essential for future epidemiologists and public health practitioners.

Master's Degree

Our program helps students develop the necessary methodological and quantitative skills to conduct research in an international setting and successfully improve the health and well-being of people around the world. The MPH curriculum prepares students to design and conduct studies, manage health data, and make leadership decisions in the context of international public health.

Students will be prepared to identify determinants of health problems, to design and conduct epidemiologic and intervention research in national and international settings, and to communicate their findings to lay audiences.

Faculty members are affiliated with many international governmental and nongovernmental organizations based in Washington, DC. Through a variety of public and private national and international organizations based in the US and overseas, students have extensive access to internships and other learning opportunities designed to expose them to international public health challenges.

With courses scheduled in the late afternoons and early evenings, our programs allow students to attain valuable career experience while they earn their degrees.

Admission Requirements


Fall – April 15 (Applications must be complete by December 15 for priority scholarship consideration.)
Spring – October 1
Summer – January 15

Only current GW MPH students are eligible to apply to the Global Health Epidemiolgy program. Students who wish to apply to the program must first apply to the MPH Global Health or MPH Epidemiology program.  After completing the first semester in either of these programs, student may  request transfer to the Global Health Epidemiology program.

At the end of their first semester, students must submit a transfer petition and an updated resume to the Admissions Office.  The original application (including original test scores and transcripts) will be reviewed, along with the student’s first semester grades.  Pre-requisite courses include PubH 321: Global Health Frameworks, PubH 202: Biostatistics, and PubH 203: Epidemiology.

Contact Information:

Office of Admissions
2nd Floor
Milken Institute School of Public Health
950 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037

For questions: ~ 202.994.2160 (phone)
 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday