MPH Global Health Track

Penn's Global Health Track offers a curriculum designed specifically for applicants to the interdisciplinary Master of Public Health Program who are interested in both the theory and practice of global public health. Recognizing that global health is an emerging area in the field,  Penn's global health curriculum delivers core public health skills within a global context.

  • Learn more about the competencies of the global health track.

The fourteen course units (14 cu) required for the MPH in Global Health track are described below. Students must take a minimum of 11 cu under the PUBH prefix.

Core MPH Requirements (8.0 cu)

  • PUBH 5010 Introduction to Biostatistics
  • PUBH 5020 Introduction to Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
  • PUBH 5040 Public Health Theories & Frameworks
  • PUBH 5050 Public Health Policy and Administration
  • PUBH 5060 Methods for Public Health Practice
  • PUBH 5070 Public Health Law & Ethics
  • PUBH 7080 Capstone I
  • PUBH 7090 Capstone II

Required Fieldwork Experience 125 hours: Students within the Global Health Track will identify (with assistance from MPH program staff and faculty) a practical fieldwork experience that addresses their key global public health interests either outside of the US with an appropriate organization/program or in the Philadelphia area with an organization that focuses on global health or immigrant issues. 

Additional competencies specific to specialized knowledge in Global Health are acquired through 3 required global public health courses to be chosen from among the following:

Global Health Required Track Electives (1.0 cu)

Global Health Track students must choose one of the following additional courses:

  • PUBH 5190: Foundations of Global Health - Addressing Health Disparities 
  • PUBH 5250: Health and Human Rights
  • PUBH 5510: Global Health Policy and Delivery

Global Health Electives (2.0 cu)

Global Health Track students will choose two additional electives with global health content from across the University's offerings. Please note:

  • Not all courses listed below are offered each year; please see individual departmental websites and the registrar's course listing for current offerings.
  • Foundation courses listed above can also count as Global Health electives if not taken as the foundation course.
  • At least 3 of the 6 courses taken in addition to the Core MPH requirements listed above must have a PUBH prefix.


  • BIOE 565: Rationing; Rationing and Resource Allocation
  • COMM 703: International Communication: Power and Flow
  • CPLN 621:Metropolitan Food Systems
  • DEMG 607/SOCI 607: Introduction to Demography
  • EDUC 514: Education in Developing Countries
  • EPID 516: Disease Ecology
  • EPID 646: Reproductive Epidemiology
  • EPID 656: Research Methods in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • HCMG 859: Comparative Health Care Systems
  • HCMG 868: Private Sector Role in Global Health
  • HPR 610/PUBH 537: Achieving Evidence-Based Health Policy
  • HPR 611: Implementation Science in Health and Health Care
  • LAW 606: Refugee Law
  • LAW 660: Public International Law
  • LAW 759: International Human Rights
  • LGST 524: Human Rights and Globalization
  • NURS 516: International Nutrition: World Hunger
  • NURS 644: Health Care in an Aging Society
  • PUBH 517/ EPI 518: Geography and Health
  • PUBH 519: Issues in Global Health
  • PUBH 521: Program Evaluation in Public Health
  • PUBH 525: Health and Human Rights
  • PUBH 529: Public Health Perspectives on Family Planning
  • PUBH 540: Go Global
  • PUBH 551: Global Health Policy and Delivery
  • PUBH 553: The Science and Politics of Food
  • PUBH 588: Leadership Skills in Community Health
  • PUBH 598: Independent Study - Global Experience
  • SWRK 736: Building Community Capacity

The courses listed above are approved Global Health Track electives, but should be considered just a starting point in building your Global Health Track curriculum. We encourage students to propose additional courses that meet their learning goals and global health competencies for approval as a Global Health Track elective. 

If there is a course you are interested in taking that is not listed here, please contact your academic advisor with the course syllabus to discuss the relevance of this course to your public health training. 

Other Electives (3.0 cu)

Students in the Global Health Track will choose 3 additional cu to make up the full complement of 14 cu for the MPH degree. Note: At least 3 of the 6 courses taken in addition to the Core MPH requirements must have a PUBH prefix.

Capstone Culminating Experience

The Capstone is a culminating experience required for graduation in the Master of Public Health Program. Read more about capstone. Students within the Global Health Track will identify and carry out a Capstone project that addresses their key global public health interests and learning goals.

Funding your Global Capstone

Student Group Opportunities

The Global Health Society