Introducing Our Master of Public Health Program’s New Concentration, Global Health Leadership

Public health is a global issue, now more than ever. The world needs more skilled leaders to address emerging public health challenges. To meet this growing demand, we’ve decided to launch a new Global Health Leadership concentration in our Master of Public Health (MPH) program. 

Three monumental challenges face nations and communities around the world.

The first is emerging viral outbreaks. Reflecting on the COVID-19 pandemic, we see the urgent need for skilled public health leaders in the field, tracking outbreaks, and managing response teams. 

The second is access to health care. People across the globe need help accessing healthcare systems to get the care they need. There is a huge demand for public health leaders to make these systems easier to navigate in communities at home and abroad.

The last and most pressing public health issue facing the world is climate change. Disruptions in weather patterns, changing landscapes, and degradation of the environment have caused an unprecedented level of health crises around the globe. From viral epidemics to increased strain on healthcare systems, the world is already feeling climate change’s health consequences

The world needs new leaders to step up and address these significant challenges. Our program aims to help fill that demand.

Beginning in the fall semester of 2023, MPH students can choose to take a three-course, nine-credit specialization in Global Health Leadership studies. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset required to lead in the dynamic landscape of global public health. 

Program director Dr. Jan Carney says this specialization will open vital and exciting career paths to program candidates:

“Our students will be able to work in everything from the CDC and the WHO to NGOs or specific opportunities, whether in global settings or here in the United States. The big distinction is they will be prepared to manage and lead.” 

Here’s a snapshot of the Global Health Leadership curriculum:  

Cross-Cultural Competence: Understanding and respecting diverse cultural backgrounds are vital to forming meaningful partnerships and implementing sustainable interventions. Our program emphasizes cultural humility and the ability to communicate across cultures effectively.

Collaborative Governance: Global health leadership is about building bridges and fostering strong collaborations with governments, non-governmental organizations, communities, and international agencies. Our students will master the art of collaborative governance to effect positive change.

Ethical Decision-Making: Ethical dilemmas are ubiquitous in global health work. This concentration emphasizes the importance of ethical decision-making, ensuring that principles of social justice, equity, and respect for human rights guide our leaders.

Systems Thinking: The interconnected nature of global health challenges requires a holistic understanding of systems thinking. Our curriculum teaches students to analyze and address complex health issues from a broad perspective.

Leadership in Crisis: Crises demand strong leadership. The Global Health Leadership concentration – and the entire MPH program — prepares students to be resilient and resourceful leaders during emergencies and humanitarian crises.

Professional Development: Apart from academic excellence, we believe in nurturing personal and professional growth. Mentorship, leadership coaching, and networking opportunities will be integral to our students’ experience.

Dr. Carney adds: “The real benefit is that you get all the great strengths of our MPH Health Program — and we prepare skilled and versatile students in public health practice, research, education, and leadership — and you get a concentration in global health leadership.” 

Are you ready to meet the call?

The Global Health Leadership concentration offers an unrivaled opportunity for passionate individuals seeking to make a real difference. Our program will empower you to excel in your career and instill the values of social responsibility and ethical leadership that are crucial in shaping a more equitable and healthier global community.

We encourage you to seize this chance to become a catalyst for positive change. To learn more about the program and apply, visit our program page or inquire using the form below.

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