Global Health Track
Improving global public health through leadership, service, and the dissemination of knowledge
The Global Health track is designed to educate innovative and effective public health professionals in the development and management of effective global health initiatives, to contribute to sound public health policies and practices, and to engage in meaningful partnerships with communities.
Students in the Global Health track work closely with the faculty and staff of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH):
- Bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree
- At least two years of relevant, post-undergraduate professional experience working in a low-resource setting or with international populations in the U.S. strongly preferred
In addition to the core public health coursework (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Social and Behavioral Science, Environmental Science, and Health Services Administration), courses include Foundations of Global Health, Essential Skills in Global Health, and Leadership, Policy and Management in Public Health. Click here to view course requirements.
As part of the 400-hour public health practicum, students in the Global Health track may work in an international low-resource setting, or with international populations in the U.S. Previous practicum placements have included:
- Lwala Community Alliance
- World Health Organization
- Partners in Health / Compañeros En Salud
- Fundación INFANT
- ministries of health and non-governmental agencies in countries like Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Guatemala, Haiti, and China
The Master’s Thesis requires students to synthesize and integrate knowledge from their coursework and practicum experiences into a final product. While the product may take the form of a research thesis, a capstone project, a journal article, a policy document, or a program evaluation plan, it should clearly reflect how the project has engaged and impacted the project ‘community’ or site. Students identify a focus area, conduct a literature review, develop a protocol/plan, collect and analyze data when appropriate, and prepare a written product. Click here to learn more about the thesis.
The Global Health Track is designed to equip global health professionals for leadership positions with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, immigrant health agencies, philanthropic foundations, industry, and/or academic institutions.