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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.

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Global Health Grand Rounds

Students in the Global Health track work closely with the faculty and staff of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH):

Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH)
2525 West End Avenue, Suite 750
Nashville, TN 37203


  • 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

Culminating Experience

The culminating experience is a graduation requirement for all students in the MPH program. It allows each student to demonstrate synthesis of the MPH foundational and track-specific competencies and produce a high quality written product that is developed and delivered in a manner that is useful to external stakeholders. Students choose to complete a thesis or a capstone project and they select their research topic or focus area. Click here to learn more about the culminating experience.


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.

Student Stories

Track Leadership

Marie H. Martin, Ph.D., M.Ed.
Co-Director, Global Health Track, MPH Program
Associate Director, Education and Training, VIGH

Assistant Professor, Health Policy

Elizabeth Rose, Ed.D., M.Ed., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Global Health Track, MPH Program
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics