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USC Master of Public Health Program (MPH)
GLOBAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP
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About the Global Health Leadership Track

The purpose of this global health leadership track is to equip students and develop leaders with world-class knowledge and technology in population-based disease prevention and control and public health leadership and management principles to work with international partners to strengthen regional public health systems, enhance public health preparedness and emergency response, and protect and improve global health as a whole. MPH Graduates of this track will be equipped with knowledge, skills and abilities to lead multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-national initiatives to enhance the health status and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities around the world.


The program of study is designed from the following courses:

  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Culture and Health: Global Perspectives
  • Global Health Research and Programs
  • Global Health, Law, and Human Rights
  • Global Health Governance and Diplomacy
  • Disasters, Conflict, and Global Health

Questions and Answers about
Global Health Leadership Track

Why study Global Health Leadership?
  • Globalization has linked our health more closely to one another than ever before. The rapid movement of people and food across borders means that a disease can travel from a remote village to an urban hub at breakneck speed.
  • To identify variations in health status with a focus on the impact of socioeconomic status, politics, environment, education, and other such factors on access to care, the etiology of illness, progression of disease and recovery from illness
  • To build leadership skills to engage in a variety of projects around the world that seek to improve health and prevent disease.
  • To learn about the interplay of public health with politics and socioeconomic issues, and become particularly knowledgeable of the important role of culture in promoting health and preventing diseases at a global level
  • To work with international partners to strengthen regional public health systems, enhance public health preparedness and emergency response, and protect and improve global health as a whole. 
  • To develop knowledge, skills and abilities to design programs, work in multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-national initiatives to enhance the health status and wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities around the world.
What kinds of course work will be involved?
  • The five core courses that all MPH students complete
  • Three foundation courses that offer to build leadership skills and apply them to public health systems. Students in this track will examine 21st century challenges and threats in public health and will engage in a variety of hands-on experiences locally and internationally that allow them to reinforce classroom learning related to world-class problems
  • One track elective and one general elective
What types of work will students be able to do after graduating?
  • Global resources administration and management
  • Refugee health/ International health
  • Evaluate climate and environmental change and its implications for global population health
  • Work for humanitarian emergencies/ emergency response and relief
  • Work with government agencies/ministries of health/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) 
  • Work with research community and universities worldwide
  • Communication in global settings
  • Strategic planning, evaluation and reporting
  • Evaluation, impact planning and population health improvement
What are some job titles that graduates can seek in this field?
  • Technical specialist/consultant 
  • Grant writer
  • Program manager
  • Program development officer
  • Chief administrative officer of international affairs
What are some agencies students could work for?
  • World Health Organizations (WHO)
  • United Nations Children’s Fund 
  • Bureau for Global Health
  • President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
  • US Agency for International Development
  • United Methodist Committee on Relief (UNCOR)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
TRACK DIRECTORS


Lourdes Baez Conde, Ph.D., MPH, MA
baezcond@usc.edu

Heather Wipfli, Ph.D.
hwipfli@usc.edu

TRACK CURRICULUM

TESTIMONIALS

MPH Program at USC has been an incredible experience. I met so many amazing people that are doing amazing work. I also had lots of global experience and I am building a career in that

--Sandra Najuna, Class of 2015

Master of Public Health Program
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

The USC Master of Public Health Program received full accreditation from
the Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH) on June 2, 2003
and re-accreditation on June 2008.
More information regarding MPH Program Accreditation...

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