University of Southern California
USC Master of Public Health Program (MPH)
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About the Global Health Leadership Concentration

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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Technical specialist/consultant 
  • Grant writer
  • Program manager
  • Program development officer
  • Chief administrative officer of international affairs
  • 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
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