Global Public Health Academic Programs
"When it comes to global health, there is no 'them'...only 'us'."
- Global Health
National borders are rapidly becoming less restrictive to the movement of people,
products, animals, and lifestyles. Now, more than ever before, public health professionals
must take a global view and use multidisciplinary approaches to analyze problems and
promote successful interventions.
U-M SPH's involvement in global health goes beyond isolated courses and lectures.
- Well-grounded training programs provide ongoing opportunities for hands-on learning;
- Research in all six departments brings students into established faculty projects
to improve the health of populations on every continent;
- Multidisciplinary projects and symposia tackle timely issues in-depth, many living
on as archived webcasts.
As the School of Public Health expands its contributions to interdisciplinary efforts
across campus and around the globe, we offer the following opportunities for students:
Department of Epidemiology
- The M.P.H. Program in Global Health Epidemiology/International Health takes a complementary approach to the study of relationships between developing and
industrialized countries. A capstone project includes doing an internship in a developing
country between the first and second year, presenting a scientific poster at a departmental
poster session, and completing a data analysis project in the final term.
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
- Global Environmental Health trains future leaders and practitioners for careers in the field of global environmental
health. It responds to a growing interest in global health issues by students applying
to graduate schools, and builds on the considerable expertise in global environmental
Department of Health Management and Policy
- Global Health in Health Management & Policy prepares a small number of students with a broad understanding of health policy and
management issues around the world and practical experience of health policy and management
in a specific healthcare system, non-governmental organization, or international organization.
- The Certificate in Global Health is dedicated to "engaging in analysis and action toward understanding and improving
how globalization affects human well-being." While all U-M SPH students are invited
to incorporate an analysis of globalization in their program of study, the Certificate
in Global Health offers a formalized set of courses and support for field experience
in this area, and is open to students from any SPH department.
Childhood Malnutrition: The Indian Engima
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Assistant Professor in Environmental Health Sciences, Andrew Jones, talks about malnutrition
in children and the "Indian Enigma." Even as the economic climate of the country improves
impressively, India still has the most undernourished children of any country in the