Global Public Health Academic Programs

"When it comes to global health, there is no 'them'...only 'us'."

                                                                  - Global Health Council

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. For example:

  • 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 health.
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.

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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 world.

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