Global Health in Health Management & Policy (GHMP)

A great experience for those interested in health services and health policy in a global context.

  • Global health is exciting, growing, diverse, and competitive. The HMP Global Health Program prepares a small number of students to work in global health policy and management, either in the United States or abroad. The HMP global health degree is pursued by a small set of students within the larger MHSA and MPH programs, chosen at admission, who are training to apply their health management and policy skills in a range of international contexts. Students will combine the general skills of the HMP MPH/MHSA with coursework and internships that give them 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.
  • Many HMP faculty members have active research agendas regarding health systems and health policy in other nations, including both developing and developed countries. These professors bring their knowledge and experience into the classroom, and hire students as research assistants on their project.
  • The HMP core curriculum, while primarily focuses on the U.S., provides students with a broad set of competencies and skills that are applicable to multiple countries and contexts. Students leave the program with a deep knowledge of core issues in health systems and public health, and a broad set of analytical, communication, and leadership skills that are transferable and applicable across countries.
  • The curriculum includes several courses that focus on health systems and services issues in other countries. In many core courses, students also examine the U.S. health system in a comparative context, relative to other nations.
  • Each year, several HMP students go abroad to do their summer internships. Recent examples include NGOs in India, Rwanda, and Kenya; the United Kingdom National Health Service Fife in Scotland; the Strategic Health Authority in England; the Council of Women World Leaders in Finland; and the World Health Organization in Geneva.
  • All HMP students are free to pursue a Certificate in Global Public Health. This program  entails a minimum of 13 credits of coursework focusing on public health issues resulting from the globalization of the world's economies, cultures, production systems, transnational policies, and increasingly shared environments. This certificate, combined with the rigorous HMP core curriculum, prepares HMP graduates for exciting careers in health management and policy in a variety of global contexts.

 HMP Internship Experiences

"As the leader in global public health issues, the World Health Organization [WHO] is committed to building future leaders in public health. WHO's Internship Program allowed me to gain insight into the technical and administrative programs of WHO while working on high priority and important issues in global mental health. In particular, I spent my time working on suicide and alcohol use, my department's two main concerns, after the passing of the Mental Health Action Plan at the 2013 World Health Assembly. My time spent surrounded by the global leaders in my field was an enlightening experience, and one I have learned much from and will not soon forget."

 HMP Internship Experiences

Ellen Mork (HMP 2018), talks about her summer internship experience in Kigali, Rwanda with HMP Professor Scott Greer.

She went on to win 1st place for the best poster at the 2017 Global Public Health Poster Session. Her poster was entitled, "Post-Partum IUD Uptake in Kigali, Rwanda"