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Masters Program

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2013 GHS Masters students

Masters Commencement

John L. Ziegler Retires

UCSF Breaks Ground on Global Health Building

GHS to Move to Mission Bay in Fall 2014

Doctor from Ethiopia Thinks Big

Geb Kassa, MD, MPH, MS

Masters, Class of 2011

Scholarships available!

The UCSF Masters in Global Health Sciences has received generous philanthropic and grant support for student scholarships for the 2014-2015 school year. All accepted candidates will be considered for funding. Additionally, we have received special funding to recruit students interested in translational medicine projects. Translational medicine projects focus on adapting existing technologies or creating novel technologies for use in resource-constrained settings. Please e-mail us if you have questions about this funding (

The Global Health Sciences (GHS) MS degree is a one-year, four-quarter program designed for students or practitioners in a health science profession or related field (anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, law, or international studies) who wish to acquire expertise and leadership in the field of global health.

Graduates are prepared for careers in research, policy, organizational leadership, program management and evaluation, and academia.

More than 70 faculty members from UCSF's four professional schools (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry and Nursing) and the Graduate Division, as well as from other UC campuses, teach and mentor the masters students. Courses emphasize hands-on global health practice through lectures, seminars, case studies, debates, and team-based projects. A cornerstone of the program is the capstone project, a unique 10-week, often experiential opportunity to focus on a student's particular area of interest. The capstone project allows students to apply rigorous scholarship to active projects in global health. Faculty incorporate the trans-disciplinary nature of global health into all courses so that students comprehend the variety of perspectives on global health problems and their solutions. The learning environment emphasizes faculty involvement, peer teaching, problem-solving, and discussion.

A unique aspect and strength of our program is the high faculty to student ratio. Faculty are easily accessible to students. Each student has close advising from a member of the faculty, a capstone mentor, and the program leadership.