Improving health and reducing inequities worldwide


Course Information

This academic program is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to important topics, methods, and skills necessary for careers in global health. Courses emphasize hands-on global health practice through lectures, seminars, case studies, debates, and team-based projects. 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 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.

All courses are required except for the choice of one of the offered electives during the Winter Quarter. Every year, the Curriculum Committee reviews and adapts the curriculum based on evolving knowledge in global health as well as faculty and student feedback. These modifications aim to enhance learning, be responsive to student needs, and reflect the current academic discipline and trends of global health scholarship.

The information below will serve as a general outline of the planned curriculum. However it is possible that course times and elective course opportunities can change.

Fall Quarter (13 units)

Winter Quarter (13 units)

Spring Quarter (6 units)

Summer Quarter (9 units)

Writing Assistance. Most courses have extensive and rigorous writing requirements. We recognize that students may not have had previous exposure to scientific writing or are writing in English as a second language. Therefore, we provide regular writing support with a writing workshop over the fall and winter quarters. Although it is not part of the required curriculum, students identified as needing assistance will be required to participate in the workshop.

Student academic assistance. Students who require additional assistance may avail themselves of multiple resources available within the program and within UCSF. Program directors, course directors, and teaching assistants hold regular office hours and are available for tutorial help, academic assistance and advice, and for any concerns or clarification about the curricular material, readings and assignments.