Bring your passion to UCSF and grow your capacity for leadership, scholarship, and service. Create and contribute to groundbreaking research in the US and around the world. Engage with diverse classmates and the pioneers of global health sciences. Join us to make an impact.

About IGHS Education

Founded in 2003, the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) helped establish the field of global health sciences as an academic discipline. The IGHS master’s degree program was the first in the nation and continues to be a leader in global health education. IGHS students gain access to the extensive UCSF network and work closely with faculty and mentors who are the leading practitioners of global health sciences. Students learn multiple perspectives on global health problems and solutions in a dynamic learning environment with diverse peers. Learn more about the IGHS Education group.

Is IGHS Right for You?

IGHS welcomes students with backgrounds in health sciences and related disciplines—such as anthropology, sociology, economics, policy, and environmental studies—who are committed to improving health and reducing inequities worldwide. The education programs look for students with the potential for leadership, experience working with underserved populations, and a strong academic record. IGHS prefers students with a clear idea of how the degree will fit into their career trajectory, and seeks a diversity of backgrounds and interests within each cohort.

Student Research

Master’s and doctoral students work with expert mentors, advisors, and international partners to develop solutions to critical global health challenges. See where master's students have conducted their research projects.