Come to UCSF to gain global health knowledge, skills, and experience in one transformative year. The interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes research methods, population health, and the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health in a globalized world. Become prepared for a career in research, policy, organizational leadership, academia, or program management and evaluation.

Program Overview


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Capstone Research

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Your Future in Global Health

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Student Profiles

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Application Process

The Master of Science in Global Health program looks for students with leadership potential, experience working with underserved populations, and a commitment to improving health and reducing inequities worldwide.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Financing Your Education

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Accepting and Improving Menstrual Hygiene Management in India
Throughout India, women often are restricted from entering places of worship, going to school and continuing their regular routines while they are menstruating. Many of these restrictions have been implemented and maintained because of superstitions and myths that a woman is dirty or impure when she is menstruating.

Ethical Complexities of Egg Donation in the US
Egg donation (ED) for in vitro fertilization (IVF) has emerged as a popular form of treatment for infertility. Within the current body of research, there is an obvious need for studies on donor perceptions, long term health effects and experiences of the donation processes and beyond.

Tackling Hand Hygiene in Roatán, Honduras
Hand hygiene is considered the cornerstone of infection control and prevention, a vital and practical approach with demonstrated impact on patient safety and quality of care for any health system. Cleaning one’s hands can substantially reduce potential pathogens being spread among patients and health care personnel.

Creating the Optimal HIV Clinic for the Homeless in San Francisco
Madellena Conte, 2018-19 master's student writes about her capstone research project to better understand what San Francisco's homeless population wants from their healthcare.

Master’s Alumnus Finds Path to FDA through Health Economics and Global Health Policy Training
Harinder Singh Chahal, PharmD, MSc ’14, said he learned an important lesson when he entered the IGHS Master of Science program: “You have to find your own interests and path forward, but the program and the faculty are willing and ready to help you find that path.”