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


Learn about the coursework and program structure

Capstone Research

Develop your passion and see where research can take you


Meet the directors, faculty, advisors and mentors

Your Future in Global Health

Explore career options and see where graduates are now

Student Profiles

Get to know the current cohort

Past Students and Faculty Talk about the Program

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.


Learn about who should apply, the admissions criteria and timeline, and how to apply

Frequently Asked Questions

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Financing Your Education

Explore the best options to fund your UCSF master’s degree


Master's Program in Global Health Celebrates 10 Years of Impact
From its first class in 2008, with just seven students, to the current class of 36, the Institute for Global Health Sciences master’s program has given its students the breadth of tools and skills they need to succeed in global health careers.

Global Health Research Is about Being Adaptable and Diligent and Working Together
Global health works just like a gear because in order to create a positive force, not only must each cog and its teeth be functional, but multiple cogs must fit into each other and work together.

Understanding the Relationship Between Livestock, Snakes and Livelihoods in Costa Rica
If you are thinking, “Is that even a real problem?” you are not alone. According to the WHO, each year snakebite envenomation will cause more than 400,000 permanent disabilities and over 125,000 human deaths, making snakes the third deadliest animal on the planet.

This Is What Community Engagement Looks Like
While he was sharing his experience with me, I was thinking about why he was so open with me. Upon reflection, I believe it was because he felt safe and comfortable, and because he saw me as a trusted friend.