The doctoral program curriculum provides students comprehensive global health knowledge and research skills to prepare for diverse careers and leadership in the field of global health.
Students receive fundamental training in research methodologies critical to conducting and comprehending global health research, including:
- Implementation science
- Qualitative research
Students then take advanced coursework in at least one methodology most applicable to their research interests.
Global Health Seminars
Students take core coursework in the principles and challenges of global health and study the key institutions, frameworks, and approaches for facing those global health challenges through a doctoral-level global health Proseminar Series. Students explore and analyze in-depth the topics that are cross-cutting to all work in the field of global health. The Proseminar Series serves as the backbone of the PhD curriculum.
The global health doctoral seminar is designed to educate students about interdisciplinary approaches to global health challenges, provide professional development and career training/mentorship in global health research, and enable students to advance their academic and research skills, with the ultimate goal of facilitating the development of the doctoral student’s capacity to conduct research in global health. Seminar consists of several types of class sessions, including but not limited to:
- Guest speaker presentations on their work in global health, from UCSF and beyond;
- Student “works in progress” (WIP) presentations, in which faculty and students provide feedback to presenters on their research;
- Journal club sessions of relevant global health literature; and
- Workshops focusing on specific areas of professional development to help prepare students for successful careers in global health research.
Doctoral seminar is held fall, winter, and spring quarters in the first two years of the program, while students are completing their coursework and specifying their dissertation research.
As stated above, students take required coursework in research methods training and global health content, including:
- GHS 251 (Proseminar): Global Health Development and Inequity
- GHS 252 (Proseminar): Comparative Health Systems and Financing
- GHS 253 (Proseminar): Global Health Policy
- GHS 254 (Proseminar): Research Ethics and Practice in Global Health
- GHS 255 (Proseminar): Global Health Economics
- GHS 256 (Proseminar): Global Health Architecture and Diplomacy
- EPI 203: Epidemiologic Methods I
- EPI 207: Epidemiologic Methods II
- EPI 214: Systematic Review
- EPI 263: Demographic Methods for Health
- BIOSTATS 200: Biostatistical Methods I
- BIOSTATS 208: Biostatistical Methods II
- IMS 245: Introduction to Implementation Science: Theory and Design
- GHS 201C: Qualitative Research Approaches in Global Health (or equivalent)
- GHS 217: Doctoral Seminar
In addition to the core curriculum, students tailor their coursework and choose electives that provide further depth of training in the methodology and content areas appropriate for their chosen field of study. Students may select electives from any department across UCSF, with the approval of their academic advisor and the program director. Students also may register for certain courses at other Bay Area universities through the University of California Intercampus Exchange Program and the San Francisco Consortium.
Electives offered by the following departments within UCSF may be of particular interest: