Program Structure

Venn diagram: coursework, mentorship, and research practiceThe Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree program in Global Health Sciences provides students with a deep knowledge of important global health issues, as well as a high level of skill in health research methodology and practice.

This transdisciplinary program trains doctoral students on methods and modes of inquiry drawn from public health, public policy, economics, development studies, implementation science and the social sciences to explore and address global health problems. Graduates gain comprehensive skills, training and experience in global health research and practice.

The program is structured as a four-year degree. Students spend the first two years in residence at the UCSF Mission Bay campus, completing coursework and engaging in research rotations and teaching residencies with the faculty at UCSF. After completing the core curriculum and passing the qualifying examination, students spend the next two years focused on conducting their dissertation research and engaging in other research and professional activities under the guidance of research advisors and faculty mentors.