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Global Health Program MA Requirements 

To receive the Master of Arts in Global Health, students must:
  • Complete at least thirty-six units (nine courses) of graduate coursework during the graduate year.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA for all course work, both cumulatively and for each quarter of enrollment. If the student’s GPA falls below 3.0 (for either overall or in the major), he or she will be automatically dropped from the program.
  • Students will choose between the “Professional Track” or “Research Track” concentration.
  • Successfully complete a master’s thesis or comprehensive examination and final portfolio. 

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Contiguous Degree Requirements

The program is designed specifically for selected UC San Diego undergraduate majors in the Global Health Program who seek advanced training in the field of global health. The BA/MA or BS/MA retains and builds on the interdisciplinary core of the existing Global Health degree.

Students participating in the degree program will complete the following courses:

9 Required Courses

Core Courses (6 courses/24 units)

  • GLBH 200. Global Health Masters Core Seminar (4)
  • GLBH 214. Program Management and Global Health (4)
  • GLBH 248. Introduction to Global Health Research (4)
  • GLBH 249. Social Epidemiology (4)
  • GLBH 260. Global Health Policy (4)
  • ANTH 260. Seminar in Medical and Psychological Anthropology (4)

Elective Requirements (3 courses / 12 units)

  • At least one elective must be a 200-level GLBH graduate course.
  • Graduate MA students may enroll in no more than two 100-level upper division courses, in the absence of
    relevant graduate coursework and by director approval. 
  • Students completing the Research Concentration must enroll in a minimum of two GLBH 299. Independent Research courses with an affiliated faculty member (during winter and spring quarter).

All students will choose between two concentrations for the degree;

1) Research track: students will complete a research based Global Health Master’s Thesis under the supervision of an affiliated faculty member of the program

or

2) Professional track: Students will complete a Comprehensive Examination at the conclusion of the program.

*Students will select track once enrolled in the program and by the end of Fall quarter. 

Sample Plan

Master’s I –

Research  Track

9 courses/36 units

  • GLBH 200. Global Health Masters Core Seminar (4)
  • GLBH 260. Global Health Policy (4)
  • Elective (4)
  • GLBH 248. Introduction to Global Health Research (4)
  • GLBH 249. Social Epidemiology (4)
  • GLBH 299. Independent Research (4)


  • ANTH 260. Seminar in Medical and Psychological Anthropology (4)
  • GLBH 214. Program Management and Global Health (4)
  • GLBH 299. Independent Research (4) 
Advance to Candidacy (beginning of quarter)
 
Defend Thesis

 

Master’s II – Professional Track

9 courses/36 units

 

  • GLBH 200. Global Health Masters Core Seminar (4)
  • GLBH 260. Global Health Policy (4)
  • Elective (4)
  • GLBH 248. Introduction to Global Health Research (4)
  • GLBH 249. Social Epidemiology (4)
  • Elective (4)
  • ANTH 260. Seminar in Medical and Psychological Anthropology (4)
  • GLBH 214. Program Management and Global Health (4)
  • Elective (4)

 Advance to Candidacy (beginning of quarter)

 Comprehensive Exam

Standalone Degree Program

9 Required Courses

Core Courses (7 - 8 courses/28 - 32 units):

  • GLBH 200. Global Health Masters Core Seminar (4)
  • GLBH 214. Program Management and Global Health (4)
  • GLBH 248. Introduction to Global Health Research (4)
  • GLBH 249. Social Epidemiology (4)
  • GLBH 260. Global Health Policy (4)
  • ANTH 260. Seminar in Medical and Psychological Anthropology (4)

Additionally, students will complete one (research track) or two (professional track) of the following courses:

  • ANTH 248. Global Health and Cultural Diversity (4)
  • GLBH 281. Essentials of Global Health (4)

Elective Requirements (1-2 courses / 4- 8 units)

  • At least one elective must be a 200-level GLBH graduate course.
  • Graduate MA students may enroll in no more than two 100-level upper division courses, in the absence of
    relevant graduate coursework and by director approval. 
  • Students completing the Research Concentration must enroll in a minimum of two GLBH 299. Independent Research courses with an affiliated faculty member (during winter and spring quarter).

 Sample Plan

 

Fall

Winter

Spring

 

Master’s I –

Research  Track

9 courses/36 units

  • GLBH 200. Global Health Masters Core Seminar (4)
  • GLBH 260. Global Health Policy (4)
  • ANTH 248. Global Health and Cultural Diversity (4) 
  • GLBH 248. Intro to Global Health Research (4)
  • GLBH 249. Social Epidemiology (4)
  • GLBH 299. Independent Research (4)
  • ANTH 260. Seminar in Medical and Psychological Anthropology (4)
  • GLBH 214. Program Management and Global Health (4)
  • GLBH 299. Independent Research (4)

 Advance to Candidacy (beginning of quarter)

Defend Thesis

 

Master’s II – Professional Track

9 courses/36 units

 

  • GLBH 200. Global Health Masters Core Seminar (4)
  • GLBH 260. Global Health Policy (4)
  • ANTH 248. Global Health and Cultural Diversity (4) 
  • GLBH 248. Intro to Global Health Research (4)
  • GLBH 249. Social Epidemiology (4)
  • GLBH 281. Essentials of Global Health (4)
  • ANTH 260. Seminar in Medical and Psychological Anthropology (4)
  • GLBH 214. Program Management and Global Health (4)
  • Elective (4)

Advance to Candidacy (beginning of quarter)

 

Comprehensive Exam

Core Courses

 

GLBH 200. Global Health Masters Core Seminar (4): This seminar course consists of workshops to expand on a student's thesis project and readings synthesizing key concepts and problems in the field of Global Health. Students will explore career options in Global Health and prepare a final portfolio to be due at the end of spring quarter.

GLBH 214. Program Management and Global Health (4): This seminar examines program development, capacity strengthening, and strategic analysis in global health through reading, discussion, project work and presentation. Students will adapt global health theory and demonstrate the use of practical project management tools and techniques as they design a culturally sensitive global health program.

GLBH 248. Introduction to Global Health Research (4): Students will gain competency in common research methods, and introduced to implementation challenges in Global Health. Students will critically evaluate the impact of sociocultural factors on health disparities. This knowledge can be applied towards future research experiences and career development. 

GLBH 249. Social Epidemiology (4): This course provides an overview of social epidemiology, a branch of epidemiology that focuses on the study of how health-related states or events are impacted by social, political, cultural, and economic factors. Students will learn about the history and current state of the science of social epidemiology, its leading theories/paradigms and methods, and distinct core areas of research.

GLBH 260.  Global Health Policy (4): Students will learn fundamental principles and concepts of global health policy, law, and governance. The course will focus on identifying critical global health policy challenges and solving them using a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account the perspectives of various stakeholders. 

ANTH 260. Seminar in Medical and Psychological Anthropology (4): This seminar examines medical, psychological, and psychiatric anthropology through reading, discussion, and presentation of work 1) essential to the development of and 2) exemplifying the state of the art in these related fields.

In addition, students in the standalone MA degree will complete 1-2 of the following courses:

 

ANTH 248. Global Health and Cultural Diversity (4): This seminar investigates global health from the perspective of medical anthropology on disease and illness; cultural conceptions of health; doctor-patient interaction; illness experience; medical science and technology; mental health; infectious disease; and health-care inequalities by ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. May be co-scheduled with ANSC/GLBH 148. Students may not receive credit for ANSC/GLBH 148 and ANTH 248. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

GLBH 281. Essentials of Global Health (4): Illustrates and explores ecologic settings and frameworks for study and understanding of global health and international health policy. Students acquire understanding of diverse determinants and trends of disease in various settings and interrelationships between socio-cultural-economic development and health. Students may not receive credit for GLBH 181 and GLBH 281. Prerequisites: graduate standing.

Approved Electives

Approved Electives:


Anthropology

  • ANSC 106. Global Health: Indigenous Medicines in Latin America
  • ANSC 146. A Global Health Perspective on HIV/AIDS
  • ANSC 147. Global Health and the Environment
  • ANSC 149. Conflict, Health, and Inequality
  • ANSC 155. Humanitarian Aid: What is it Good For?
  • ANSC 164. Anthropology of Medicine
  • ANTH 212. Advanced Topics in Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 213. Anthropology and Mental Health
  • ANTH 229. Religion and Healing
  • ANTH 238. Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • ANTH 243. Mental Health as Global Health Priority
  • ANTH 249. Gender and Mental Health
  • ANTH 280C. Core Seminar in Psychological Anthropology

Communication

  • COMM 114J. CSI: Food Justice

Economics

  • ECON 140. Economics of Health-Care Producers
  • ECON 141. Economics of Health-Care Consumers

Ethnic Studies

  • ETHN 142. Medicine, Race, and the Global Politics of Inequality

Global Health Program

  • GLBH 100. Special Topics in Global Health
  • GLBH 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development
  • GLBH 102. Global Health Epidemiology
  • GLBH 105. Global Health and Inequality 
  • GLBH 110. Demography and Social Networks in Global Health
  • GLBH 113. Women’s Health in Global Perspective
  • GLBH 141. Clinical Perspectives in Global Health
  • GLBH 142. "When the field is a ward:" Ethnographies of the Clinic
  • GLBH 171R.  Global Mental Health (online course)
  • GLBH 201. Special Topics in Global Health
    • Previous topics: "Theories of Approaching an Understanding on Race, Diversity, Culture and Health", "Substance Use and Global Mental Health: Case Studies for Research and Praxis"
  • GLBH 211. Clinic on the Border: Health Frontiers in Tijuana
  • GLBH 212. “Experiencing Epidemics:” Anthropologies of Infectious Diseases 
  • *GLBH 213. Program Design & Evaluation
  • GLBH 214. Global Health & Program Management 
  • *GLBH 215. Community Health Workers
  • GLBH 245. Native American Health & Healing
  • *GLBH 246. Global Mental Health 
  • GLBH 261.  Global Health Policy, Diplomacy and Advocacy
  • GLBH 297. Global Health Internship
  • GLBH 298. Directed Study
  • GLBH 299. Independent Research

History

  • HISC 109. Invention of Tropical Disease
  • HISC 115. History of Modern Medicine
  • HISC 116. History of Bioethics
  • HISC 280. Science and Public Policy

Literature

  • LTCS 155. Health, Illness, and Global Culture
  • LTCS 165. Special Topics: The Politics of Food
  • LTWL 177. Literature and Aging

Philosophy

  • PHIL 163. Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 164. Technology and Human Values
  • PHIL 173. Topics in Bioethics

Political Science

  • POLI 111D. Social Norms and Global Development

Psychology

  • PSYC 124. Clinical Assessment and Treatment
  • PSYC 134. Eating Disorders
  • PSYC 155. Social Psychology and Medicine
  • PSYC 168. Psychological Disorders of Childhood
  • PSYC 179. Drugs, Addiction, and Mental Disorders
  • PSYC 236. Substance Abuse
  • PSYC 265. Social Psychology and Medicine

Rady School of Management

  • MGT 454. Disruptive Technologies for Healthcare

School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS)

  • *GPPA 404. Governance, Public Administration, and Development
  • *GPPA 472. Latin American Environmental and Energy Policy
  • GPEC 468. International Health Economics
  • GPPS 430. Human Rights, Public Policy, and International Relations
  • GPPS 434. Humanitarian Interventions
  • GPPS 458. International Environmental Policy and Politics

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

  • SIO 116. Climate Change and Global Health
  • SIOB 289. Pollution, Environment, and Health

Sociology

  • SOCI 113. Sociology of the Aids Epidemic
  • SOCI 134. The Making of Modern Medicine
  • SOCI 135. Medical Sociology
  • SOCI 136E. Sociology of Mental Illness: An Historical Approach
  • SOCI 136F. Sociology of Mental Illness in Contemporary Society
  • SOCI 138. Genetics and Society
  • SOCI 143. Suicide
  • SOCI 173. Sociology of Health, Illness and Medicine
  • SOCG 234. Intellectual Foundation of the Study of Science, Technology, and Medicine 
  • SOCG 284. Contemporary Biomedicine

Urban Studies and Planning

  • USP 144. Environmental and Preventive Health Issue
  • USP 145. Aging: The Social and Health Policy Issues
  • USP 147. Case Studies in Health-Care Programs/Poor and Underserved Populations