Global Health


The Master of Science in Global Health is based on an interdisciplinary and development-oriented approach to global health. With a strong focus on quantitative, qualitative and applied social sector research in developing countries, and a rather unique “regional health and development” concentration, the program offers new opportunities to individuals pursuing a career in the field of global health.

This multidisciplinary, university-wide program offers courses taught by faculty from across the different Georgetown University campuses, schools, and institutes, such as Georgetown College, the School of Nursing & Health Studies, the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Medical Center, Georgetown Law, and Georgetown Public Policy Institute.

In addition, the Field Research Module provides students with field experience.  Students are also expected to produce a scholarly paper that advances the academic field of global health.

Degrees Offered

  • M.S.
  • B.S./M.S. (Accelerated five-year program for Georgetown undergraduates)

Application Deadlines

Fall 2018

January 15, 2018 (priority)

June 1, 2018 (final)

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.


Review the Global Health program’s website for additional information on program application requirements. 

Admission requirements include:

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Online application form, including the following electronically submitted components: 
    1. A résumé or CV
    2. A statement of purpose (not to exceed 500 words)
    3. Three letters of recommendation, academic or professional
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended must be mailed or emailed directly to the following address:

Georgetown University
Office of Graduate Admissions
3520 Prospect St, NW
Box 571004, CB-207
Washington, DC 20057-1004


  • Video interview

A Kira Talent video interview submission is required. You may post this interview online at anytime prior to the application deadline. Please go to Once you create an account and search for the program, you will find additional guidelines.

  • Experience living, studying, and working abroad is preferred

Additional application requirements for graduates of foreign institutions of higher education are:

  • All transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. must be translated into U.S. equivalencies through a course-by-course transcript evaluation by World Education Services (WES). An official course-by-course evaluation from WES must be submitted by the application deadline. 
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  or  the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is required of all applicants who do not have an undergraduate or graduate degree from a college or university where English is the primary language of instruction. No other exam or certificate may be substituted for the TOEFL or IELTS.  Applicants must take the test no later than December to ensure that results will reach the Graduate School by the application deadline. Exams taken after the application deadline are not eligible for Fall admissions consideration for that year.  Both the TOEFL and the IELTS exams are given regularly throughout the world.

The minimum TOEFL score for admissions consideration is 600 (paper test) or 100 (iBT test). For additional information about the TOEFL write or visit:  

P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151

The minimum IELTS score for admissions consideration is 7.0.  For additional information about the IELTS write or visit:

           British Council – IELTS Enquiries
           Bridgewater House
           58 Whitworth Street
           Manchester  M1 6BB
               United Kingdom                           

  • Several years’ experience living, studying, and working abroad is strongly recommended.

Degree Requirements

The program is designed as a full-time three-semester program (fall, spring, summer) and requires 36 credits for degree completion. The program is divided into three sections:

I. The Global Health Core courses  (17 credits) will introduce students to the major issues and key concepts in global health;
II. Concentration-specific courses  (9 credits) provide opportunities for students to focus on specific areas of global health;
III. The Field Research Module and Scholarly Project (10 credits) allow students to conceptualize a successful study, manage data in the field, and prepare a written summary of their findings, in addition to producing a scholarly paper that enhances the academic field of global health and provides a meaningful contribution to the health status of populations around the world.

        A part-time course of study is also available.

Program Contact

Georgetown University
St. Mary’s Hall, Room 222
3700 Reservoir Road, N.W.
Washington, DC  20057-1107   U.S.A.

Phone: (202) 687-9611