Field Research Module and Scholarly Paper

The Field Research Module and Scholarly Paper are components in an 8-credit course that students undertake in the Summer or Fall semester.

Field Research Module

The Field Research Module enables students to apply and integrate classroom experience abroad in a low- or middle-income country, and gain first-hand experience conducting research. During the 14-week assignment, students will either undertake field research or analyze secondary data collected by the institution where the students are placed at. The students will be under the direction of local preceptors who are experts in their field of study. In addition, students will be supported by Georgetown-based full-time and adjunct faculty members.

Students will develop and refine their advanced research methodologies and incorporate core skills from across the curriculum. They will learn to conceptualize a successful study, manage data in the field, and prepare a written summary of their findings. Students conducting data collection as part of their Field Research Module will need appropriate institutional/country approval for all data collection.

Students undertake field research at one of the international institutions with which the Department of International Health presently collaborates. Sites include:

  • Ghana Health Service research centres in Dodowa, Kintampo, and Navrongo, Ghana
  • University of Health & Allied Sciences in Ho, Ghana (listen to an interview with a UHAS preceptor)
  • The Vector Control Research Centre in Pondicherry, India
  • The National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad, India
  • International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Chiapas, Mexico  *Spanish language requirement
  • World Health Organization [the WHO Internship Program is currently globally suspended due to COVID-19] — the Western Pacific Regional Office (Manila, Philippines), the Regional Office for South-East Asia (New Delhi, India) the Regional Office for Africa (Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo), and select country offices in Africa (The WHO Internship Program is currently suspended due to COVID-19).
  • The National Institute for Medical Research, headquartered in Dar es Salaam and additional field stations in Tanzania
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ; German development cooperation agency) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Non-Governmental Organizations in Southern Africa and South Asia

Scholarly Paper

A critical element of the MSGH program is a Scholarly Paper that enhances the academic field of global health and provides a meaningful contribution to the health status of underserved populations around the world. The topic should be an applied expertise of global health relevance and incorporate core skills from across the curriculum. 

The scholarly papers should be submitted at the end of the semester in which the student is registered for the module.  Extensions may be possible. The grade for the eight-credit course is based entirely on the Scholarly Paper, which is reviewed by a faculty panel.


Students are required to present their research findings to both the host institution as well as the Department of Global Health at Georgetown University.  For the latter, students may be able to present via video communication platform.  Current students are encouraged to attend the presentations, as it will give them a better idea of the prior cohort’s research activities.

Non-Service Stipend

All M.S. in Global Health students are provided with $5,000 in the form of a Non-Service Stipend. The Non-Service Stipend helps offset travel, housing, and minor research costs associated with field research (major research costs are handled by the Department). It does not need to be repaid.

Clarence De Guzman