Disease Prevention and Control

The concentration in Disease Prevention and Control will provide in depth training on the epidemiology, impact and control of infectious, as well as non-communicable and chronic diseases. Students who choose this concentration will develop competency on topics as diverse as global emerging and re-emerging diseases, the threat of bioterrorism, large-scale international disease control partnerships, global environmental health issues, and the growing double burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases in developing countries. A concentration in Disease Prevention and Control will provide graduates with comprehensive program planning and management skills and will prepare them for a career in local, national and global diseases control programs in low- and middle-income countries.

Health Policy and Financing

The Health Policy and Financing concentration will prepare graduates for quantitative financial and policy work in support of governments in low- and middle-income countries. Students will learn to analyze and assess health insurance and other risk-pooling systems. They will master the techniques of health economics and acquire a framework for analyzing health care systems and designing strategies for system reform. By the end of the course, graduates will have the training and skills necessary to assess the performance of a health system and to formulate a plan to improve health system performance and results.

Health and Development in Africa

The Health and Development in Africa track provides students with training on critical aspects of African development from a demographic, economic, political, social, environmental, cultural, and health perspective. The concentration offers historical analysis as well as a vision for the future of African development. Students will analyze the causes and consequences of poverty, key issues in African population health, the impact of rapid urbanization on health and development, and the state of African health systems. Graduates choosing this concentration will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to appraise health and development issues in Africa and to devise appropriate policy responses and programmatic solutions that will help to address the multiple opportunities and challenges facing African countries today.

Trade and Health

The concentration in Trade and Health introduces students to the relationship between international laws governing patents and trade and efforts to protect and promote human health. Students will examine the economic, social, technological and political dimensions of globalization and how they impact health status, the provision of health care and global public health. They will think critically about how globalization and the international trade regime affect national regulation in the interests of human health. In depth study of international treaties such as the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and international agreements such as TRIPS will provide students with the conceptual and evidence-based foundation for the analysis of globalization, trade, transnational legal frameworks and health.


According to UN projections, by 2050, two-thirds of the developing countries' populations will live in cities.  The Urbanization and Health concentration focuses on the implications of rapid urbanization for the health and well-being of populations in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the urban poor.  Students explore urban demography, governance and policy, epidemiological transformations, social and economic factors, and complex public health problems arising from inequitable access to services.  This concentration aligns with the mission of Georgetown’s Urban Health Collaborative, which is operated by the Department's faculty.

GLOH Electives

The following courses are offered by the Department of International Health.  MSGH graduate students may enroll in courses offered by other Georgetown schools and institutions, subject to the approval from the Program Director.   

GLOH 614: Changing Global Demographic and Economic Patterns 
Spring semester, 3 credits

GLOH 627: The Politics of Global Health and Development
Spring semester, 3 credits

GLOH 650: Combating Non-Communicable Diseases in Developing Countries: Challenges and Strategies
Spring semester, 3 credits

GLOH 706: International Health Partnerships and Disease Control
Spring semester, 3 credits

GLOH 708: Poverty and Health: Ensuring Access to Pharmaceuticals in Developing Countries
Spring semester, 3 credits

GLOH 725: Health Insurance and Risk Management
Spring semester, 3 credits

GLOH 730: Planning, Costing, & Budgeting Health
Spring semester, 3 credits

GLOH 740: Urbanization, Health and the Environment
Spring semester, 3 credits