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 12 to 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, Navrongo, and Kintampo, Ghana
  • Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso  *French language requirement
  • The Vector Control Research Centre in Puducherry, 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 Western Pacific Regional Office (Manila, Philippines), the Regional Office for Africa (Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo), and select country offices in Africa
  • The National Institute for Medical Research, headquartered in Dar es Salaam and additional field stations in 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. 

Students have six weeks (starting after the completion of their Field Research Module) to complete their Scholarly Paper.  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.

Presentations

Students are required to present their research findings to both the host institution as well as the Department of International 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 money is disbursed prior to the student's departure for the Field Research Module.  The Non-Service Stipend covers travel, housing, and minor research costs associated with field research (major research costs are handled by the Department).  The Non-Service Stipend does not need to be repaid.