Field Research Module and Scholarly Project

The Field Research Module and Scholarly Project component is a 10-credit course that students undertake in the summer or fall semester.

Field Research Module & Scholarly Project

The Field Research Module enables students to apply and integrate classroom experience in the field, preferably abroad in a low-income country, and gain first-hand experience conducting research. During the ten-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. This may mean obtaining simultaneously local IRB approval and Georgetown IRB approval. Students will need to consult with Dr. Bernhard Liese or Dr. Nuria Homedes to obtain the appropriate Georgetown IRB approval in a timely manner.

Students may choose to undertake their field research at one of the international institutions which the Department of International Health presently collaborates with. Current sites include:

  • Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  *Portuguese language requirement
  • Ghana Health Service research centers in Dodowa, Navrongo and Kintampo, Ghana
  • Vector Control Research Center in Puducherry, India
  • El Colegio de la Frontera Sur in Chiapas, Mexico  *Spanish language requirement
  • WHO Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila, Philippines
  • WHO Country Office in Kigali, Rwanda
  • National Institute for Medical Research in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Scholarly Paper

A critical element of the MSGH program is the production of 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 paper should be approximately 30-50 page double-spaced including any appendices.  Students will be under the guidance of Dr. Bernhard Liese and Dr. Nuria Homedes who will serve as their advisors on the Scholarly Project.