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 abroad in a low-income country, and gain first-hand experience conducting research. During the 10- 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 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:

  • Ghana Health Service research centers in Dodowa, Navrongo, and Kintampo, Ghana
  • The Vector Control Research Centre in Puducherry, India and the National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad, India
  • 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 the 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.