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Master of Applied Science in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health

Master of Applied Science in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health

An online, part-time degree focusing on mobilizing and involving communities in primary health programs with a focus on underserved populations in low- and middle-income country settings. 

The Master of Applied Science in Community-Based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health is a fully online degree program offered by the Bloomberg School of Public Health and is ideal for those who are currently working or planning to work in community development and health in low income and developing communities across the world. The program will prepare learners with skills to design, implement and evaluate primary health care programs and to work with communities in a culturally sensitive, and ethical, way to address their health concerns through community engagement and volunteerism.

Advantages of this fully online graduate program:

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Admissions Information

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 1, 2020 for Fall 2020 Applications

The application for the MAS in Community-Based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health will open in SOPHAS on August 15, 2019. The priority deadline to submit an application is Wednesday April 15, 2020. Applications are accepted on an ongoing, space-available basis after the priority deadline until Monday, June 1, 2020. All applications must be completed (includes all supporting documents received/processed, as well as verification) in SOPHAS on or before July 1, 2020 for consideration in the Fall 2020 cohort. International students will need to allow additional time for processing of WES course by course credential evaluations prior to the noted deadlines. We recommend that applicants begin the WES credential evaluation process no later than April 1, 2020 if they wish to apply for Fall 2020 programs. For more information, please call 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer or visit our OPAL admissions page.

Admissions Requirements include:

For a full list of admissions requirements for each OPAL program, information for international applicants and other admissions details, please visit our OPAL Admissions page.


Program Events

A Live Virtual Open House for the Global Health Programs was held in October 2019. For a recording of this session, please click the image below.



A Live Q&A Session for the Global Health programs was held in June 2018. For a recording of this session, please click the image below.  




Community-based approaches—those which include full participation of community members and groups—are highly effective in addressing priority public health challenges. Leaders of large-scale community-based primary healthcare programs must consider a broad range of ethical, cultural, political and socio-economic factors for each population they serve.

The Master’s in Community-Based Primary Health Care prepares future leaders in the public, private and NGO sectors serving low- and middle-income populations worldwide. The curriculum equips students with a diverse skill set focusing on the design, analysis, implementation and evaluation of large-scale community-based primary health care programs.


The Master’s in Community-Based Primary Health Care Programs offers a career-advancing skillset for early- to mid-level public health professionals serving low- to middle-income populations. Specialized knowledge such as learning to effectively source, gather and utilize social data, allows our graduates to make more informed public health decisions.

Topics in the program include designing and planning community based health projects with full community participation, identifying disease burden of communities and planning the essential health commodity needs for community based programs. The program will also enable students to describe the social and cultural factors that influence community health actions, to evaluate community based health programs, and to recommend appropriate PHC interventions for urban communities. Through the course work, students will gain skills in survey and data collection methods to support community based PHC planning, and learn how to organize PHC training for community members (volunteers, CHWs) and their health supervisors. 

A rigorous, yet life-balanced online curriculum explores the breadth of community-based primary care in the global setting, while preparing students to train additional front-line community health workers.


Interested in Global Health careers and what you can do with this degree? Check out the careers page. 


Request more information or call us at 844-379-1319 to speak with an admissions officer.

OPAL Program Office

Elizabeth Golub, PhD, MEd
Director, Online Programs for Applied Learning
Email:  Phone: (410) 502-2502

William Brieger, DrPH
Director, Certificate in Global Health Practice, MAS in Global Health Planning and Management and MAS in Community-based Primary Health Care Programs in Global Health
Email:  Phone: (443) 287-4042


State-specific Information for Online Students

Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.