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


Fully Online, Part time


2 ‒ 4 years

Credits required


The OPAL Scholarship

All students will be awarded
$460 per credit.

Approximate tuition after scholarship: $737/credit*

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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. View the curriculum.

Advantages of this fully online graduate program:

  • Led by renowned experts who are shaping the field through research and application
  • Online delivery gives flexibility and accessibility to students around the world
  • Competitive price point for tuition


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.


Virtual Open House

Join us on Thursday April 23rd for a live Virtual Open House. We’ll be discussing our online Master of Applied Science (MAS) Programs in Global Health Planning and Management, and Community-based Primary Health Care, and the Graduate Certificate in Global Health Practice. 

You'll have the chance to hear from one of our admissions officers and the Program Director, William Brieger, DrPH, who will provide you with details about the program curricula, admissions process and tuition and scholarship information. They will also answer any questions you may have and tell you what to expect from these flexible, online graduate programs.

  • Date: April 23, 2020
  • Time: 6:00-7:00 PM EDT
  • To register for the event, click here.


Get In Touch

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
    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
    Phone: (443) 287-4042

Admissions Requirements

OPAL Programs are designed for working professionals. Find out how to apply, and expand your knowledge and career potential in one of these emerging industry sectors.

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Fall 2020 Deadlines

  • JULY 1, 2020
  • JULY 1, 2020

Deadline for all OPAL Programs is now July 1, 2020 to accommodate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supporting docs due July 8.

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* Total tuition using rates for the 2019-2020 academic year, inclusive of the OPAL Scholarship.