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Protecting Health, Saving Lives—Millions at a Time




The Master of Applied Science (MAS) in Global Health Planning and Management curriculum is delivered entirely online and designed for working students. The part-time, 51.5-credit degree program consists of intensive graduate-level coursework culminating in the Integrative Activity, which requires students to synthesize knowledge and skills obtained through coursework in a final project that demonstrates their mastery of the program competencies. Students may complete the degree over a minimum of eight 8-week terms, in two years to a maximum of four years.

Courses equip students with the necessary skills to develop sustainable solutions to advance health initiatives throughout the world. Online students are trained in epidemiology and statistics, form practical skills derived from workshops in professional development, and learn to understand critical issues facing the global health field.

Program Competencies

By the end of the program, students will:

A. Core Global Health Practice Competencies

  1. Apply capacity building processes to global health programming in low and middle-income countries.
  2. Identify and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders whose active participation is required for successful global health programming at community, sub-national, national and regional levels.
  3. Apply ethical reasoning to the policy and programming decisions needed for designing and implementing global health programs in low and middle-income countries.
  4. Exhibit a health equity and social justice lens in the design and conduct of global health programs.
  5. Apply appropriate management processes in the design, implementation and evaluation of global health programs.
  6. Demonstrate social, cultural and political awareness of the context in which global health programming takes place.
  7. Conduct strategic analysis of factors that influence the success of global health programming.

B.    Global Health Planning and Management Competencies

  1. Apply frameworks, tools, strategies and models to improve the planning and management of global health programs and organizations in low- and middle-income countries.
  2. Identify and apply principles and practices of total quality management methods for health systems in developing countries.
  3. Utilize systems thinking to determine how societies organize themselves to achieve collective health goals and contribute to policy outcomes in global settings.
  4. Demonstrate skills for managing non-governmental organizations in the health sector in LMICs.
  5. Utilize appropriate evaluation designs and approaches for public health programs in LMICs and advocate the uptake of program results by policymakers.
  6. Conduct a detailed analysis of the demographic, epidemiological and social aspects of a major health need in a low- or middle-income country.

Curriculum Structure

Academic YearAcademic TermCurriculum
Year 1 Curriculum
(25 Credits)

Introduction to Online Learning (0 credits, required)

The Role of Qualitative Methods and Science in Describing and Assessing a Population’s Health* (.5 credits, required)


Academic and Research Ethics (0 credits, required)
Seminars in Public Health (2 credits)
Fundamentals of Global Health Practice (4 credits)

2Design and Planning of Primary Health Care Projects (4 credits)
Ethics in Global Health Practice (2 credits)
3Introduction to Epidemiology (4 credits)
Global Epidemiology Policies and Programs (3 credits)
4Statistical Concepts in Public Health 1 (3 credits)
Social and Cultural Basis for Community and Primary Programs (3 credits)
Year 2 Curriculum
(26 credits)

Health and Safety Preparation for Global Health Assignments (1 credit)
Emerging Trends in Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening (3 credits)
Frameworks and Tools for Health Systems in Global Settings (3 credits)


Organizing for Public Health: A Systems Approach (2 credits)
Quality Management Concepts and Tools for Healthcare in Low and Middle-Income Countries (4 credits)


Professional Development Workshop: Writing for Results (2 credits)
Strengthening Health Information in Low and Middle-Income Countries (4 credits)

4Non-Government Organizations and the Administration of Global Health Programs (3 credits)
Integrative Activity (4 credits)

* offered each year 1st, 3rd and 4th term


Course Descriptions



Introduction to Online Learning is a free, mandatory prerequisite for all online courses offered. It’s open to prospective students and designed to give a thorough view into what the online experience on CoursePlus will be like. It also prepares students and faculty for success on the first day of class since everyone is already acclimated to the technology. Introduction to Online Learning will allow students to:

  • Ensure all tools and applications are properly installed
  • Troubleshoot any component that may not work properly
  • Experience the online tools for peer-to-peer and instructor communication
  • Become familiar with the coursework structure and learning management system

The course takes between 1-4 hours to complete, depending on your skills working online. With the notable exception of one LiveTalk, you can do the class work on your own schedule. For details on the course, including assignments and requirements for completion, please see the Syllabus page.

Ready to test-drive online courses at JHSPH? Register for this class. You can take this free course at any point before or during the application process!


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

* Total tuition using rates for the 2020-2021 academic year, inclusive of the OPAL Scholarship.