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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Masters of Science in Global Health Program?

What is the Capstone Project?

What are some examples of Capstone Projects?

What is the difference between public health and global health?

What sorts of things do you look for in applicants?

How do I apply to the program?

What sort of financial aid is available for students of the program?

What kind of housing is available for students?

What is student life like on campus?

What kind of job can I get once I graduate?

 

What is the Masters of Science in Global Health Program?

The Master of Science in Global Health program provides an engaging science-centric training in the context of global health. Our program is a one-year, intensive training that includes two semesters of coursework and one (summer) semester of a field practicum which we call the Capstone Project. The focus of our program is grounded in our belief that access to health care is a fundamental human right - thus our student’s training, coursework, and research is concentrated on improving health outcomes, disparities, and systems around the world. Our goal is to provide our students with the education and skills to become global health professionals with an in-depth understanding of the science underlying the most pressing health problems of those living in low- and middle-income countries.

Our program is science-centric, meaning we expect our students to have, and develop, a strong knowledge base in the sciences. The University of Notre Dame has a long history of excellence in scientific research related to infectious diseases, including neglected tropical diseases, their arthropod vectors, and cancer. Our students benefit significantly from the expertise and experiences that exist on campus. At the same time, students are required to take courses in the social sciences to gain a more holistic, interdisciplinary global health education. Students can individualize their training based on their specific interests by choosing from a variety of electives. Our curriculum has now expanded to disciplines such as epidemiology, sociology, health system strengthening, operations research, monitoring and evaluation, and community participation.

What is the Capstone Project?

The Capstone Projects are long-term research projects that culminate in a final product and presentation to a committee. All students must complete a capstone project. This project, accompanied by Capstone classes, spans the course of the calendar year. Working with a University of Notre Dame faculty advisor, students are required to develop and submit a formal research proposal by the end of their first semester (Fall).  Early in the Fall semester, we work to pair students with faculty based on similar research interests. The students continue to develop their research proposal as they continue to fine tune their literature review and methodology as well as prepare themselves for international travel during their second semester (Spring).  The students begin their 6-8 week field experience during the Summer semester. Most students will conduct research internationally, but domestic research is also possible. It has been our experience that the Capstone Project is both an outstanding learning experience for the student and an important contribution to global health that addresses a real world challenge.

What are some examples of Capstone Projects?

The Capstone Projects may vary in form and topic. They are long-term research projects that culminate in a final product and presentation to a committee. This is a link to our past students projects.

What is the difference between public health and global health?

Global health and public health are often used interchangeably because the overarching goal of each field is quite similar. In the broadest sense, professionals engaged in global and public health are focused on improving people’s health and lifespan as well as their quality of life.  Moreover, both fields are population-based that focuses on reducing health disparities and burdens among communities and countries with an emphasis on resource poor populations. So, how do we distinguish each field as unique from each other? The table below draws out the primary distinctions.
 

 

Global Health

Public Health

Geography

Health issues that transcend national boundaries

Focus on specific communities or countries

Cooperation

Global

National

Populations

Prevention and clinical care

Prevention

Access

Health equity among nations

Health equity within a nation or community

Disciplines

Highly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary

Multidisciplinary, particularly with health and social sciences

     Source: Kaplan JP et al. Lancet 2009, 373:9679 pp 1993-1995

What sorts of things do you look for in applicants?

We are looking for passionate, dedicated, and hard-working individuals who want a chance to use their skills to help the global community. Our applicants should have the following:

Strong background or undergraduate degree in science

  • GRE or MCAT scores
  • 3.0 GPA or above
  • Strong interest in global health/global health experience
  • Second language
  • Past research experience

How do I apply to the program?

You can apply to the program through the Masters in Global Health Admissions page. Applications must contain the following:

GRE/MCAT scores

  • If you are submitting your MCAT scores, please enter 999 in the GRE score fields, so that the system will allow you to move forward, but scan and upload your actual MCAT scores.
  • Test scores should be ordered and sent by the testing service to the University of Notre Dame, institution code 1841.

Unofficial Transcripts
Three letters of recommendation
Resume/CV
Statement of Intent

Early admission applications are due by December 1. Early admission applicants will know the decision by February. Regular admission applications are due by February 15. Regular admission students will know the application decision by the end of March.

For further questions on how to apply, please consult the Notre Dame Graduate School page graduateschool.nd.edu/admissions/ or please feel free to email ghms@nd.edu.

What sort of financial aid is available for students of the program?

Financial aid is available for students in the form of merit-based scholarships and loans.

Additionally, all students are eligible for a travel award to cover the cost of conducting their Capstone Research. Unfortunately, MS in Global Health students are not eligible for certain stipends offered by the university.

Students interested in receiving Financial Aid should complete the FAFSA and submit it. Students must also be prepared to submit signed copies of last year’s income taxes to the University’s Office of Financial Aid.

For additional information, please visit globalhealth.nd.edu/masters/financial-aid/ or financialaid.nd.edu or email the Financial Aid office at finaid@nd.edu.

What kind of housing is available for students?

There is housing available both on campus and off campus for married and unmarried students. Please visit http://gradlife.nd.edu/life-at-nd/home/ for more information on housing.

What is student life like on campus?

At the University of Notre Dame, we work hard and play hard! Notre Dame has a unique student culture that combines the excellence of academics, athletics, clubs, and student organizations that is grounded in the Catholic teachings of service. There are a wide variety of activities that exist outside of the classroom that will enrich your education and your experiences. Events range from guest lectures, TED talks, plays, movies, special events, sports, and many dining and entertainment opportunities offered throughout Michiana. To learn more about what is happening on and around campus, check out the following links.

What kind of job can I get once I graduate?

Going from earning your degree to working in a career is an intimidating situation for many soon-to-be and recent graduates. At the Eck Institute for Global Health and the University of Notre Dame we are here to support and guide you during this process. There are a wide variety of well-paying and interesting careers you can pursue based on the skills and knowledge you have gained while pursuing your MS in Global Health.

The first step in seeking a position is to begin the process early. Setting time aside to research your interests and possible job opportunities is essential. There are many services that are available to you. The Graduate School provides access to career exploration and employment preparation resources. Alumni Services offers a variety of services and events covering everything from faith and service to professional development, networking, continuing education, travel, and international outreach. Eck Institute for Global Health faculty have relationships and partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations in the US as well as abroad. We email our students and alumni as job postings are made. Additionally, the program provides many opportunities to network with experts in the field.

Graduates of our program have pursued a myriad of jobs and educational opportunities. Some of our students have gone on to medical and dental school. Some of them have pursued a PhD. Most of them have pursued jobs in the field. Some of their job titles include: Research Analyst, Peace Corps Program Assistant, Infection Control Practitioner, Epidemiologist, Research Assistant and Field Interviewer, and Program Director. They are located in hospitals, health department, universities and research institutes, to name a few.

 

Please email us at ghms@nd.edu if you have any additional questions.