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The Master of Science in Global Health: an innovative, multi-institutional degree that equips learners for impactful professional global health careers

Format: Online, In-Class

Student studying using their laptopThe UAB Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH) is uniquely offered by the UAB Heersink School of Medicine and the UAB School of Public Health. Global health is an area for collaborative, transnational research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. This program will connect students with cutting-edge global health research and practice through the collaborations amongst the Sparkman Center for Global Health, the Mary Heersink Institute for Global Health, the Global Health Consortium and international partners.

The innovative UAB MSGH degree remains learner centric through:

  • A global classroom – our Foundations of Global Health I/II courses will be offered with students from around the world and affiliated with the other universities in the Global Health Consortium. Learn more here.
  • Experienced, diverse faculty with a range of international partners working in interdisciplinary, global health research and practice.
  • 1st degree of its kind offered in Alabama and one of a few that are jointly offered in the US between two different schools.
  • Optional international travel experience through a student symposium held annually at Manipal University in India
  • Broad spectrum of elective course offerings on maternal child health, international partnerships and policy, and health equity.
  • Experienced mentors and access to the depth of collaborators in the Sparkman Center for Global Health and the Mary Heersink Institute for Global Health
  • Focus on health equity; vantage point is unique with Alabama’s history steeped in the Civil Rights Movement


Students may choose between two program formats: a 36-credit hour Scholarly Project Track or the 38-credit hour Thesis Track. As a MS degree, students are expected to complete a hypothesis-driven research project. The scholarly project is built within the curriculum track while the thesis track allows for more time one-on-one with an established researcher.  For more information about the requirements, review the planning sheets:

Download Thesis Track Planning Sheet

Download Scholarly Project Track Planning Sheet

Download MSGH Student Handbook

Curriculum Flow - Accessible text in accoridon below.

  • Curriculum Flow

    The MS in Global Health offers career building, tailored mentorship and professional networking. Fieldwork is optional.

    Research Project Development / Advisor Selection

    FALL I




    Foundations of Global Health I

    Foundations of Global Health II

    Master’s Research / Scholarly Project

    Master's Research / Scholarly Project

    Fundamentals of Global Health

    Global Health Research Methods

    Global Health Ethics

    Writing for Global Health



    Overview of Public Health


Student in a video meeting with classmatesSTEP 1: Review Our Admission Requirements

Please be prepared to submit all of the following:

  • Online application(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  • UAB Graduate School transcript and application requirements for Domestic (U.S.) Applicants
  • UAB Graduate School immigration documentation, English proficiency requirements, transcript and application requirements for International Applicants

STEP 2: Know Your Deadline

Admission during Fall term only – August 1 annually.

Typically, this is the date by which your application fee must be paid, and your application submitted. Supporting materials, such as recommendations or transcripts, will continue to be accepted after this deadline.

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Academic Leadership

Through the partnership of the UAB Heersink School of Medicine and the UAB School of Public Health, we provide students with a diverse, experienced faculty comprised of clinical faculty, researchers and educators.

Co-Directors of the Master of Science in Global Health

Gregory Pavela, PhD

Gregory Pavela, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Behavior; Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Assistant Director, Survey Research Unit; UAB School of Public Health

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Matt Heimann, MD

Matt Heimann, MD

Associate Director for Educational Programs, Mary Heersink Institute for Global Health

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If you have additional questions, please contact the program’s academic leadership (Dr. Gregory Pavela at pavela@uab.edu or Dr. Matt Heimann at mheimann@uabmc.edu), or Kelly Powell (Program Manager) at kmpowell@uab.edu.

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