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Global Health Programs

Serve the world as a global health student

The educational opportunities in global health at the University of Colorado have a unique, interdisciplinary structure. Global health issues are approached from various perspectives and disciplines, and may include international affairs, anthropology, business, biology, social work, environmental sciences, economics, public health and health policy, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, dentistry, history, political science and sociology; just to name a few.

School of Medicine Global Health Track

The Global Health Track is limited in the number of entering medical students it can accept every year. Incoming 1st year students who are interested in the Global Health Track (GHT) must sign up for the elective course "Introduction to Global Health," which meets the second half of the first semester of first year. An application for inclusion in the GHT is made available, and is due in November along with the applicant's CV. Final decisions for admittance are made in early December of the first semester of first year.

The Global Health Track looks for well-rounded applicants who have sought out unique and productive experiences abroad and/or domestically and have an understanding of the basic principles and goals surrounding global health projects and interventions. Students should expect to commit 2-5 hours a week to in-class lectures and independent research and projects. Global Health Track participants are expected to complete their Mentored Scholarly Activity (MSA) in a globally related project.

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Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Global Health Track

The Global Health Track is an official interdisciplinary track in the School of Medicine that is committed to equipping PA students with global and public health skills. The track admits two CHA/PA students each year. This track goes beyond medical tourism, and requires a true commitment to one site during the students three years. The track seeks to promote in-depth projects, completed by students, in developing nations that are sustainable and create lasting positive change in a community.

The Global Health Track has nearly 40 mentors, most with their own projects abroad in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. Currently, there are 8 sites to choose from including South Africa, Guatemala, Haiti, Tanzania, India, Rwanda, Peru, and Uganda.

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School of Dental Medicine

The Global Health Track in the School of Dental Medicine is open to any student who is interested in global health issues. Students submit a brief essay outlining their interest and future plans in the area of global health upon graduation.

Students participate in Global Health activities on campus and those specific to the School of Dental Medicine. All activities are on the student’s own time. Activities may be chosen from a “menu” of options, including Grand Rounds, lunchtime presentations by International Students, research papers, and mission trips the student arranges themselves through dental organizations. A total of 100 hours of outside activities is required to receive a certificate of emphasis in Global Health upon graduation. Want to learn more? Click here.

Questions may be directed to Diane Brunson at or at (303) 724-2239.

School of Business

Recognized as one of the top 25 graduate programs in health services administration, the MBA in Health Administration at the University of Colorado Denver is a degree program designed for health professionals who would like to add an MBA to their skill set. It prepares students for senior and CEO-level management in the health care industry. This program teaches analytic and decision making processes used by top-level executives in selecting broad strategies and by managers in administering sub-units within health care organizations.

The International Health Management and Policy specialization is designed for students who have an interest in working with healthcare organizations who have a global or international focus on health issues.

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Colorado School of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) is the primary professional degree in the field of public health, training students for a variety of public health careers. The Colorado School of Public Health offers the MPH at all three institutional campuses. Each campus offers different areas of study and students are encouraged to select a primary campus based on the area of study to which they apply. However, all students receive the same foundational core curriculum regardless of campus or area of study.

The Anschutz Medical Campus recently introduced a new focus area within the MPH program - Maternal and Child Health (MCH). This focus centers on the study of determinants, mechanisms and systems associated with overall health for women, children and families. The MPH degree will provide training in MCH prevention programming and evaluation strategies at the global, federal, state and community levels. Want to learn more? Click here.

Also offered at the Anschutz Medical Campus, the 15-17 credit hour Certificate in Global Public Health is designed to cultivate a graduate-level, public health perspective of globalization and global health issues, programs, and best practices. You'll learn how to use public health methods to address global public health challenges. The certificate is a suitable program for health and environmental professionals who work, or will work, in prevention, research or clinical practice. Want to learn more? Click here.

At Colorado State University (CSU), the MPH focus area of global health and health disparities prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in a variety of public and private settings including but not limited to community health centers, community agencies, health departments, and NGOs. Want to learn more about CSU's MPH in Global Health and Health Disparities? Click here.

Questions may be directed to the Colorado School of Public Health, or 303.724.4613.

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