Learning Objectives and Competencies

Required Learning Objectives and Competencies for the Master of Global Health


  • Explain public health history, philosophy, and values
  • Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
  • Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
  • List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the community relevant to the program
  • Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  • Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing
  • Explain the effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  • Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  • Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
  • Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
  • Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
  • Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (eg, WHO, One Health approach)


  • Analyze the roles, relationships, and resources of the entities influencing global health
  • Apply ethical approaches in global health research and practice
  • Apply monitoring and evaluation techniques to global health programs, policies, and outcomes
  • Propose sustainable and evidence-based multi-sectoral interventions, considering the social determinants of health specific to the local area
  • Design sustainable workforce development strategies for resource-limited settings
  • Display critical self-reflection, cultural humility, and ongoing learning in global health