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Master’s of Health Science in Community and Global Health

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Do you believe that healthcare is a right, not a privilege? Are you committed to working toward equity and justice in the healthcare field? If so, Clark’s Master of Health Science (MHS) in Community and Global Health may be the ideal next step in your professional life.

The Clark community promotes health around the world by advancing new community-based approaches, performing deeper, more substantive research, and driving policy changes. We embrace innovative teaching methods and adopt community-engaged strategies that ensure our work reflects the lived realities of disadvantaged populations.

Our students in the International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) department are empowered to lift up those in need. As a member of our IDCE community, you’ll integrate perspectives from the social, economic, cultural, political, and environmental realms in order to develop robust strategies that address global health issues – from infectious diseases like Zika virus to endemic challenges such as diabetes and mental health. The passion you bring will fuel your lifelong pursuit to understand community needs, address health disparities, and solve health-related challenges.

Fellowship opportunity

The Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Master of Health Science in Community and Global Health was created with generous assistance from the Leir Charitable Foundations. Clark University is awarding fellowships for eligible, full-time students pursuing the MHS degree. The fellowship awards will provide funding for all tuition-related expenses Fellows accrue while enrolled in the program. For full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply by January 15.

Why Study at Clark?

  • Collaborate with faculty who are working with domestic and international communities, policymakers, and businesses to create and implement crucial changes in health policy.
  • Ranked #15 in the world for development studies by QS World University Rankings
  • Learn data analysis and social science methodologies that prepare you to effect change as a researcher, nonprofit manager, communications director, policy developer, and more.
  • Gain the critical-thinking, research, and technical skills necessary to re-imagine and re-structure health systems – and address the inadequacies of current programs.

Fixing the Broken Cycle of Healthcare in Ghana

Priscilla Addae-Konadu is a physician in her native Ghana. Through the MHS in Global Health and Community program, she is gaining a better understanding of global healthcare problems and learning to be an effective policy changemaker.

I look at things more from healthcare because that’s what I’m used to, that’s what I’ve studied, and that’s what I practice.

The Essentials

Program Overview

The IDCE department facilitates transdisciplinary collaboration around 10 concentrations that range from climate change and conservation to youth development, urban regeneration, and health equity. We take a problem-first approach, identifying a pressing issue and then bringing together a diverse team of researchers and practitioners who have the collective expertise to tackle it. Students and faculty members within Community and Global Health pursue provocative, far-reaching questions, such as:

  • What makes a city, community, or region healthy?
  • What are the social and environmental causes of disease?
  • What accounts for disparities in the distribution of disease?
  • How can we ensure more equitable access to health-enabling resources?
  • How can we work to best alleviate some of the world’s most pressing health issues?

Core courses will introduce you to vital concepts and methods such as epidemiology and biostatistics, health disparities, health equity, the global burden in communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health systems. You’ll then have the opportunity to focus your studies by choosing electives that address the relationship between health and a number of other areas: development, food, gender, environment, inequality, healthcare policy, and more.

Your 12th credit will be the culmination of your MHS experience. You may develop an individual or team-based project that allows you to translate knowledge into action, or gain mastery over an additional technical skill or method. You can also work with a faculty member on a research project to apply your skills and demonstrate your knowledge of the subject.

  • Understand health issues facing communities locally and globally
  • Act responsibly and with respect for the multi-dimensional nature of health challenges, including social, economic, cultural, political, and environmental factors
  • Apply appropriate research methodologies effectively
  • Appreciate the ethical implications of health research, practice, and governance
  • Identify and address complex health problems with an awareness of real-world contexts
  • Collaborate with local organizations and communities to create equitable, sustainable programs and solutions
  • Health (In)equity: Social Determinants and Policy Solutions
  • Beyond the Population Bomb
  • Community-Based Participatory Health Research
  • Environmental and Social Epidemiology
  • Spatial Analysis for Health
  • The Political Economy of Food and the Ethics of Eating


4 semesters over 2 years

12 course units

  • 3 core courses
  • 2 methods or skills courses
  • 6 electives within your concentration
  • 1 Capstone project (MHS thesis, MHS paper, collaborative project, or methods/skills course)

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