The GDEC Programme trains students to use epidemiologic and biostatistical methods to design, implement, and evaluate disease control interventions of public health importance to underserved populations. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty at field sites across the world, gaining hands-on experience in global health research and program implementation.
The program emphasizes biomedical interventions (e.g. therapeutic or prophylactic drugs, vaccines, or environmental modifications). Most projects are interdisciplinary and draw on knowledge and expertise across the School in partnership with international collaborators. Students can acquire a broad understanding of the methods, skills, and tools needed to design, conduct, and analyse community and clinical trials and/or laboratory-based investigations.
Special strengths of the GDEC program include:
Infectious disease epidemiology (including emerging infections)
Evaluation of health programs in developing settings
Community-based maternal and neonatal health approaches
mHealth strategies to address health and wellness challenges
Certificate in Vaccine Science and Policy. This certificate requires coursework on vaccinology, spanning biological bases, clinical trials, development, application, and policy with a concentration of coursework and research opportunities.
Students can complete their degrees in 1.5 years. All requirements should be completed within 2 years.
Academic Terms 1 - 4
Intensive coursework, with a focus on biostatistics, epidemiology, and infectious diseases.
Comprehensive departmental examination at the end of the first academic year.
Academic Terms 5 – 6 (minimum)
Practicum: field placement or School-based investigation and analysis of a significant issue related to the health of underserved populations.
Practicum update at the end of every term.
Capstone essay reviewed and approved by two faculty readers. The capstone should provide tangible evidence of expertise on a specific applied topic of international health relevance.
All applications should be submitted through SOPHAS.
Global Disease Epidemiology & Control applicants must have a strong undergraduate background in biology and/or the quantitative sciences. A degree in hard sciences is highly preferred.
Successful applicants possess a strong academic record with a particular emphasis on excellent quantitative and verbal skills, which are reflected in transcripts and standardized test scores (GRE or MCAT). For the 20-21 application season, GRE scores are highly recommended but not required.
Baccalaureate-level degree in a related field.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For the 2021/2022 academic year, GRE scores are highly recommended but not required.
Personal statement of professional and/or research goals
Official transcripts from all institutions attended
TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers. Minimum scores:
TOEFL: 100 iBT; 600 PBT (paper-based test)
Three letters of recommendation
International Applicants are welcome and should review additional instructions for applying from outside the U.S.
Alumni enjoy careers in academia, government and non-government sectors, and industry. Graduates become public health practitioners who provide technical assistance to public health researchers and public health managers in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs to address public health problems facing underserved populations in the US and abroad.
Where our recent alumni work
Chesapeake Regional Informational Systems for our Patients (CRISP)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Population Services International (PSI)
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
The DHS Programme
Senior Programme Manager, Epidemiology and Market Development
Senior Digital Policy Communications Associate
Associate Policy Researcher
Clinical Research Coordinator
HIV/AIDS Statistics & Monitoring Officer
Pharmaceutical Management Technical Advisor
"My internship experiences helped me see what it would be like to utilize my skills after graduation." Tomoka (right) and her adviser, Prof. Joanne Katz in Nepal. Tomoka is now a Technical Officer in WHO's Global Immunization Monitoring and Surveillance group."Tomoka Nakamura, MSPH '15
"My internship at the WHO was inspiring. I was able to work alongside some of the top global experts in the vaccine world. The Programme in Applied Vaccine Experiences is a great opportunity." Yingqi is now a Public Health Officer at the Ministry of Health, Singapore."Yingqi Lai, MSPH ’14