The Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH) Program’s mission is to provide, within the framework of a premier Catholic research university, a mixture of classroom and experiential learning where science is understood in the context of its promise to improve the health of those people who are disproportionately affected by preventable diseases.
This program will place University of Notre Dame in the forefront of providing an MSGH academic program. Only three similar programs currently exist in the United States, and student demand exceeds capacity. The University of Notre Dame will be recognized for its premier role in training new leaders in global health who address health concerns of the poor, as well as in being a national and international partner in the global health enterprise.
The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for a lifelong appreciation of the crippling burdens societies suffer from disease, especially those in low- and middle-income countries. More importantly, beyond recognizing the burden of disease, students shall be prepared to make a positive contribution to alleviating this burden, through research, training or service. The uniqueness of the program is its focus on science, health and the poor. The academic objectives are to: 1) focus on building a strong scientific knowledge of the diseases that most adversely impact poor people around the world; and 2) provide students with hands-on research, training or service experience in resource-poor settings where basic health care needs are not met. The MSGH Program builds on the rich tradition of tropical infectious diseases research at ND and is consistent with the mission of the University – to cultivate an appreciation and disciplined sensibility to the poverty, injustice and oppression that burden the lives of so many, and thereby to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good.