MPA-MPH with Global Health Concentration

COVID-19. Diabetes. Maternal and infant health. Refugees. Clean water.

These days there is hardly a health issue that doesn’t have global implications—and global consequences. The challenges are broad and complex: disease, discomfort, displacement from essential resources—none of these is confined by political borders. But you can learn how to tackle these issues on multiple fronts with our MPA-Global MPH dual-degree program offered with NYU's School of Global Public Health (SGPH).

We’ll give you the academic background to understand the trends, contributing factors, and consequences of global health issues from nutrition to epidemiology and everything in between. And then we’ll provide you with the tools to do something about those issues—whether that includes taking a nonprofit organization into the field for aid on the front lines, or working within government agencies to shape new policies for increasingly complicated health challenges.


Total credits required: 69

  • 36 Credits toward the Master of Public Health (MPH)
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    • 18 MPH Core credits
    • 9 Global Health Concentration credits
    • 9 Elective credits
  • 33 Credits toward the Master of Public Administration (MPA) 
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    • 12 Core credits
      • The MPH course Biostatistics for Public Health (GPH-GU 2/5995) waives the MPA's Statistical Methods requirement (CORE-GP 1011).
    • 3 Capstone credits
      • The MPA's Capstone also fulfills the MPH's culminating experience requirement.
    • 18 Specialization & Elective credits
      • MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy: 9 Specialization + 9 Elective credits
      • MPA in Health Policy & Management: 10.5 to 15 Specialization + 7.5 to 3 Elective credits
        • The MPH courses Health Care Policy (GPH-GU 2110) and Public Health Management & Leadership (GPH-GU 2112) waive the MPA's Intro to Health Policy and Management course (HPAM-GP 1830). For those specializing in Health Policy Analysis, GPH-GU 2110 & 2112 waive Topics in Health Policy: Policy, Politics, and Power (HPAM-GP 2836).
  • Professional Experience Requirement
    • Wagner's Professional Experience Requirement (PER) also satisfies the MPH's Applied Practice Experience (APE) requirement.
      • Though an APE is not required in addition to a PER position, many MPA-MPH students opt to complete at least two internships during their time in the program--one more focused on Public Health, the other more related to their MPA specialization.

Course Codes
-GP = Wagner Graduate School of Public Service course

-GU = School of Global Public Health course

FALL YEAR 1 [15 credits]
Registration residency: SGPH

  • GPH-GU 2106 Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • GPH-GU 2120 Foundations of Global Health (3 credits)
  • GPH-GU 5380 Data-Driven Decision Making in Global Public Health (3 credits)
  • GPH-GU 5171 Global Health Informatics Workshop (0 credits)
  • GPH-GU 5175 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health I (0 credits)
  • CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • CORE-GP 1022 Introduction to Public Policy (3 credits)

SPRING YEAR 1 [15 credits] 
Registration residency: SGPH

  • GPH-GU 2110 Health Care Policy (1.5 credits)
  • GPH-GU 2112 Public Health Management & Leadership (1.5 credits)
  • GPH-GU 2995 Biostatistics for Public Health (3 credits)
  • GPH-GU 2190 Essentials of Public Health Biology (3 credits)
  • GPH-GU 5180 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health II (0 credits)
  • GPH-GU 5185 Readings in the History & Philosophy of Public Health III (0 credits)
  • CORE-GP 1020 Management and Leadership (3 credits)
  • CORE-GP 1021 Financial Management (3 credits)

FALL YEAR 2 [12 credits]
Registration residency: Wagner

  • GPH-GU 2140 Global Issues in Social & Behavioral Health (3 credits)
  • GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health (3 credits)
  • MPA Specialization coursework (6 credits)

SPRING YEAR 2 [12 credits]
Registration residency: Wagner

  • GPH-GU 5220 Accelerating Progress Towards Health-Related SDGs (3 credits)
  • MPH Elective (3 credits)
  • MPA Specialization/Elective coursework (6 credits)

FALL YEAR 3 [10.5 credits]
Registration residency: SGPH

  • MPH Elective coursework (6 credits)
  • MPA Specialization/Elective coursework (3 credits)
  • Capstone Part I (1.5 credits)

SPRING YEAR 3 (4.5 credits)
Registration residency: Wagner

  • MPA Elective coursework (3 credits)
  • Capstone Part II (1.5 credits)

Note: The trajectory above leads to a half-time equivalent course load in a student's final term of study (year 3, spring). Students wishing to reduce their credit loads in the first year of study may do so in consultation with their program advisors (e.g., by moving some credits to their final term and/or to optional January/summer terms).



Applicants are required to apply to NYU Wagner and NYU's School of Global Public Health separately. Once admitted to both, a student will qualify for the dual-degree program. Students apply separately to each school and join the MPA-Global MPH dual-degree program once they are admitted to both schools. Students enrolled in dual master's degree programs with other NYU schools are not eligible for NYU Wagner Named Fellowship programs.

For more information about admissions to NYU Wagner or the College of Global Public Health, please contact:




Students will work with advisors from both schools to carefully choose coursework that takes into consideration their unique academic and professional goals. The many sources of advisement that each school has to offer include faculty and staff advisors, peer advisors, and career advisors and events. Students leave the dual-degree program well supported and equipped with the frameworks and analytical skills that will serve them well in the complex and changing intersection of sectors and roles their careers may span.

For dual-degree program advisement, please contact:

  • At NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service:
  • At NYU School of Global Public Health: