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Global Health Equity (MS)

The new MS Global Health Equity program consists of 36 credits including a 6-credit thesis work experience which students may complete with one of our many international or local partners. This highly interactive program offers courses primarily in person and allows for full-time or part-time study. Most students will complete the program in three semesters and one summer.
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Message from the Director

lauradcassidymsphdLaura D. Cassidy, MS, PhD

Director, PhD Program in Public and Community Health; Director, MS in Global Health Equity

(414) 955-4517

There are so many things to contemplate when choosing a career path and graduate degree. It is important to consider coursework, opportunities for field work, faculty mentorship, community engagement and job placement. Here at MCW we have listened and are responding to learner feedback. The MS Global Health Equity program was developed to prepare students to be global health leaders who will learn by engaging with diverse local and global populations. We have designed an experiential learning program that is hands on and project based. The program provides a mixture of in-person and online courses. A common theme is health equity with an emphasis on community engaged approaches. The online courses taught by our international colleagues provide a unique lens into disease surveillance, health inequities, community assets, and collaboration on novel research projects. We look forward to welcoming students to be a part of this new and exciting program!

Global Health Equity (MS) Program

About the Program

About the Program

GHE_Photo 3 newThe Institute for Health and Equity is excited to welcome the first cohort of students to the MS Global Health Equity program in the Fall of 2020. This new program was created to meet the growing demand of global health professionals. Students will learn from faculty with extensive and diverse Global Health experiences and will have hands on opportunities to put their knowledge into practice. All students will have a faculty advisor to guide them through their thesis work project and publication development. Our individualized program offers students hands on experience and is tailored to student’s specific global health interests.

Graduates of the MS of Global Health Equity program will be prepared to work in a variety of settings with many career opportunities including but not limited to:

  • Government Agencies
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Disaster relief organizations
  • International aid and development agencies
  • International health organizations
  • Research and academic institutions
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Health Policy


GHE_Photo 4 newIndividuals interested in the MS degree program must apply on the Application webpage. The MCW Graduate School operates on a rolling admissions basis, which means there is never a time that we do not accept applications and related materials. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications/materials in advance of the priority deadline to ensure that they receive full consideration.

The priority deadline for Fall admission is March 1 followed by rolling admissions through a final deadline of July 1. No GRE is required for admission to the program.

Students should satisfy the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Baccalaureate degree- official transcripts required
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA preferred
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement describing career goals and reasons for interest in the program
  • Strong foundation in quantitative, behavioral, and biological sciences
  • TOEFL scores for students who do not use English as their primary language of communication is required. A TOEFL score of 100 or higher is deal, the Institution Code is 1519.


Global Health Curriculum_newCourses for the program were developed using the competencies toolkit from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. Our 36-credit program can be completed in 18 months and can accommodate both full time or part time students. The program requires a 6-credit thesis work experience which students can complete with one of our local or global partners. The thesis work can be spread out throughout the semesters and/or the summer.
Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

GHE_Photo 5 newIf you have questions regarding tuition or your account, please contact the Office of Student Accounts, at (414) 955-8172 or mcwtuition@mcw.edu. Please refer to the All Student Handbook (PDF) for tuition payment policies and information.

Masters, Certificate & Non-Degree Students
Students seeking financial aid for MPH, MS or MA degree programs, visit the Financial Aid Office website.

Current MCW Employees
Tuition Course Approval Form - Human Resources (PDF)

Late Fees
There will be a $100 late registration fee for anyone not completing registration by the date indicated on the schedule each semester.

There is also a $250 late payment fee for tuition not paid on time according to the Tuition Payments policy in the All Student Handbook PDF).

Late payment fee is in addition to any late registration fee.

Learn More

Learn more about our local and global partners!

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Makerere School of Public Health

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Great Lakes Native American Research Center for Health

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Aegis Trust

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Milwaukee Global Health Consortium


Contact Us

Global Health Equity (MS)

Medical College of Wisconsin
Institute for Health & Equity
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Please send program inquiries to:
(414) 955-4105



MCW Graduate School

(414) 955-8218