Doctor of Philosophy - Concentration in Global Health
A Ph.D. in public health with a concentration in global health is offered by the joint faculties of the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University, and the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
Global health relates to health issues and concerns that transcend national borders, class, race, ethnicity and culture, stresses the commonality of health issues and calls for a collective, partnership-based action to resolve these issues. Accordingly, emphasis is on preparing graduates with the fundamental knowledge, understanding, and specific skills necessary to become public health researchers and professional leaders in global health settings. Proximity to the U.S./Mexico border and expertise of many current faculty support and encourage a focus on infectious diseases (e.g., HIV, TB, STDs) and health of migrant populations, although students are expected to develop other areas of specialization within the Global Health concentration. These may be content areas, such as chronic/infectious disease surveillance and prevention, environmental health, health policy, and substance abuse or methodological areas such as quantitative, qualitative and spatial research methodologies that are applied to address health problems of global health significance.
In addition to didactic classes, students will be expected to meet specific cultural competencies relative to the overall field of global public health and to their dissertation area, and complete an international field practicum. Graduates of the program are competitive for a variety of research, teaching and service positions in academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and businesses with global health interests within and outside of the U.S.