The Master of Health Science (MHS) in Global Health Economics is a 9-month academic program that teaches students how to use economic tools to help solve pressing global health problems.
With increasing globalization, there is a growing need for health economists who can translate research into policy and directly inform governments and organizations on the best course of action. Through this degree program, students will learn how health economic principles are used to address global issues such as migration, displaced persons, climate change and pandemics. They’ll also learn how health economics can be used to promote healthy lifestyles, positive health outcomes, and equitable access to care.
Using applied health cases from around the world, students will learn how to conduct economic evaluations of health programs and how to evaluate the impact of social problems on the health of a community or population. They will also gain a solid understanding of how to influence behavior through the use of economic incentives.
The MHS in Global Health Economics is offered by the Department of International Health. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research in health economics and design health policies in relation to a variety of global health issues, such as:
Maternal and neonatal care
Humanitarian conflicts and natural disasters
Chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and hypertension
Poverty and access to health care
Injury and trauma prevention
Pharmaceuticals and access to drugs
Globalization trends and its impacts on global burden of disease and health behavior
This program is ideal for those who wish to work domestically or internationally on global health issues. Graduates of the degree program have the opportunity to travel and work for major global organizations, and they conduct international work in health economics, both in low- and middle-income countries and developed nations.
The major components of the master's in Global Health Economics include:
Nine months of academic coursework building strengths in economics, econometrics, biostatistics, and epidemiology
Written comprehensive exam
Specialty elective courses in international health
Completion of a scholarly paper that integrates material from multiple courses applying health economics, globalization, and health, econometrics, economic evaluation, or other research techniques to a topic of interest
Students who complete the MHS in Global Health Economics will be able to:
Use economic theory to predict responses to changes in policies and incentives provided by changes in government policy, the health system, in health services provision, or in public health
Use economic theory to balance the tradeoff between equity and efficiency for health policy recommendations
Understand the appropriate role of cost-effectiveness analysis and economic reasoning in the policy making process for health care in the United States and around the world
Understand how economics is combined effectively with other public health sciences including biostatistics, epidemiology, and disease modeling in the conduct of cost-effectiveness studies and other types of economic studies
Provide input into the conduct of economic evaluations related to new health interventions, health systems, health services, or public health interventions
Provide content input into the conduct of econometric analyses of changes related to policy and to perform data management and statistical tasks related to econometric analyses
Provide input into the interpretation of results of all types of economic evaluations and analyses for policy purposes
Analyze how globalization trends in trade, immigration, and labor markets may affect global burdens of disease and health behavior
Students must take all required courses each term. Beginning in the second term, students must also take one International Health elective each term. A total of 64 credits is required to complete the degree.
Health Economists are in high demand around the globe. Solving pressing problems in low- and middle-income countries as well as within the US requires solid skills. Graduates of the MHS in Global Health Economics Program will be well placed for a range of opportunities in the public and private sectors. Graduates can use the degree for entry into international agencies, academic research institutions, and private corporations.
Graduates of this program go on to conduct international work in health economics, both in low- and middle-income countries and developed nations.
International Agencies: World Health Organization (WHO), World Bank, United Nations Children Fund, InterAmerican Development Bank, Pan American Health Organization, USAID, and the Food and Agricultural Organization
Government: Domestic and international government-related organizations, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Consulting, Health Care, and Industry: Consulting firms, contract research organizations, pharmaceutical and medical device companies, health insurers, and managed care organizations such as Healthcare Value Analytics and McKinsey & Company
Medical and Doctoral Degree Programs: Graduates go on to pursue MDs and PhDs at Johns Hopkins University and other esteemed academic institutions.
Academic and Research Institutions: University of York’s Centre for Health Economics, the University of Washington in Seattle, University of Michigan School of Medicine, University of Ohio, Johns Hopkins University
Many of the research centers based in the Department of International Health, for example, offer opportunities for both students and graduates of the MHS in Global Health Economics degree program, including
International Vaccine Access Center
International Center for Maternal and Newborn Health
Global Obesity Prevention Center
Center for Humanitarian Health
All applications should be submitted through SOPHAS.
In general, degree applicants will need to submit the following:
Official transcripts from EVERY college-level institution you attended (academic records from institutions outside the U.S. must undergo a credentials evaluation).
Standardized test score (Please review for Covid-19 Pandemic related policies)
English proficiency test score (TOEFL or IELTS), if applicable
Three letters of recommendation
Resume or curriculum vitae
Statement of Purpose and Objectives
International Applicants are welcome and should review additional instructions for applying from outside the U.S.
Students enter this program from a variety of backgrounds. While work experience is encouraged, it is not required.
Applicants must demonstrate evidence of a solid academic record. No specific undergraduate major is required, but successful applicants will have a strong quantitative background.
Applications to the MHS program are considered by a faculty admissions committee that reviews a range of criteria and considers the overall balance of each applicant's qualifications. A strong undergraduate academic record is expected. For the 2021/2022 academic year, scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) that are less than five years old are not required but highly recommended, for all applicants regardless of academic or professional background. The personal statement is a central element to the application, as it is an opportunity to explain your commitment to the field. Applicants also need to include a résumé.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for all applicants from countries/education programs where English is not the official language. The minimum requirements for TOEFL is 100 for the Internet-based or 600 for the Paper-based test. The minimum requirement for IELTS is a score of 7.
Successful applicants possess a strong academic record with strong quantitative skills and oral and written communication 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.
International Applicant Transcript Evaluation
Recognizing that academic records and degree certificates from institutions outside the United States are sometimes difficult to obtain, we urge you to begin the process well in advance of our application deadline.
Luis Ordaz, MHS '14Assistant Director of Evaluation of Health Conditions & Treatment, Ministry of Health, Mexico
"As an international student interested in health systems financing and improvement, this program has given me the economic tools I need to work in my home country or for a multilateral agency focused on Latin America."
Libby Watts, MHS '17Data Analyst, International Vaccine Access Center
"The faculty stay informed of the cutting-edge methods and technologies in the field. Being exposed to these concepts in their classes helped me immediately contribute to my new position."
Rantimi Oluwasegun MHS '15Doctoral student, International Health, Health Systems Program
"The program taught me to conduct and interpret economic analysis to help make better health policies. I also gained the foundation for my doctoral studies in health systems strengthening in low- and middle-income countries."
Samantha Clark, MHS '13Health Economist, International Vaccine Access Center
"The skills I learned and the connections I made during this 9-month program led to my position with an internationally recognized research team. We perform complex economic modeling with high-impact results that have helped secure financing for public health programs in countries across the globe."
Carolina Cardona, MHS '16Doctoral student, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, JHSPH
"I gained the foundations for my doctoral studies in health economics, from microeconomic theories to econometrics and statistical methods."
Stephanie Wels, MHS '14Analyst, Healthcare Value Analytics, McKinsey & Company, New York, NY
"From economic modeling to policy analysis, I am confident that the skills I have gained throughout the year will stay with me throughout my life. The MHS in Health Economics here at Hopkins is by far the best thing I could have done to start my career."