Apply Now

Master of Science in Global Health students begin capstone research

Author: Kelly Thomson

What a difference 9 months can make! Especially when you are in the University of Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Global Health program: a one-year intensive global health training program, focused on research and science.

The fall and spring semesters were a whirlwind of epidemiology, research methods, statistics, program management, ethics, and leadership course work. The highlight of the year, however, is the capstone research project that enables students to make connections between classroom learning and real health needs of resource-poor settings around the world through a hands-on, six to eight week field experience. This group of remarkable students, motivated to contribute to a healthier, more just world, has had extensive training and they are now ready to go and collaborate with their partners around the globe working towards global health solutions! Twenty-two students will be implementing research projects in 13 countries: The Gambia, Belize, Indonesia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, India, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United States.

The students are under the supervision of their Notre Dame faculty advisors in disciplines ranging from human rights law, vector-borne diseases, maternal, child, and newborn health, cancer, digital information systems, epidemiology, antibiotic resistance, HIV/AIDS, parasitology, chemistry, palliative care, water and sanitation, and access to services for families with disabled children.

The partners we are fortunate to have our students conduct their research with this summer include: University of Gambia, Belize Vector and Ecology Center (BVEC), NAMRU-6 in Peru, the University of Gondar College of Medicine and Health Sciences in Ethiopia, the Balachandran Ravindran Institute of Life Sciences in India, AIDS Free World in The Gambia, Makerere University School of Public Health in Uganda, AIDS Ministries-AIDS Assist of Northern Indiana, Timmy Global Health in Ecuador, Health Access Connect in Uganda, Clinical Research Center/Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah in Malaysia, Palliative Care Association in Uganda, and Uganda Virus Research Institute.

We are proud of their preparation and wish them all a fantastic learning and research experience.

MSGH Class of 2018

The Eck Institute for Global Health is a university-wide enterprise that recognizes health as a fundamental human right and endeavors to promote research, training, service to advance health standards for all people, especially people in low and middle-income countries, which are disproportionately impacted by preventable diseases. For more information about Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Global Health degree program, visit: here.


Originally published by Kelly Thomson at on May 03, 2018.