Programs and Degrees

MPH Concentration in Program Design and Implementation

The Program Design and Implementation concentration prepares students to design and implement public health programs in industrialized, emerging, or developing countries.  Students will acquire conceptual and practical tools to conduct needs assessments, conceptualize program/project frameworks, identify and manage human and financial resources required to successfully implement programs, and identify and utilize information for monitoring and evaluation (M&E) programs/projects.

programs picturesThe 45-credit hour MPH curriculum is designed to prepare students to improve the health of populations worldwide through strengthening health systems, building stronger communities and facilitating healthy behaviors in an increasingly globalized world.


Concentration Competencies

Employment Opportunities for Graduates

The coursework in this concentration will prepare students for work in a particular disease or health area (e.g., disasters/public health emergencies, HIV/AIDS, infectious disease/malaria, nutrition, or reproductive health). Typical jobs include: entry-level project coordinators, desk officers, or program/project managers in: local, state and federal health departments; NGOs, private voluntary organizations (PVOs) and faith-based organizations; federal agencies involved in domestic and international work, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); United Nations, World Bank, and other multi-national agencies.

School Required Courses

BIOS 6030 Introduction to Biostatistics
EPID 6030 Epidemiologic Methods I
GEHS 6030 Survey of Environmental Health
TRMD 6010 Biological Basis of Disease
GCHB 6030 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Global Health
GHSD 6030 Principles of Health Systems Administration and Management

Department Required Course

GHSD 6010 Comparative health systems

Concentration Required Courses

GHSD 6250 Design and implementation of global health interventions
GHSD 6270 Monitoring of program interventions in global health, or equivalent

AND at least one course in a specific disease or topic area of public health (Disasters/Public Health Emergencies; HIV/AIDS; Infectious Diseases/Malaria; Nutrition; Reproductive Health)


Concentration Recommended Courses

GCHB 6100 Introduction to public health policy and practice
GCHB 6110 Planning of health education programs
GCHB 6140 Developing leadership and communication skills in public health
GCHB 6220 Community organization
GHSD 6110 Health economics for developing countries
GHSD 6280 Evaluation of program interventions in global health
GHSD 6360 Human resource management
GHSD 6370 Grant writing
GHSD 6380 Organizational behavior
GHSD 6500 Introduction into health care accounting
GHSD 6710 Quantitative decision models
TRMD 6790 Interdisciplinary  research methods in tropical medicine in Peru
GHSD 6780 Information systems
GHSD 6980 Health system of china: an applied perspective
GHSD 7020 Communications research for family planning and health
GHSD 7120 Monitoring and evaluation of maternal and child health
GHSD 7170 Strategic management and planning for health care organizations
IDEV 6900  Grant Writing for Development Projects
IDEV 6900 The United Nations Systems


Model Course Schedule

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Culminating Experience Exam (SPHL 7950-03)

All students in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development must satisfy the school-level culminating experience requirement by successfully passing the master’s comprehensive examination.  Students must have completed all school core courses before taking the exam, preferably in the semester prior to graduation.  This exam is administered three times each year, and it is the student's responsibility to be present in New Orleans to take the exam on the scheduled day. Students must arrange their schedules accordingly.

The exam consists of two parts:

  1. Part A focuses on the school-wide core courses, assessing competency of core knowledge and application of knowledge and tools in public health.
  2. Part B is administered by the department and tests the student's knowledge in the major areas covered by the departmental core course.

Culminating Experience Handbook


Practicum (SPHL 9980)

The Department of Global Health Systems and Development requires a period of practical training (the Practicum) of a minimum of 250 hours, usually in the summer between the second and third semesters (for those enrolling in fall). The practicum provides students with experience in an actual health delivery or development setting, program or project, in which students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their coursework to practical settings. The specific outline and reporting requirements of the practicum are detailed in the SPHTM field practicum handbook.

Program Design and Implementation Faculty

Jane Bertrand, PhD
Thomas Eisele, PhD
Nancy Mock, DrPH
Katherine Andrinopoulus, PhD

For more information contact:

Roseanna Rabalais
Program Coordinator
Phone: 504-988-3655
Location: Tidewater Building, 22nd Floor


1440 Canal Street | Suite 1900 | Box TB-46 | New Orleans, LA 70112 | 504-988-5428 |