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Overview
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*Accreditation is in progress for programs in the Global Master’s model with a start date in 2020

Global public health issues pose major challenges to governments and health services providers. Mass migration, natural disasters, and failing governance structures have heightened the need for professionals able to enhance healthcare access; manage the delivery of robust disease-specific programs, drugs, and medical supplies; and develop functioning healthcare systems.

On this program you will gain comparative perspectives and professional skills in health policy, design, administration, and management in countries with serious health challenges and diverse delivery models. Kenya has a high burden of tuberculosis and TB/HIV coinfection and a huge burden of infectious and non-communicable diseases. SIT Kenya in Kisumu has a strong collaboration with Kenya Medical Research Institute at the Centre for Global Health Research, which also hosts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Likewise, in New Delhi, a city with a burgeoning population and diverse health systems, SIT India has an excellent pool of resources, organizations, and experts including the South East Asia Regional Office of the World Health Organization. You will visit healthcare delivery institutions in rural and urban India and hear from health workers and community leaders about healthcare delivery, policy, design, administration, and management. Practicum locations also include organizations in Switzerland and the United States, building on SIT’s extensive network of partners in those countries.

Faculty

SIT’s faculty are practitioners in their fields. Our diverse, multicultural faculty have worked across the world as leaders, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors.

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Program Chair

Azim Khan, Program Co-Chair
Azim Khan

Program Co-Chair

Dr. Azim Khan earned a PhD in health, gender, and human rights from Aligarh Muslim University, where his thesis focused on sex-selective abortions and prenatal diagnostic techniques.

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Steve Wandiga, Program Co-Chair
Steve Wandiga

Program Co-Chair

Dr. Steve Wandiga is a senior research officer at Kenya Medical Research Center in Kisumu.

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Admissions Criteria

We strive to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom.

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To be considered for admission to the MA in Global Health program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • US bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning

SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process

Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to talk with SIT faculty and staff and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

English Language Ability

Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS  practice tests online.)

  • Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of
  • 600 on the paper-based test (PBT)
  • 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or
  • 100 on the internet-based iBT.

Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.

These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.

Tuition/Costs

See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

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Direct Costs

Semester 1

  • Tuition: $14,500

Semester 2

  • Tuition: $14,500

Semester 3 (Reflective Practice Phase)

  • Tuition: $14,500

Total MA degree tuition and fees (all terms combined): $43,500

Indirect Costs

Semester 1

  • Room and board: TBD
  • Books: TBD
  • Visas: TBD
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • Transportation costs: $500
  • Contingency: TBD

Semester 2

  • Room and board: TBD
  • Books: TBD
  • Visas: TBD
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • Transportation costs: $500
  • Contingency; TBD

Semester 3 (Reflective Practice Phase)

  • Room and board: TBD
  • Books: TBD
  • Visas: TBD
  • Personal expenses: $1,500
  • Transportation costs: $500
  • Contingency: TBD

Additional Costs

Estimated Student Loan Fees

  • Semester 1: $500
  • Semester 2: $500
  • Semester 3: $500

Estimated fees are based on the average amount borrowed by SIT Graduate Institute students. See details on student loan options.