At Rutgers, global health-related courses are available across many different fields of study, and several academic programs offer global health as a concentration or area of emphasis. There are also many for-credit experiential learning opportunities to consider.

Degree Concentrations
Experiential Learning for Credit


Global health education at Rutgers is expansive. Courses such as Population Health and Urbanization, Biosecurity in Animal Agriculture, Nutrition Epidemiology, and Emerging Infectious Diseases are just some of the classes that have been offered in recent semesters.

When you register for your classes, consider whether a course related to global health would fit into your curriculum, either as an elective or to fill a requirement. Courses that deal with one or more key components of global health—for example, improving health, achieving equity, reaching beyond borders, uniting disciplines, and building partnerships—are particularly relevant. We encourage you to talk with your academic advisor for guidance.


Global Health Education Highlights

The following stories are about global health coursework at Rutgers as well as faculty whose global health work is diverse and interdisciplinary.

Read more about global health happenings at Rutgers, and meet the core faculty of Rutgers Global Health Institute.


Degree Concentrations

Distinction in Global Health

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Participants in this four-year program assume a significant level of responsibility in the collaborative planning, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of a focused, sustainable global health initiative. Working in partnership with the global health community, they work toward designing a sustainable and culturally appropriate intervention that directly impacts an underserved, at-risk, or vulnerable global health population.


Distinction Program in Global Health

New Jersey Medical School

This program includes interactive didactic sessions, mentorship, experiential learning, and a fourth-year capstone project. Participants study the global burden of disease, explore potential roles as actors in international development, and consider the ethics of global health and impact effectiveness when designing their programs.


Global Social Work Area of Emphasis

School of Social Work

An area of emphasis in global social work requires three relevant courses and an appropriate field placement. These placements can be abroad or within domestic organizations that provide international social services, including social services with immigrants and refugees.


Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Public Health

School of Public Health

Students in this degree program – available in online and in-person/hybrid formats – develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to evaluate determinants of global public health based on the five core areas of public health (systems and policies, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, and health education and behavioral science) and apply the fundamental principles of global public health to education, research, and practice programs. The program format is online or via in-person and hybrid options.


Experiential Learning for Credit

Civic Scholars

Rutgers University–Camden

Civic Scholars participate in special learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, leadership development, and hands-on service. This program partners organizations in Camden on a wide variety of projects and initiatives, involving issues such as health care, homeless outreach, education, college access, and urban environmental justice.


Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service

Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Through a variety of signature courses and programs, students can engage in community-based partnerships and public scholarship, contributing to their communities, learning how to work with diverse populations, and building lasting civic responsibility.


Global Health Interest Group

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School students raise funds for organizations working to improve international health and provide information to students who are interested in studying abroad.


International Leadership Exchange: Global Scholars Program

Rutgers University–Newark

Comprised of courses, field study, and co-curricular programs, this dynamic series of international programs challenges participants to broaden their theoretical and practical understanding of community-engaged leadership in the field.


Rutgers Global: Study Abroad


Among Rutgers Global’s many credit-bearing study abroad and service-learning abroad opportunities are several with a global health focus.