Eck Institute for Global Health at University of Notre Dame

Why you should consider this program

The Master of Science in Global Health program provides an engaging science-centric training in the context of global health.  The program is a one-calendar-year, intensive training that includes two semesters of coursework and one (summer) semester of a field practicum, which we call the Capstone Project.

The coursework focuses on providing students with a working knowledge of the global health challenges facing our world by immersing them in the literature, as well as providing opportunities to meet and learn from experts in the field. The curriculum offers opportunities to operationalize the newly acquired skills and knowledge through activities such as laboratory research, survey research, mathematical modeling, health platforms, and project management. Thus, students make connections between classroom training in global health topics and the real health needs of resource-poor populations around the world through hands-on experience. Students undertake meaningful research projects supported by Notre Dame faculty. Science is understood in the context of its promise to improve the health of those people who are disproportionately affected by preventable diseases.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 57,699 $ 14,500 $ 43,199
Out of state $ 57,699 $ 14,500 $ 43,199
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

25% tuition waiver

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 20,250

Application fee waived?



The Capstone Project is a unique and exciting core component of the Master of Science in Global Health curriculum. The Capstone project 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. Working with Notre Dame Faculty and their  partners, students have the opportunity to conceptualize and implement a research project of their own. 


  • Examining the effects of health fair attendance on HIV testing rates among Latinos in Elkhart County, Indiana
  • Centering pregnancy- improving satisfaction and delivery method of prenatal and maternal health care to women in South Bend, Indiana
  • Increasing the safety and efficacy of short-term medical mission trips via electronic referral systems
  • Distance and the health status of persons living with HIV
  • Understanding and Investigating the Problem of Lead in St. Joseph County, Indiana
  • Retrospective Study of Feto-Infant Mortality in St. Joseph County, IN
  • The Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices (KAP) of Health Care Providers (HCPs) on HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylactic (PrEP) Treatment
  • Identifying Opportunities and Barriers of Implementing a Web-Based Health Intervention Among Waimānalo Residents in Hawaiʻi

Jobs for program alumni

  • Health Systems Strengthening Program Manager in Haiti with Catholic Relief Services
  • Health Research Analyst at Kansas Health Institute
  • Tulsa Health Department, Epidemiologist
  • Research Assistant and Field Interviewer at OSU College of Public Health Master of Nursing Program in Washington
  • Peace Corps: Global Health Service Partnership in Washington DC
  • Clinical Research Nurse, Saint Joseph Health System
  • Infection Preventionist, Northwestern Memorial Hospital 
  • Project Coordinator at CAHG- Healthcare Communications Company- New York
  • Senior Program Officer for Cargill, Food and Nutrition Security Unit (CARE)
  • Staff Research Associate UCLA 
  • Program Specialist at Health Research and Educational Trust of American Hospital Associatio
  • Research Assistant at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 
  • International Program Coordinator at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Refugee Resettlement Caseworker at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Peace Corps Ukraine Volunteer
  • Project Associate at Next Health Choice
  • Research Assistant at Harvard Global Surgery Program
  • Global Health Research Associate at St Joseph County Health Department
  • Global Health Research Associate at Saint Joseph Health System
  • Research Assistant at University of Chicago

Other details

Program length

1 year

Application requirements

  • Submit a curriculum vitae or résumé through the online application.
  • Submit a statement of intent (instructions below)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Submit an unofficial transcript (ultimately, an official transcript will be required)
  • We are currently waiving ALL (GRE) General Test (or MCAT) scores and are still accepting applications for 2020/2021 year.

Admissions process

Individuals should email the program at [email protected] and let the program know they qualify for the Coverdell Fellowship.  Be sure to include in your email an attached copy of your signed Description of Service (DOS).

Program begins


Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Kim Bogold, Global Health Training Coordinator

University of Notre Dame
120 Brownson Hall
Notre Dame, Indiana 46556