Dual MS in Global Health Policy and Management and MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

What is a dual degree?

Students in dual degree programs fulfill the complete requirements for each degree, earning degrees for both programs.

What is a joint degree?

Joint degree programs are created by special agreement between programs, allowing students to fulfill a modified set of requirements. Please note that students in joint degree programs earn only one degree.

Introduction

The nexus between global health and conflict resolution is a growing one. As natural disasters, pandemics and disease, environmental degradation and wars and refugee crises threaten the stability of countries, so does the need for those trained in both the strengthening of health systems and the resolution of conflict at every stage. Students in Heller's MS in Global Health and Policy Management and MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence dual degree program are trained in humanitarian aid and disaster management, preparing them to work at organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, whose works lives at the intersection between health, development and conflict.

This is a program for those who seek careers on the front lines of health policy and conflict resolution, whether it be the reconstruction of health systems post-conflict, the strengthening of health access in refugee crises or the improvement of health programs in domestic areas facing inequality and structural violence.

Program Description

  • This is a two-year program that includes a summer practicum, a master’s paper and a capstone presentation.
  • Students will undertake the full coursework of both the MS in Global Health and Policy Management and the MA in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, with 16 of their elective credits focused on a concentration in Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Management.
  • Graduates receive two degrees, with a concentration. 
  • The program is a total of 76 credits, with 64 course credits and 12 credits for the COEX practicum and paper.
  • Students are required to be in full time residence at the Heller school for two academic years excluding the summer practicum.
  • Students receive academic advising from both programs.
  • The practicum for this program is jointly administered by the MS and MA programs, with dual advising for students. Students conduct their practicum in organizations which work on health and humanitarian aid or conflict issues. Students complete a master’s paper and a capstone in their final spring semester and are be provided with detailed guidance on each.

Curriculum

Students have the option of beginning the program with the MA COEX or MS/GHPM requirements. Below is a recommended course sequence beginning with MA COEX requirements.