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DGHI Welcomes Hundreds of New and Returning Students

August 29, 2017

As global health students and scholars wrap up their summer fieldwork and return to Duke from around the world, DGHI is welcoming a new class of 35 master’s degree students, four new doctoral scholars and more than 250 returning undergraduate majors and minors.

“Our undergraduate and graduate students have returned from their summer fieldwork experiences all over the world doing fascinating, meaningful work mentored by our DGHI faculty, and we have a new cohort of students starting our master’s program in global health,” said Mary Story, associate director for academic programs. “We’re looking forward to a great new school year.”

DGHI MASTER’S PROGRAM INCLUDES MANY INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

This fall, the ninth year of the program, the 34 Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) students—28 women and seven men—are joining 43 returning students. Three of the students in the new cohort are Duke alumni.

The students in the new class come to Durham from six different countries—China, Germany, Liberia, Uganda, South Korea and the United States—and speak a total of 20 languages in addition to English. International students comprise nearly a third of the cohort. The students’ undergraduate degrees range from biology to management to music.

Three of the new students are participants in the Global Health Pathway for Residents and Fellows, a program led by the Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health.

The MSc-GH program at Duke Kunshan University welcomes 11 new students for this year, who will join 13 returning students.

DGHI’S DOCTORAL PROGRAMS CONTINUE TO THRIVE 

DGHI offers two global health doctoral programs—Doctoral Scholars and the Doctoral Certificate—each designed to engage PhD candidates from across Duke to integrate their primary discipline with global health. 

DGHI currently has 10 doctoral scholars and 20 doctoral certificate candidates. These students represent a wide range of disciplines, including engineering, economics, environmental studies, anthropology, clinical psychology and medicine, to name just a few. The scholars’ fieldwork locations are equally diverse, including Tanzania, Liberia, South Sudan and Cambodia, to name a few. 

UNDERGRAD PROGRAMS CONTINUE TO ATTRACT STUDENTS FROM ACROSS DUKE

As we enter the 2017-2018 school year, DGHI’s undergraduate programs remain popular with students, with 126 global health majors and 130 minors. Students who major in global health are required to select a co-major; the co-majors span 22 disciplines, from biology to computer science to evolutionary anthropology.

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New MSc-GH Class
The incoming Master of Science in Global Health class.

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