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September 06, 2019

New year begins for more than 300 global health students, including new students from 11 countries. 

By Courtney McGowan

Fall is our favorite time of year at the Duke Global Health Institute. While in summer the loudest sounds in Trent Hall might be the hum of air conditioning, the hallways are full once again with excited conversations about fieldwork, new research ideas and the best way to spend a weekend in the Bull City. 

Last week, we welcomed 34 new and 30 returning Master of Science in Global Health students, 210 global health undergraduates, 10 global health doctoral scholars and 15 global health doctoral certificate candidates as Duke kicked off the fall 2019 semester. Among our undergraduate students are 104 majors, 103 minors and three Program II students whose self-designed, individualized programs of study each have a connection to global health. This semester we’re also hosting four second-year Master of Science in Global Health students from Duke Kunshan University

Diverse M.S. Class

Last week, DGHI welcomed the eleventh class of students to the Master of Science in Global Health program, one of the first such degrees offered in the U.S. This diverse crew comes from a variety of different academic backgrounds, with undergraduate degrees in biology, nutrition, economics, religion and more. These 34 students are from 11 countries and between them speak 20 different languages.

This year’s cohort also includes our first two Accelerated Master of Science in Global Health students—current Duke undergraduates who begin graduate study during their senior year and earn a master’s degree with only one additional year of study.

DGHI’s second-year master’s students are returning from field research placements around the world. They will present results from their research projects this fall at DGHI’s annual Research Showcase on Monday, Nov. 4. 

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This year's group of Masters of Science in Global Health students
The 11th cohort of Masters of Science in Global Health students

This year’s cohort includes our first two Accelerated Master of Science in Global Health students—current Duke undergraduates who begin graduate study during their senior year and earn a master’s degree with only one additional year of study.

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