Academics & Curriculum

All students will begin the Master of Science Health and the Public Interest Program begins in August with the course, Health, Disease, and Society, requiring one month of full-time attendance; other courses need not be taken sequentially. The program is intended to be completed within one year by full-time students and within two years for part-time students.

The program curriculum includes:

  • 21 credits in core courses
  • 6 credits of electives
  • 3 credit capstone or internship project

Courses in the program will be taught in the late afternoon or evening (for the most part), making the program suitable for part-time enrollment.  The didactic structure for a Master of Science Program comprises a 1-year (summer, fall, spring, summer) 30-credit residential program of core courses and electives requiring advisor approval and a required capstone/internship project.

2022-2023 Curriculum

The Health and the Public Interest program begins with a three-week intensive course that will start in the first week of August. This course requires full-time attendance by all students for that period. Students will then be enrolled for the Fall and Spring semesters according to the regular Georgetown academic calendar. In most cases, full-time HAPI students complete their program with a six-week internship or capstone project in the Summer

Educational Objectives

This program will provide students with the following theoretical and methodological skills:

  • Understanding and critiquing complex and interdisciplinary multi-method research relevant to public health
  • Understanding the evolution of governance, economic issues and other drivers of global health
  • Ability to draw on diverse theory and methods of social sciences and epidemiology
  • Ability to communicate with and design health, training, and social programs for healthcare professionals and the public
  • Advocacy and activism skills
  • Understanding of the sociocultural mechanisms of symptom construction without losing sight of physiological mechanisms
  • Basic understanding of physiology as it relates to specific health issues
  • Appreciation of the contribution of ethnic, national, occupational, and other cultural influences on healthcare
  • Written and oral communication skills, with an emphasis on the ability to communicate about complex theory and data across disciplines and with lay audiences
  • Hands-on familiarity with research skills and/or hands-on familiarity with community organizations, NGOs, or governmental agencies focusing on society and health