Academics & Curriculum
All students will begin the M.S. Health and the Public Interest program in August with the course, Health in Context: the Social World of Health and Illness, 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 the part-time students.
The program includes:
- 21 credits in core courses,
- 6 credits of electives,
- 3 credit capstone / 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.
The Health and the Public Interest (HAPI) program begins with a three-week intensive course that will start on August 3, 2020. 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 will complete their program with a six-week internship or capstone project in Summer 2021.
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