MBA/MPH in Global Health Management

Ivan Busulwa on the MBA/MPH Program

Alumnus Ivan Busulwa on choosing the MBA/MPH program
Ivan Busulwa (MBA/MPH’12) discusses his childhood in Kenya and why he has decided to pursue a concentration in International Global Health.

The Master of Business Administration / Master of Public Health (MBA/MPH) is offered as a dual degree, administered jointly by the School of Public Health (SPH) and the School of Management (SMG). Through the MBA/MPH in Global Health Management, students will develop a deep and practical understanding of the unique context in which international health policy, financing, and management decisions are made. They will have the opportunity to apply management skills to practical challenges in their field of interest, such as pharmaceutical policy and management, HIV/AIDS, or global health management consulting.

Key Facts

  • Number of credits: 80
  • Program length: 5 semesters
  • Full-time or Part-time: Full-time only
  • Deadlines:
    • School of Public Health: Priority deadline, February 1
    • School of Management: Round 1 – October 16, Round 2 – January 8

Program Requirements

The dual degree requires the successful completion of 80 credits: 44(46 from SMG, 34 at the School of Public Health. Students are also required to complete a 400-hour internship to develop global health competencies.

FIRST YEAR FALL (19 Credits) FIRST YEAR SPRING (16-19 Credits) SUMMER (6 Credits) SECOND YEAR FALL (20 Credits) SECOND YEAR SPRING (19 Credits)
MG700: Ethical and Global Foundations (1 Credit) PL700: Introduction to Business Law (2 Credits)
PL727: Organizations, Markets, and Society (3 Credits) IS710: IT Strategies for a Networked Economy (3 Credits) Required Health Sector Internship MG790: Ethical Leadership in a Global Economy (3 Credits) Global Engagement Elective (3 Credits)
QM716: Business Analytics: Data Analysis and Risk (3 Credits) OB713: Leading Organizations and People (3 Credits) HSM Elective (3 Credits)
AC710:Financial Reporting and Analysis (3 Credits) SI750: Competition, Innovation, and Strategy (3 Credits) EH717: Foundations of Environmental Health (3 Credits) HM710 Health Service Delivery (3 Credits) or HM717: Drugs, Devices, and Diagnostics (4 Credits) SB721: Social and Behavioral Sciences for Public Health (3 Credits)
OM725: Creating Value Through Operations and Technology (3 Credits) HM703: Health Sector Issues and Opportunities (3 Credits) LW719: Introduction to Health Law (3 Credits) SPH Courses* (minimum 10 credits**)
MK723 Marketing Management (3 Credits) PM838: Health Politics and Policy (2 Credits) EP713: Introduction to Epidemiology (3 Credits) PM755: Health Care Delivery Systems: Issues and Innovations (4 Credits)
FE721: Finance 1 (3 Credits) Elective*** (3 Credits) SPH Courses* (minimum 6 credits**) PM940: Culminating Experience (0 Credits)
ES721: Teaming (0 Credits) ES721: Teaming (0 Credits) ES723: Career Management (0 Credits)
ES722: Executive Communication (0 Credits) ES723: Career Management (0 Credits) ES724: Professional Skills (1 Credit)
ES723: Career Management (0 Credits)

Blue: MBA; Pink: MPH *A total of 16 SPH HPM credits from the planning worksheet are required across the 2 semesters in the 2nd year (this includes PM755). **In Year 2, students must choose one from the following list of SPH courses: PM780 (2cr), PM827 (4cr), PM834 (4cr), PM840 (4cr). *** Student has the option of taking an elective in Module 4; this is not required as part of the curriculum. If a course is taken then, it may lessen the semester. As you would expect in a leading institution, the curriculum is constantly evolving to anticipate the future needs of graduates. This list is a sampling of courses and is for reference only. Courses are subject to change each semester.

Learning Goals

Master of Business Administration

Learning in the MBA program is heavily experience and team-based, emphasizing the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (particularly analysis, synthesis, and evaluation in the cognitive realm), and cuts across traditional educational categories. In the first semester of the full time program, student teams are formed and engage in projects that combine application of content from multiple courses, culminating in competitive presentations and products. There is also a major simulation carried out by a separate set of teams that lasts several days and mimics iterative decision-making in the real world. Courses are heavily interactive, and cases are widely used in the classroom.

MBA Learning Goals

The learning goals of the MBA program have been adopted by the MBA Program Development Committee as the competencies all graduates of the program should attain. From these learning goals the program has developed measurable objectives, which are regularly assessed and results are fed back into the curricular process.

Specifically, the learning goals of Boston University’s MBA program are as follows:

  • We develop graduates with self-awareness and strong career management skills
  • We develop graduates who can apply integrative leadership, have strong communication skills, and can perform well and contribute appropriately on teams
  • We develop graduates who understand the strategic implications and application of technology within business
  • We develop graduates who possess a management-systems perspective. Graduates will have an understanding of core, functional, business knowledge; and will be able to successfully apply critical and analytical thinking within a management-systems perspective
  • We develop graduates who possess an ethical, global, perspective


While students are enrolled in both the MBA and MPH degree programs, they pay only one full-time tuition charge each year. For summer courses, students pay per credit. Tuition for the School of Management is currently set at $45,686. Applicants to the School of Management are automatically eligible for merit based scholarships. See the tuition and financial aid section for more information.


Graduates of the program will lead and manage institutions working to ameliorate the health of populations in resource-constrained settings around the world through organizations such as the World Health Organization, Department of State, the World Bank, consulting companies, and major charities. Graduates might expect to:

  • Build simulation models to show the impact of different policy options for health reform in Central Asia.
  • Help an NGO identify new ideas for programming; identify and measure markets; and plan for the systems, personnel, and financing needed to implement.
  • Develop systems for measuring the operational efficiency, productivity, and financial performance of the pharmacy department in a nonprofit hospital in India.
  • Implement a performance and expenditure review process to strengthen management control and data-based decision-making among district health teams in South Africa.

More information on career opportunities can be found on both the School of Management and School of Public Health career websites.

Admission Process

Applicants interested in the joint MBA/MPH in Global Health Management must submit completed applications to both the School of Public Health and the School of Management. Interested students may not apply for the dual degree once they have begun the MPH. However, students who are enrolled in their first semester of the full-time MBA program may seek enrollment in the MPH program as a dual-degree student. Regardless of the deadline you choose to meet, if not yet enrolled in Boston University’s MBA program, please be sure to submit your applications to each school at the same time.

To view required essays and the admissions checklist for the School of Management, visit the Admissions Process page.

Please see the application process page for the School of Public Health and the Graduate School of Management for more information.

Contact Us

Contact the School of Management at (617) 353-2670 or contact the School of Public Health at (617) 638-5042 with program-specific questions. We’re also available on chat through MSM/AIM/Yahoo/Google Talk; our screen name is BostonUMBA.