Master of Science in Global Health

“The health of people is so connected to the health of the earth,” says Claire Feigal-Henry, MScGH (’16).

The Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH) degree program at NUNM was specially designed for those seeking to understand the complexity of global health issues, and those who want to find meaningful solutions to improving health and health equity for all people.

The MScGH program combines public health with traditional world medicine, providing a whole-systems approach to this field. Coursework investigates multidisciplinary solutions to difficult health issues, with an emphasis on health disparities and social justice. Fieldwork allows our students to apply their skills to develop real-world experience with current global health challenges and opportunities.

The MScGH program closely aligns with NUNM’s core programs of naturopathic and Chinese medicine, which have global origins.

Our students are trained to view a broader context of health and medicine rooted in integrative medicine. The global health program prepares professionals who want to improve the health and well-being of diverse populations worldwide through practice, research and policy.

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Program Options

The Master of Science in Global Health program may be taken concurrently with the following programs.

  • MScGH

    Admissions Requirements for MScGH

    Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

    A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

    Prerequisite Courses

    Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

    General Biology 1 Science-major/pre-med level preferred.
    Mathematics 1 Must be statistics (preferred) or college algebra.
    Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
    • General Biology — 1 Course
      Science-major/pre-med level preferred.
    • Mathematics — 1 Course
      Must be statistics (preferred) or college algebra.
    • Social Science — 1 Course
      Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

    A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

    Documents and Essays

    Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

    Required Documents and Essays for the MScGH Program

    • Resume

      A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

    • MScGH Personal Statement

      Please share what interests you about this program, why you believe you’re a good match for the program, and what you hope to do in the future with this degree. (2000 words max, double spaced)

    Estimated Program Cost

    First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScGH*
    Credits 35
    Cost/Credit $464
    Tuition $16,240
    Fees** $550
    Total $16,790

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2022-2023 academic year.

    ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScGH program.

    Total MScGH Degree Credits

    • Core program credits

      50

    • Elective credits

      12

    • Total required credits

      62

    • ND/MScGH

      Admissions Requirements for ND/MScGH

      Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

      A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

      Prerequisite Courses

      Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

      Biological Sciences 2 Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
      Chemical Sciences 4 Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      General Physics 1
      Mathematics 1 Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
      English Composition 1
      Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
      Social Sciences & Humanities 2 Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
      Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
      • Biological Sciences — 2 Courses
        Science-major level. Competencies may be met through courses such as: cell biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, genetics, botany, etc. Content should cover cell biology. Lab work required.
      • Chemical Sciences — 4 Courses
        Science-major level. Two sequential courses in both general and organic chemistry; biochemistry may serve as a substitute for one organic chemistry course. Lab work required for the general chemistry series.
      • General Physics — 1 Course
      • Mathematics — 1 Course
        Must be in algebra, calculus, or statistics.
      • English Composition — 1 Course
      • Psychology — 1 Course
        Any general psychology course 100-level or higher.
      • Social Sciences & Humanities — 2 Courses
        Courses in the areas of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, linguistics, politics, psychology, sociology art, religion, philosophy, literature, music and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
      • Social Science — 1 Course
        Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

      A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

      Documents and Essays

      Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

      Required Documents and Essays for the ND/MScGH Program

      • Resume

        A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

      • Personal Statement

        Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

      • ND: Primary Care

        While you might not choose to ultimately practice as a primary care physician, you will be trained as such at NUNM and will be expected to work with all patients without bias or discrimination. Please discuss how you anticipate dealing with the following situations while you are a student at NUNM: a) Providing healthcare to patients who may differ from you in terms of gender identity, religion, political viewpoints, race, sexual orientation, etc. b) Providing treatments that you may have conflicting personal beliefs around but are necessary parts of your naturopathic education, including but not limited to administration of immunizations, pharmaceutical drugs, homeopathy, hormone therapies for patients undergoing gender transitions, etc. (maximum 1,000 words, double spaced)

      • MScGH Personal Statement

        Please share what interests you about this program, why you believe you’re a good match for the program, and what you hope to do in the future with this degree. (2000 words max, double spaced)

      Estimated Program Cost

      First-Year Tuition & Fees for ND*
      Credits 82.75
      Cost/Credit $464
      Tuition $38,396
      Fees** $1,047
      Total $39,443

      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2022-2023 academic year.

      ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the ND program.

      The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

      Total ND Degree Credits

      • Core program credits

        286

      • Elective credits

        16

      • Total required credits

        302

        Total MScGH Degree Credits

        • Core program credits

          50

        • Elective credits

          12

        • Total required credits

          62

        • DAcCHM/MScGH

          Admissions Requirements for DAcCHM/MScGH

          Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

          A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

          Prerequisite Courses

          Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

          General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
          General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
          Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
          Mathematics 1 Must be statistics (preferred) or college algebra.
          Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
          Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
          Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
          • General Biology — 1 Course
            Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
          • General Chemistry — 1 Course
            Science-major level preferred with lab.
          • Physics — 1 Course
            Must include mechanics.
          • Mathematics — 1 Course
            Must be statistics (preferred) or college algebra.
          • Psychology — 1 Course
            Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
          • Humanities — 1 Course
            Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
          • Social Science — 1 Course
            Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

          A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

          Documents and Essays

          Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

          Required Documents and Essays for the DAcCHM/MScGH Program

          • Resume

            A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

          • Personal Statement

            Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

          • DAcCHM #1

            Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

          • MScGH Personal Statement

            Please share what interests you about this program, why you believe you’re a good match for the program, and what you hope to do in the future with this degree. (2000 words max, double spaced)

          Estimated Program Cost

          First-Year Tuition & Fees for DAcCHM*
          Credits 58.5
          Cost/Credit $464
          Tuition $27,144
          Fees** $1,582
          Total $28,726

          * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2022-2023 academic year.

          ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the DAcCHM program.

          The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

          Total DAcCHM Degree Credits

          • Core program credits

            256.25

          • Elective credits

            10

          • Total required credits

            266.25

            Total MScGH Degree Credits

            • Core program credits

              50

            • Elective credits

              12

            • Total required credits

              62

            • MScGH/MSIMR

              Admissions Requirements for MScGH/MSIMR

              Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

              A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

              Prerequisite Courses

              Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

              General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
              General Chemistry 2 Science-major level preferred with lab.
              Mathematics 2 Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
              English Composition 1
              Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
              • General Biology — 1 Course
                Science-major level preferred with lab.
              • General Chemistry — 2 Courses
                Science-major level preferred with lab.
              • Mathematics — 2 Courses
                Must be pre-calculus, calculus 1, or statistics.
              • English Composition — 1 Course
              • Social Science — 1 Course
                Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

              A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

              Documents and Essays

              Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

              Required Documents and Essays for the MScGH/MSIMR Program

              • Resume

                A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

              • MScGH Personal Statement

                Please share what interests you about this program, why you believe you’re a good match for the program, and what you hope to do in the future with this degree. (2000 words max, double spaced)

              • MSIMR: Background and Goals

                Please speak to your career goals, background in research or research-related interests, and what interests you about integrative medicine research. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

              Estimated Program Cost

              First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScGH*
              Credits 35
              Cost/Credit $464
              Tuition $16,240
              Fees** $550
              Total $16,790

              * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2022-2023 academic year.

              ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScGH program.

              The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

              Total MScGH Degree Credits

              • Core program credits

                50

              • Elective credits

                12

              • Total required credits

                62

                Total MSIMR Degree Credits

                • Core program credits

                  57

                • Elective credits

                  9

                • Total required credits

                  66

                • MScGH/MAc

                  Admissions Requirements for MScGH/MAc

                  Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

                  A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

                  Prerequisite Courses

                  Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

                  General Biology 1 Science-major/pre-med level preferred.
                  General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
                  Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
                  Mathematics 1 Must be statistics (preferred) or college algebra.
                  Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
                  Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
                  Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
                  • General Biology — 1 Course
                    Science-major/pre-med level preferred.
                  • General Chemistry — 1 Course
                    Science-major level preferred with lab.
                  • Physics — 1 Course
                    Must include mechanics.
                  • Mathematics — 1 Course
                    Must be statistics (preferred) or college algebra.
                  • Psychology — 1 Course
                    Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
                  • Humanities — 1 Course
                    Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
                  • Social Science — 1 Course
                    Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

                  A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

                  Documents and Essays

                  Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

                  Required Documents and Essays for the MScGH/MAc Program

                  • Resume

                    A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

                  • MScGH Personal Statement

                    Please share what interests you about this program, why you believe you’re a good match for the program, and what you hope to do in the future with this degree. (2000 words max, double spaced)

                  • Personal Statement

                    Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

                  • MAc

                    Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the MAc Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

                  Estimated Program Cost

                  First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScGH*
                  Credits 35
                  Cost/Credit $464
                  Tuition $16,240
                  Fees** $550
                  Total $16,790

                  * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2022-2023 academic year.

                  ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScGH program.

                  The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

                  Total MScGH Degree Credits

                  • Core program credits

                    50

                  • Elective credits

                    12

                  • Total required credits

                    62

                    Total MAc Degree Credits

                    • Core program credits

                      158.75

                    • Elective credits

                      0

                    • Total required credits

                      158.75

                    • MScN/MScGH

                      Admissions Requirements for MScN/MScGH

                      Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

                      A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

                      Prerequisite Courses

                      Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

                      General Biology 1 Human-related biology course required; Anatomy & Physiology strongly recommended.
                      General Chemistry 1 Biochemistry strongly recommended
                      Mathematics 1 Algebra or Statistics preferred.
                      Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
                      Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
                      • General Biology — 1 Course
                        Human-related biology course required; Anatomy & Physiology strongly recommended.
                      • General Chemistry — 1 Course
                        Biochemistry strongly recommended
                      • Mathematics — 1 Course
                        Algebra or Statistics preferred.
                      • Psychology — 1 Course
                        Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
                      • Social Science — 1 Course
                        Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

                      A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

                      Documents and Essays

                      Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

                      Required Documents and Essays for the MScN/MScGH Program

                      • Resume

                        A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

                      • MScN: Career Goals

                        Speaking to your background in nutrition, interests, and philosophy around nutrition, please share how you plan to use nutrition in your career. (maximum of 1,600 words, double spaced)

                      • MScGH Personal Statement

                        Please share what interests you about this program, why you believe you’re a good match for the program, and what you hope to do in the future with this degree. (2000 words max, double spaced)

                      Estimated Program Cost

                      First-Year Tuition & Fees for MScN*
                      Credits 32
                      Cost/Credit $464
                      Tuition $14,848
                      Fees** $1,010
                      Total $15,858

                      * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2022-2023 academic year.

                      ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MScN program.

                      The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

                      Total MScN Degree Credits

                      • Core program credits

                        50

                      • Elective credits

                        14

                      • Total required credits

                        64

                        Total MScGH Degree Credits

                        • Core program credits

                          50

                        • Elective credits

                          12

                        • Total required credits

                          62

                        • MAcCHM/MScGH

                          Admissions Requirements for MAcCHM/MScGH

                          Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university or its foreign equivalent

                          A GPA of 3.0 or higher (strongly recommended)

                          Prerequisite Courses

                          Prerequisite courses are designed to ensure entering students are academically prepared for the curriculum of the program. Prerequisite courses may be substituted with comparable coursework if the learning objectives are met at the determination of the Admissions Committee, utilizing the evaluation procedures set by that committee.

                          General Biology 1 Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
                          General Chemistry 1 Science-major level preferred with lab.
                          Physics 1 Must include mechanics.
                          Mathematics 1 Must be statistics (preferred) or college algebra.
                          Psychology 1 Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
                          Humanities 1 Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
                          Social Science 1 Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology
                          • General Biology — 1 Course
                            Science-major level preferred with lab; cellular biology recommended.
                          • General Chemistry — 1 Course
                            Science-major level preferred with lab.
                          • Physics — 1 Course
                            Must include mechanics.
                          • Mathematics — 1 Course
                            Must be statistics (preferred) or college algebra.
                          • Psychology — 1 Course
                            Any general psychology course 100-level or higher
                          • Humanities — 1 Course
                            Courses in the areas of art, religion, philosophy, literature, music, and other related fields will satisfy this requirement.
                          • Social Science — 1 Course
                            Any course from the following disciplines: psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology

                          A grade of C or better is required for all prerequisite coursework. Candidates may apply while in progress.

                          Documents and Essays

                          Applicants are required to submit essays to be considered for admission. Essays provide applicants the opportunity to share their background, abilities, interests and experiences, and how these will make them a good candidate for the programs at NUNM. Applicants should share some personal experiences and genuine thoughts in their essays. Explaining why you are applying to NUNM and how you would enrich that community is also helpful. The Admissions Committee will look for writing ability, as well as content when reading the essays.

                          Required Documents and Essays for the MAcCHM/MScGH Program

                          • Resume

                            A chronological resume of work, educational, and volunteer experience. Include work experience, internships, research, activities, publications, community service, and any honors/awards received.

                          • Personal Statement

                            Please write a 2–3 page personal statement, which should include: the development of your decision to become a naturopathic physician or CCM practitioner; recent steps taken to further explore this career path; qualities and/or attributes you might bring to NUNM that might distinguish you from other applicants. (double spaced)

                          • MAcCHM #2

                            Please discuss the specific factors that drew you to apply to the Classical Chinese Medicine program at NUNM.

                          • MScGH Personal Statement

                            Please share what interests you about this program, why you believe you’re a good match for the program, and what you hope to do in the future with this degree. (2000 words max, double spaced)

                          Estimated Program Cost

                          First-Year Tuition & Fees for MAcCHM*
                          Credits 45
                          Cost/Credit $464
                          Tuition $20,880
                          Fees** $1,582
                          Total $22,462

                          * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2022-2023 academic year.

                          ** Click the dollar amount to see an itemized list of fees for the MAcCHM program.

                          The above tuition numbers reflect only the cost of the primary program (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine). Concurrent degree plans are established individually and each term is priced accordingly. The credit hour fee is consistent across all graduate programs.

                          Total MAcCHM Degree Credits

                          • Core program credits

                            214.75

                          • Elective credits

                            6

                          • Total required credits

                            220.75

                            Total MScGH Degree Credits

                            • Core program credits

                              50

                            • Elective credits

                              12

                            • Total required credits

                              62