Master of Science in Global Health – Online

The Master of Science in Global Health (MScGH) online program at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM) is a unique, hand educational opportunity for individuals passionate about addressing complex global health challenges and advancing health equity. Students gain hands-on experience through fieldwork, tackling real-world problems around the globe.

About the MScGH Program

Our MScGH program, led by NUNM’s renowned faculty, blends the principles of public health with traditional world medicine, offering a comprehensive, whole-systems approach to global health issues. The curriculum emphasizes multidisciplinary solutions, focusing on health disparities and social justice.

While the academic curriculum takes place online, international travel is an important part of your training in the MScGH program — providing you with valuable exposure to diverse healthcare systems and challenges. The program is closely aligned with the NUNM’s core programs in naturopathic and Chinese medicine, providing a global perspective on health and medicine that integrates traditional and modern approaches. Graduates are well-prepared to make a positive impact on the health and well-being of diverse populations worldwide through their work in practice, research, and policy development.

Join our MScGH program to gain the skills and knowledge needed to create meaningful solutions in the ever-evolving field of global health. 

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Yes. Most instruction happens asynchronously, allowing students to access course materials whenever they prefer. Some classes will be synchronous through virtual meetings, but schedules for these will be shared ahead of each term. This allows students to craft their schedules and manage most coursework independently.
Yes. Whether in Portland or nearby, students can join the online or in-person MScGH program. While the structured in-person program suits those who thrive in that setting, the online program offers flexibility. Students in the Portland metro area who are enrolled in the online program can also take in-person elective courses on campus if they prefer.
No, as a private, non-state institution, tuition is the same for residents and non-residents.

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Faculty Highlight

Madeleine "Abena" Tuson-Turner

Madeleine "Abena" Tuson-Turner, ND, MSIMR, MScGH

Dr. Tuson-Turner is a licensed naturopathic physician and pelvic floor therapist in Oregon. Following undergraduate training in medical anthropology, Dr. Tuson-Turner completed masters’ degrees in integrative medicine research and global health, a certificate in natural childbirth, and a doctorate in naturopathic medicine. She is adjunct faculty at NUNM where she teaches courses in the Naturopathic, Global Health and Integrative Medicine Research departments.

Out of a desire to create equitable sustainable development alongside cooperative global health educational opportunities, Dr. Tuson-Turner has lived and worked in Ghana, West Africa, part-time since 2009. She has worked with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health to learn about cultural perspectives on health and healing. Additionally, she conducted her master’s thesis, a mixed-methods research study which she designed and piloted, on maternal experience of childbirth in Ghana. Her research examined factors that influence a woman’s perception of her medical care and its relationship to her utilization of integrative therapies. Her current research interests include the ethics of global educational engagement, women’s health, reproductive health justice, and integrative medicine. She is a recipient of the Globe Trotter Award from NUNM for her dedication and work establishing relationships and creating lasting partnerships in the field of global health.

Dr. Tuson-Turner currently practices primary family care medicine at the Lake Oswego Health Center. Additionally, she has special interest and training in regenerative injection and IV therapies, physical medicine, sexual and reproductive health, hormone management, and dermatology.

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    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 $504
    Tuition $17,640
    Fees** $550
    Total $18,190

    * The prices listed above reflect an estimate based on the 2023-2024 academic year.

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

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