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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health (GISGH)?
The Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Global Health (GISGH) is a university-wide program that offers current OSU graduate and professional students advanced educational opportunities in the field of global health. The goal of the GISGH is to help prepare graduates to be active participants in the advancement of global health through academic enrichment, service-learning, and research pertaining to issues of global health.

Who is eligible to enroll in the program?
OSU students currently enrolled in a graduate or professional program.

What are the requirements to complete the GISGH?
Students must complete at least 4 courses and a minimum of 10 credit hours outside of their home college.  For example, Public Health students cannot count Public Health courses towards their 10 hour requirement.

Two of the required credit hours must come from the Public Health 6000 Introduction to Global Health course. All students in the GISGH are required to take this class.  It is recommended that you take this course first but it is not mandatory that you do so.

Are there any college-specific requirements?
Yes, students should refer to the Discipline-Specific Courses and Discipline-Specific Field Experience pages to see the requirements of their college.  For example, students from the colleges of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine are required to complete a field experience in addition to the other requirements for the GISGH.

Is there a deadline to enroll?

The Center accepts enrollment forms all year round but check with you college to see if they have any deadlines.  Each enrollment form must be signed by the student’s advisor.

*The GISGH advisor for all medical students is John Davis, MD.

How do I know which classes count towards the GISGH designation?
They are listed on the web site under Master List of Courses.

How long do I have to complete the GISGH program?
You must complete the program by the time you complete your major program.  That time varies depending on your program.

If I start taking a course but decide it is too much in conjunction with my major program is there any penalty for dropping it?
No, there is no penalty if you decide to drop a course or to discontinue the GISGH program.

Will I be able to fit the coursework in around my major program?
You should be able to but one of the reasons that your advisor must sign off on your enrollment form is so that they can see what you are proposing and advise you if they think it will work with your schedule or not.

Can I count a class towards the GISGH if it also counts towards my major program?
Yes, as long as the course if from outside your home college you may count it more than once.