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Elevate Your Impact: Master of Science in Global Health Program at Duke Kunshan University
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Program Features

Duke Kunshan’s Tailored Approach to Global Health Education

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Duke University
Top 10 in the US
Top 20 Worldwide

2 Campuses

3 semesters in China
1 semester in the U.S.

3 Learning Sites

China, the U.S. and funded 10-week fieldwork (Students have visited 20+ countries/areas across 6 continents)


Research Orgs, PhD, International Orgs, NGOs, Government, Health Orgs, International Pharmaceutical CO., Consulting Co., etc.

Master of Science in Global Health

The Duke Kunshan Master of Science in Global Health program was launched in August 2014. Drawing on faculty, experience, and expertise from the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), while supporting students in research around the world, the program and curriculum can be tailored to your individual interests and career goals. Each student’s path through the program will be slightly different but united by a common recognition that an interdisciplinary approach and multidisciplinary understanding are critical to solving complex global health problems.

Career Development

The Master of Science in Global Health Program at Duke Kunshan University has produced seven classes of 63 graduates, 41 of whom are from China and 22 from nine other countries, with international students accounting for about 34%.

The Graduates

Chinese Graduates


International Graduates


From 10 different countries

The multifaceted, interdisciplinary nature of the Master of Science in Global Health Program creates highly diverse and rewarding career paths.

Nearly 40% of graduates work in industry, particularly in pharmaceutical, health-care consulting and biotechnology sectors. Employers include Fortune 500 companies such as GSK, Pfizer, KPMG and IQVIA. A third of graduates work in nonprofit organizations, including universities, research institutions, public hospitals, NGOs and government agencies, primarily as project managers, researchers and data analysts. Other than seeking employment, a quarter of graduates pursue PhD programs in countries and regions including mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the United States, and Northern European countries.

Student Stories

Bring the Beauty of China Back to Kenya

“I hope I can use what I’ve learned to make a difference in my community in the near future. Issues in developing countries need to be addressed by their own professionals.”

The Road Trip to Health Never Ends

“There will always be more road ahead. I want to encourage everyone to plan your journey, set goals, look forward to the next stop, and take pit-stops when needed. Help others along the way when you can and keep in contact with the people you meet from all your life’s adventures.”​

Why I Decided to Return to School for My Master’s at 38

Meet our student Ray Wang, Class of 2023, Master of Science in Global Health Program at Duke Kunshan University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Upon completing the program, you will be awarded an official Duke University degree.

You can expect to complete the program within 1.5 to 2 years. The curriculum consists of 38 credits and necessitates a minimum of three semesters of study. The program focuses on:

– An understanding of key global health concepts and challenges

– A solid foundation in core methodologies used in global health research

– Ethics training and considerations applicable across cultures

– Core concepts to help students evaluate and understand health systems

The Master of Science in Global Health Program does not require an application fee.

Please submit your materials through the application system. For the required documents, refer to the following website:

We offer two kinds of scholarships:

  1. Merit-Based Tuition Scholarship

– All applicants are automatically considered for this scholarship.

– The admission review committee will evaluate your application materials and determine the amount of the scholarship to cover tuition.

  1. Career Development Scholarship

– This scholarship is granted to students who secure an internship with reputable organizations such as United Nations agencies (e.g., WHO), Development Banks (e.g., World Bank), international foundations, and non-governmental organizations.

– Students eligible for the Career Development Fund can receive financial support during their internship.

We have scheduled various info sessions in both English and Chinese. Please refer to this link for details.

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The MSc-GH program has been an academic pioneer at DKU since 2014. With a rich history and a diverse student body, our program stands out for its high-quality curriculum and varied extracurricular activities, fostering an excellent learning environment to propel students toward their career goals.


Ever wondered what it’s like to be a student at Duke University? Join Ema Hsiao, a dedicated MSc-GH student from DKU, as she takes you on a personal journey through her daily life at Duke. From bustling campus activities to insightful academic experiences, this video shows you student life at Duke.

3 Learning Sites

Active learning is a defining feature of our global health program. Students actively collaborate with a dedicated faculty mentor to craft an innovative research project, incorporating a minimum of 10 weeks of immersive field experience. Historically, our students have explored more than 20 countries/regions across six continents for their field studies. The primary objective of the fieldwork is to involve students in investigating global health disparities, with a specific emphasis on the impact on vulnerable groups. Additionally, this hands-on experience serves as a catalyst, inspiring the development of their master’s thesis.

Report on Graduates Career’s Development 2023

The Master of Science in Global Health Program (MSc-GH) at Duke Kunshan University (DKU) was established jointly by DKU and the Duke Global Health Institute in August 2014. The program has received approval from the Chinese Ministry of Education. Students will obtain a master’s degree from Duke University and become members of Duke’s global alumni network once they complete the two-year study and practices.

Since the establishment of the program in 2014, we have continuously improved our teaching methods and curriculum quality, striving to enhance the quality of education to meet the evolving demands of the global health field. Up till now, the program has educated 112 talented students, with 28 exceptional individuals joining our most recent entering cohort and 67 graduates. These graduates purse their careers around the world and have achieved remarkable success. They have made significant advances not only in academic research but have also demonstrated outstanding employment performance in medical institutions, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations.

Our program has continuously enhanced its education quality, meeting the evolving talent demands of the global health sector. To date, the program has cultivated seven cohorts, totaling 63 graduates. These alumni have not only made significant strides in academic research but have also demonstrated exceptional performance in various sectors, including healthcare institutions, intergovernmental organizations, and NGOs.

In 2023, our program celebrated the graduation of 12 distinguished scholars. Nine of these graduates have embarked on careers within the expansive field of health, while three have elected to further their academic pursuits by enrolling in doctoral programs. During the intensive two-year program, students immersed themselves in the forefront of global health issues, actively participating in research exploration and practice. They engaged in academic discussions, organized and attended international health forums, sparking intellectual exchanges with global professionals. Concurrently, the graduates conducted thorough field research both domestically and abroad, deepening their understanding of various regional health statuses and systems, thus establishing a robust foundation for their research and practice.

We have the utmost confidence in this group of exceptional graduates, believing they will continue to shine in the next chapters of their lives. They are poised to become distinguished representatives in the global health sector. Meanwhile, we look forward to training more talents with international perspectives and cross-cultural backgrounds, making even greater contributions to the sustainable development of global health.




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Undergraduate Universities










List of undergraduate universities:

  • University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • Fudan University
  • University of California, Irvine (UCI)
  • Macalester College
  • University of Manitoba
  • Michigan State University
  • Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
  • Soochow University
  • Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Yangzhou University
  • China Pharmaceutical University

Career development—Class of 2023





Out of the 12 graduates, 9 have chosen to enter the workforce and have been hired by internationally renowned companies and non-profit organizations. Their exceptional skills and profound understanding of the global health sector will pave the way for their future career paths and bring sustained value to the companies and non-profit organizations they join.


  • Jiahui International Hospital
  • Duke Kunshan University
  • Guotai Junan Securities
  • L’Oréal
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • Vital Strategies
  • West China Hospital, Sichuan University

Three students have chosen to further their education by pursuing a doctoral degree. These students have successfully received admission offers from top domestic and international universities, enabling them to pursue in-depth study and research in the field of health.


  • Wuhan University
  • Fudan University
  • Duke-NUS