Types of Coursework
The Master’s in Global Child Health integrates online study (credit-bearing), on-site programming (non-credit, required courses) and a culminating master’s thesis.
Each 15- to 16-week online course requires:
- Two weekly sessions of direct instruction (maximum three hours per week)
- Out-of-class preparation (estimated at six hours per week)
Assignments are posted online, and you complete and upload assignments to the course website within a stipulated time. Some courses may include group activities and team projects to foster a sense of community and collaboration. Instructors are available to help you during office hours and by appointment. You are able to communicate with instructors a variety of ways, with email and occasional video chats the main method of communication.
Non-Credit Courses: Required On-site Programming
You have mandatory non-credit workshops and seminars during your on-campus visits to the St. Jude Graduate School. Orientation and visits during winter and summer intersessions focus on:
- Learning Online: This includes components of online learning, analysis of different types of learning environments and assisting the students plan for a personal learning environment. It also helps identify areas of personal adjustment and time management required for success in online learning.
- Leadership and Management: Learn about addressing issues related to self-mastery, team building, organizational and systems-level leadership, and conflict management.
- Communication: Focus on public speaking, persuasive presentations and effective writing, including basic principles of effective prose and argument in advocacy, opinion pieces and policy writing.
- Ethics in Global Health: This includes presentations on ethical principles of scientific research, clinical care and global health.
The thesis seminar (Year 2, summer and winter intersessions) supports you in producing a thesis of high academic standard, guiding through structured and collaborative approaches to develop a project idea.
You are introduced to the challenges of writing and presenting a thesis. Resources are provided to support you through the process. The thesis seminar also helps you learn to review scientific literature, collaborate with diverse stakeholders, design action plans, develop proposals and write a final thesis.
The thesis is the culmination of studies and the primary locus for translation of knowledge and skills that you have acquired through the program. A selection of theses is considered for funding by the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, after successful degree completion. You are assigned a thesis adviser to provide supportive supervision.
Theses consist of a project proposal addressing a global child health issue and a personal journey statement. The project proposal includes:
- Measurable results expected to make positive change
Impact may be achieved through direct action to improve outcomes in populations and organizations or the creation of significant translational action that has potential to influence the change. This includes creating, implementing or evaluating a child health initiative; managing and enhancing existing initiatives; developing an organization’s strategy or policy initiatives; or conducting relevant applied research in select locations.
Your personal journey statement allows you to reflect on personal growth and development that has occurred throughout the program.
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