Master's in Global Child Health Admissions

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Applications are open between August 15 and December 1. The program begins the following July.

Currently, the program can only accept applications from Tennessee residents and international (non-US) residents. 

Applications are now closed.

How to Apply

Submit an online application and additional supplemental materials, including:

  • a curriculum vitae describing in full detail and chronological order your academic background, including degrees, work experience, awards, publications, presentations and other achievements
  • three-page (single spaced, 11- or 12-point font) personal statement outlining:
    • your personal motivation for pursuing the MS in Global Child Health, how your past experiences and training have contributed to your interests
    • what differentiates you as an applicant: your strengths, areas to improve, research interests, academic interests, professional interests and leadership potential
    • describe a child health issue that you find most pressing. How do you think this program will complement your professional experience and personal interests in addressing this issue?   
    • your professional goals upon completion of the program and why the MS in Global Child Health, at this point in your career, is the best way to attain those goals
  • unofficial transcripts, copies of academic records, and degrees or diplomas from all post-secondary schools attended. These must be submitted via the online application. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified word-by-word, English translation and uploaded online during the application process.

Please note: Official transcripts (or notarized copies of official transcripts) of academic records will be required for admitted candidates upon matriculation; these must be sent directly from the institution’s registrar’s office to the registrar of the Graduate School.

  • letters of reference from a minimum of three mentors, professors or supervisors. The application system will notify the recommenders that you have submitted this request and will provide them with a link through which they can upload the recommendation directly to your application.   The letters must be submitted directly via the online application system and should describe your academic successes, professional background, potential for achievement at the graduate level, capacity for creative, self-directed study, and aptitude for leadership.
    • Applicants may only request one letter of recommendation from a St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital faculty member. The other letters must come from external recommenders.
  • Applicants that are non-native speakers of English may be required to take an English proficiency examination (TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo English Test). English language proficiency will be evaluated as part of the interview.  After the interview, should the Admissions Committee determine it necessary, an applicant may be required to take an English proficiency examination.  Applicants that have completed any post-secondary studies in English will be exempted from English-language testing.
  • Results that are no more than three (3) years old from the TOEFL, IELTS or the Duolingo English Test will be valid. Those asked to take an English proficiency examination will be required to score a 70 or higher on the TOEFL, a 6 or higher on the IELTS, or a 90 or higher on the Duolingo English Test.  Applicants who are asked to take an English proficiency exam can choose any of the three exams.

Applications that are incomplete or missing supporting documents will not be considered.

For questions, please contact Julie Laveglia

Approximate Admissions Timeline

Dates Admission Process

August 15

Application period opens

December 1, 11:59 p.m. PST 

Applications must be submitted with all supporting materials

January 31

Review of applications completed by Admissions Committee

February 1-28

Candidate interviews conducted online

Early March

Accepted candidates notified 


Applicants must have one of the following combinations of academic credentials and work experience:

  • an advanced degree in a health-related field and at least three years of relevant work experience
  • bachelor’s degree and at least five years of relevant post-baccalaureate work experience in a relevant health-related field (eg. epidemiology, global health, health and social behavior, health management or health policy).

Degrees must be awarded from an accredited institution from the U.S. or abroad.

Environment of Equal Opportunity

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences encourages diversity on campus and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran’s status, disabled veteran’s status or any other status protected by federal or Tennessee state law. The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School is committed to creating an inclusive learning environment that provides cultural and ethnic diversity. Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply to the program.