Advances in science and technology are resulting in globalization or the interconnectedness and interdependence of peoples worldwide. As a result, populations have experienced significant changes in patterns of infectious and chronic disease, as well as an increase in antimicrobial resistance. The emerging field of global health is dedicated to improving health and achieving equity in health for all people, worldwide, and encompasses an approach and unique toolset to work collaboratively across cultures and disciplines.

The Master of Science in Global Health and the Graduate Certificate in Global Health are new programs initiated by the Institute for Global Health at Michigan State University (MSU). While the program is located within the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the faculty and courses represent many different colleges and disciplines within the university, such as Veterinary Medicine, Human Medicine, Social Science, Arts and Letters, as well as non-governmental organizations and other agencies with a focus on global health. A key feature of the program is the multi-disciplinary faculty and student body, focusing on the inter-relatedness and importance of human, animal and environmental health summarized in the concept of One Health.

Michigan State University has had a long history of advancing the common good since its inception as the first land-grant college in 1862. Since that time, MSU has matured into a world-grant institution, and is currently home to over 6,000 international students and scholars from 140 countries. I welcome you to join us in Advancing the Common Good with Uncommon Will through one of our Global Health programs!

Rebecca A. Malouin, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.