INMED Academic

Master's in International Health

This 32-credit hour graduate program is designed for healthcare professionals and healthcare profession students to lead comprehensive disease intervention and health promotion efforts in low-resource and cross-cultural communities. Three specialty tracks are available: International Medicine, International Nursing, and International Public Health.

MIH learners acquire advanced academic expertise and field experience in epidemiology, diseases of poverty, maternal newborn health, international public health, cross-cultural skills, disaster management, health leadership, healthcare education, research, and quality improvement. View the information below regarding Cost, Educational Components, International Training Sites, and MIH FAQs. Sample the MIH learning experience with this 15-minutes Free Demo Online Course.


Competency Objectives

At the completion of MIH, graduates will demonstrate through case studies, simulation, and actual professional practice ADVANCED:

  • Application of epidemiological principles
  • Management and prevention of the leading diseases of poverty
  • Care for the health of pregnant women and newborns
  • Proficiency in clinical skills useful in low-resource settings
  • Skill in community-wide health promotion and death/disability prevention
  • Culturally appropriate healthcare
  • Proficiency in disaster mitigation and response
  • Design and implementation of team-lead healthcare interventions
  • Transfer of healthcare skills to other personnel
  • Research methodologies, interpretation, and quality improvement
Application Requirements

Application for the INMED Master’s Degree in International Health (MIH) is open to those who have completed a baccalaureate degree. The MIH is especially useful for healthcare professionals and healthcare profession students, including physicians, dentists, physician assistants, pharmacists, resident physicians, nurses, including advanced practice nurses, dietitians, healthcare administrators, midwives, physical & occupational therapists, public health specialists, and students of all these professions.

Admission Qualifications:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Curricula Vitae
  • Letter of Recommendation from a faculty or supervisor
  • Ability to read and write fluently in English. Students who self-identify as non-native English speakers will be required to submit, to INMED, either a TOEFL iBT® or MyBest® minimum score of 80 or an IELTS Band Score of 6.5 or higher. Admission will not be granted until after the test results are received.
  • Submission of any undergraduate or graduate school diplomas already granted
  • Submission of any professional certifications already granted
  • Academic transcripts (for those whose undergraduate or graduate education is still in process)
  • Applicants in a healthcare field which requires a license to practice must submit an active license

Additionally, be prepared at the time of application to supply the following:

  • A personal headshot photograph
  • $100 application fee

Letter of Recommendation Details:

INMED requires a letter of recommendation from a professional colleague or from a faculty who has experience with the applicant. The letter of recommendation should include:

  • Description of relationship with the applicant
  • Reasons why the applicant should be considered for an INMED Master’s Degree in International Health
  • Estimation the applicant’s ability to take advantage of vigorous academic learning
  • Any reservations about the applicant’s ability to adapt and perform well in the context of an international service-learning experience

All prospective learners are advised to read through the Master’s Degree FAQ page in its entirety prior to submitting an application. For questions, please email: [email protected].


INMED is committed to quality, affordable education. Consistent with this value, many INMED faculty volunteer their service. Participants in the INMED Master’s Degree in International Health are ultimately responsible for all associated expenses. The following fees are those that are paid directly to INMED for participation in the program. 

Cost Per Credit Hour

Tuition per credit hour: $295. No additional fees are added.

Cost Elements

  • Master’s degree in International Health Application Fee: $100. All payments made to INMED must be in US dollars.
  • Epidemiology Course – 6 Credit Hours: $1,770.
  • Graduate Certificate Course in International Medicine, International Nursing, or International Public Health – 10 Credit Hours: $2,950.
  • Elective Courses – 6 Credit Hours: $1,770.
  • International Service-Learning – 5 Credit Hours: $1,475.
    • This tuition includes the cost of one’s international medical liability insurance policy (that protect learners from healthcare litigation abroad), the cost of an international travel and evacuation insurance policy (for personal health crises), and for the uniquely challenging logistics of arranging of international service-learning in low-resource communities.
    • Other expenses associated with the International Service-Learning experience are the responsibility of the learner. These normally include airfare, passport, visa, vaccinations, and housing and meals at the international site.
  • Tuition for the Scholarly Project – 5 Credit Hours: $1,475.
    • Included is faculty supervision and defense of the scholarly project before a jury of INMED faculty.

Credit for Prior Study at INMED

For students who have completed an INMED course within 4 years prior to MIH application, credit for previous courework will be applied. Payment of the difference in tuition is required. This accounts for the difference between the non-master’s rate paid and the current master’s tuition rate.

Those completing the Graduate Certificate Courses in International Medicine, Nursing and/or Public Health after to June 12, 2020 will be granted Master’s credit following payment of  $1,550.

Those completing an INMED International Service-Learning experience after June 12, 2020 will be granted Master’s credit following payment of $675.

Cost Summary

Application fee: $100

32-credit hour tuition at $295/credit hour: $9,440. No additional fees are added.

Notes: Service-Learning travel expenses are not included. Tuition and fees are subject to change

Cost Comparisons

For cost comparisons, the following was compiled by BMJ (British Medical Journal) Global Health in 2020 for average tuition for global health master’s degrees:

  • USA: US$67,461 for domestic, US$68,724 for international students in USA
  • UK: US$14,104 for domestic, US$25,468 for international students in UK.
  • Nordic countries (i.e., Sweden and Norway), US$0 for domestic students, US$34,354 for international students in Nordic countries.
  • Africa Rwanda: US$54,000.
  • Asia: US$17,500.

*Svadzian A, Vasquez NA, Aimbola S, et al. Global health degrees: at what cost? BMJ Global Health 2020.

Evaluation & Certification


Successful completion of the MIH Degree requires:

  • Earn ≥80% in all course work.
  • Earn an accumulative grade of ≥80% in the program.
  • Earn a “Passing” grade for the skills lab, simulations, and service-learning rotation.
  • Earn a “Passing” grade in the scholarly project.


Participants who complete the course of study and achieve the competency objectives will be granted the non-accredited Master’s Degree in International Health (MIH). Verification of the educational experience will be provided to any learner’s affiliated institution. Graduates are entitled to include with their name and signature the initials MIH.

Continuing Education

Institute for International Medicine is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians. CME credit for the INMED Master’s Degree in International Health is attained through satisfactory completion of CME-accredited courses. Please refer to the particular courses for specific CME accreditation information. Note: CME is not required for students or resident physicians.

Career Prospects

Graduates of MIH will be prepared for responsibilities in patient care, research, teaching and leadership on behalf of:

  • International government agencies (such as United Nations & World Health Organization)
  • National government agencies (like the Center for Disease Control & Prevention)
  • Global charitable foundations (like Howard Hughes Medical Institute)
  • Faith-based charitable groups (like Samaritan’s Purse)
  • Universities and research institutions (such as Baylor University and Pasteur Institute)
  • Banking and industry (like the Africa Development Bank)
  • Disaster relief and refugee care organizations (like UNHCR)

The Institute for International Medicine has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.). Candidacy for Accreditation is a status of affiliation with the Commission which indicates that the institution has achieved initial recognition and is progressing toward accreditation.

Candidacy is not accreditation nor does it assure eventual accreditation.

Inquiries regarding the status of an institution affiliated with the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the college or university. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514 (781) 425 7785
E-Mail: [email protected]


Physicians: Institute for International Medicine is accredited by the Missouri State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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The Institute for International Medicine is certified by the State of Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education.

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Institute for International Medicine programs and courses are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for International Health Education (ACIHE), functioning in accordance with the ACIHE Accreditation Standards for International Healthcare Education.

Educational Components

Participants in the INMED Master’s in International Health will achieve the competency objectives through the following education components. This master’s level of study is a two year program.

Download the Syllabus for the INMED Master’s Degree in International Health.

View International Service-Learning Course Syllabus.

Graduate Certificate Course (10 Credit Hours)

Each INMED Master’s Degree in International Health learner must successfully complete the specialty track course most closely corresponding to their profession:

Each specialty track course combines eight weeks of active online learning and weekly required virtual-classroom skills with comprehensive final examinations.

Credit for Prior Study

Learners who have already completed the INMED Graduate Certificate Course in International Medicine and Public Health, International Nursing and Public Health, or International Public Health, within four calendar years prior to their MIH application date can have it credited towards MIH requirements. 

Those who completed one of these Graduate Certificate Courses prior to June 12, 2020 will be credited following payment of  $1,550. This accounts for the difference between the original tuition paid and the current full tuition for the Graduate Certificate Course. Those completing one of these Graduate Certificate Courses after June 12, 2020 will be credited following payment of  $1,475. This accounts for the difference between the discounted tuition paid and the current full tuition for the Graduate Certificate Course.

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Epidemiology (6 Credit Hours)

Each INMED Master’s Degree in International Health learner must successfully complete the Epidemiology Course, an eight week online learning and weekly virtual-classroom, which examines introduction to epidemiology, measuring health and disease, epidemiology studies, basic biostatistical concepts, causation in epidemiology, epidemiology of non-communicable diseases, epidemiology of communicable diseases, clinical epidemiology, environmental and occupational epidemiology, and health policy and planning. This ten-week certificate course is built around entirely on-line learning, learner collaboration, project completion, and examinations.

Transfer of Credit

Applicants who have completed an epidemiology course within calendar four years prior to MIH application may submit the course syllabus and grade transcript to the Office of Admissions (prior to application) or to the Office of Academic Affairs (after acceptance). INMED will consider these for credit towards MIH requirements (Max of 6 credit hours for transfer). If transfer credit is accepted, the payment of Epidemiology course tuition will be waived.

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Elective Courses (6 Total Credit Hours)

MIH learners will complement and focus their educational experience by selecting for elective credit from INMED relevant to their career aspirations. Some courses, such as Emergency Pandemic Control, are eight weeks of active online learning and virtual-classroom, while others, including Ultrasound for Primary Care, have both a five-hour self-paced online section and one-day in-person section. MIH elective credits must total at least 6 credit hours. Pleases visit Academic Credit Courses current listing of course options and the Academic Calendar for offering dates.

3 Credit Hour Elective Academic Courses

  • Emergency Pandemic Control Course: $885
  • Healthcare for Marginalized Americans Course: $885
  • Healthcare Leadership & Management Course: $885
  • International Health Professions Education Course: $885
  • International Healthcare Ethics Course: $885
  • International Refugee Care Course: $885
  • Self-Care for the Health Professional Course: $885

1 Credit Hour Elective Academic Courses

  • Professional Qualification in Helping Babies Breathe (HBB): $445
  • Professional Qualification in Essential Care for Every Baby and Small Babies: $295
  • Professional Qualification in Helping Mothers Survive: $295
  • Professional Qualification in Hands-On Skills for Low-Resource Healthcare: $295
  • Professional Qualification in Obstetrics Ultrasound: $495
  • Professional Qualification in Ultrasound for Primary Care (US): $395
Academic Calendar

Service-Learning (5 Credit Hours)

Following completion of the specialty track Course, learners may advance to the international service-learning. This four-week experience* consists of pre-departure preparation, service at an INMED Service-Learning Site or approved equivalent site, and post-experience debriefing and reflective essay. Learners may select from among forty Training Sites in twenty-five nations to choose one most in sync with the learner’s career interests. On location, learners will be supervised by INMED faculty, and responsibilities may include public health analysis, public health research, health system administration, medical and nursing education, and patient care.

*International Service-Learning is ideally at least four weeks in duration at an INMED service-learning site. However, INMED realizes that some learners have professional commitments that preclude them from being absent for four weeks or that they have received excellent international medicine, nursing, and public health service-learning experiences provided by other institutions. Therefore, INMED offers alternate service-learning tracks to learners. For more information, please contact the Office of International Service-Learning.

Credit for Prior Study

Participants who have already completed an INMED International Service-Learning experience – as part of a Graduate Diploma program – within four calendar years prior to their MIH application date will be credited towards MIH requirements. 

Those who completed an INMED International Service-Learning experience prior to their MIH application will be credited following payment of $625. This accounts for the difference between the original tuition paid and the current full tuition for the MIH International Service-Learning experience.

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Scholarly Project (5 Credit Hours)

The Scholarly Project is the capstone of the Master’s Degree in International Health. Learners will select, design, and develop a scholarly project relevant to their career interests. An INMED faculty will be assigned to assist with each step of the process, guiding the learner through project completion within six months after registering. Scholarly projects may include any one of the following three types:

Registration for the Scholarly Project need not be confined to the beginning of a Term. The project must be complete within six months of registering for the course. Upon completion, learners will present their scholarly project before a quorum of INMED faculty, who may inquire regarding any component of the project or of the MIH educational experience. Satisfactory completion of the Scholarly Project earns 5 credit hours.

Example MIH Scholarly Projects

Literature Review

Polypill: Can Mass-Prevention without Precision Promote Cardiovascular Health? by James Beckerman

The Plight of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon by Diane Rhoden

Teaching Ultrasound in Resource-Limited Settings by Burton Adrian

Impact of Global Health Outreach Experiences on Medical Student Empathy and Burnout by Mark Wardle

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Graduate Outcomes and Student Success

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