• The program encourages students to propose community sites, but final approval of the site and capstone project rests with the MSCM program director. Since our students are based in various cities, you might have existing connections or interests in potential sites or capstone projects in your area. If you encounter challenges in finding a suitable site or project, we are here to assist you in the process.

  • There are no prerequisite majors or courses for this program. We are looking to recruit a diverse group of students, regardless of their previous background or coursework. We are focused on admitting students who are dedicated to working in underserved or underrepresented communities. Community service is strongly encouraged.

  • The Master of Science in Community Medicine is somewhat similar to a Master of Public Health, but with distinct differences:

    • A Master of Public Health is broad, with a focus on theories. A general public health graduate degree prepares public health professionals to work in a wide range of public health and community settings, and whose general purpose is to improve health.
    • KGI’s Master of Science in Community Medicine is a focused, skills, and knowledge-based graduate degree that prepares leaders and practitioners who work in underserved and underrepresented communities. Graduates will decrease demand for medical care services by improving health and preventing disease and illness while maintaining respect for the community members’ cultural norms and health priorities.

    Read more about the differences between a MPH and MSCM.