About the Global Public Health CertificatePublic Health is Global


The Graduate Certificate in Global Public Health includes 15 credit hours of course work and a required international public health experience and may be taken independently or combined with an MPH.  Offered in both online and on campus formats.  Specific competencies related to global health addressed by the certificate include the ability to:

  1. Understand contemporary global health issues, programs, best practices, and stakeholders and constituents.
  2. Identify individual, organizational and community concerns, assets, resources, and deficits for community-based global health interventions
  3. Extend cultural competency and skills to global and diverse settings related to populations such as refugees, immigrants, and migrant workers.
  4. Articulate the importance of diversity and cultural competency in the development and implementation of public health interventions in domestic and international settings.
  5. Learn how to design and evaluate a public health program in developing countries.

International Experience Requirement Details

Below are the criteria to meet the international experience requirement.  Applicants to the program should complete and upload the International Experience form to their program application.  Current students should complete the personal essay prior to completion of the certificate program.

  • It must be at least two weeks MPH faculty led OR at least four weeks with a specific focus on public health.
  • It must occur in a country other than your home country.
  • International MPH students may submit their U.S. based MPH field placement as their international experience if it is community based.
  • It must be public health related.
  • It must be supervised by a public health professional.
  • It must be linked to a registered institution or organization in the country it occurs.
  • Must meet certificate core competency requirements.
  • Include the Global Public Health International Experience form when applying:
    • International Experience Details
    • Reflective Diary OR Reflective Questions
    • Essay

Opportunity to Transition to the MPH Program

In order to be recommended for admission into the Master of Public Health Program, students must earn a B or better in each Graduate Certificate course. Course credits earned for the Graduate Certificate will be credited toward the Master of Public Health degree in the event that a student successfully completes the Certificate and decides to continue into the Master of Public Health Program.

Students who do not earn a B or better in each Graduate Certificate course may still submit a full application to the Master of Public Health Program. To be awarded the Certificate, a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on all course work that applies to the Certificate program is required.

Helpful Links

Download a Brochure: About the GPH Certificate  & Online GPH Certificate Program