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Graduate Global Health Certificate

The Global Health Graduate Certificate Program is a 19 credit hour program that offers a unique interprofessional opportunity for graduate students interested in gaining a global perspective on healthcare through coursework and a two-week capstone/ field experience.

Recent pandemics (HIV, SARS, avian influenza) are just one indicator of the increasingly globalized nature of health and healthcare. Demand for global health education and experience has increased as governmental and non-governmental agencies call for global health personnel. Professionals trained to address underserved populations are especially needed. Increased migration and disease proliferation require that healthcare providers, at home and abroad, become comfortable with different cultures, global health issues and diseases.

The Global Health Certificate will help you:

  • Gain an understanding of the factors that influence health globally
  • Learn the value to your future career of understanding global health
  • Gain hands-on experiences grounded in the ethical, practical and multicultural aspects of global health
  • Learn about interprofessional global health related needs and opportunities

Course Work

All core courses, as well as many electives, are offered online, making them more accessible and easier to fit in your busy life. 

*After applying for the certificate, you can register for these Athens online courses through MyOHIO, register for classes.

Core Courses

  1. Fundamentals of Global Health (IHS 5210):  This course introduces you to the main concepts of the global health field and the critical links between global health and social and economic development. You will get an overview of the determinants of health and how health status is measured. The course also reviews the burden of disease, risk factors, and key measures to address the burden of disease in cost-effective ways. Throughout the course, you will be encouraged to analyze and synthesize course material through written assignments and discussion boards.

  2. Select one of the following:

    1. Global Health Programming (HLTH 5120):  Addresses diverse and rapidly changing health problems in underdeveloped and industrialized countries while exploring roles of health professionals. Surveys program interventions and solutions that are available or under development.

    2. Global Health Research and Service (IHS 5521):  The Research and Service course aims to improve students' understanding of the key strategies for working in the global health research and services field.  To achieve this goal, the course utilizes the basic strategies for grant writing as a tool for effective and impactful program design and delivery. The course also introduces the learner to ethical issues and logistical factors that need to be taken into consideration when working with vulnerable populations and in resource-poor communities and how to address them in project delivery.

  3. Comparative Health Systems (IHS 5222):  Using a case-based approach, students gain an overview of health systems, global agencies that set priorities and the impact on health outcomes. Provides students with a greater understanding of how healthcare systems operate to meet local needs as well as the interdependence of systems within regions and globally. Students gain an understanding of the components of a healthcare system, the integration of those components, theories behind different systems, how to evaluate system outcomes and how systems differ in countries around the world.

Elective Courses

Two elective courses from the  approved list  are required.

Students are encouraged to select electives that fit within their majors. Other courses that fit the elective description may be negotiated with the director of the certificate program.

Global Health Capstone Experience

(IHS 5931 and IHS 5932):  The capstone experience (two weeks or 80 hours) is a service, clinical or research project integrating aspects of global health that impact developing country populations. It combines fieldwork with theoretical knowledge and analytical skills gained through coursework. You are encouraged to pursue a project in your discipline of interest. You will first complete a series of modules that walk you through your proposal development and completion of required paper (IHS 5931).


To Apply

  1. Complete the  Global Health Certificate Application  
  2. You will be asked to upload your most recent OHIO DARS or other institution transcript and provide a Statement of Purpose.
  3. Interview with the global health office.
  4. Upon acceptance,­ the gobal health office will complete the "Application for Update of Academic Programs" and submit to CHSP student services.
  5. The global health office will track completion of the certificate requirements.

For additional information, contact:

Gillian Ice, PhD, MPH
Director, Global Health Initiative
Grover Center E118
Athens, OH­ 45701
740.593.2128