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Ohio University Majors

Global Health Certificate Program

Program Overview

The global health certificate program encourages an understanding of the complex nature of health in resource-poor settings and the ability to access information concerning specific topics on global health. In line with the shift in global health policy in the U.S. and elsewhere, instruction takes a broad-based approach, focusing on determinants of health, access to health and healthcare, and primary care and interdisciplinary team-based models of sustainable healthcare, as opposed to disease-specific approaches.  A blended approach of online, hands on, and lab-based coursework is used to deliver content.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Major/Minor/Certificate Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements. Interested students are asked to set an appointment with Debra McBride, mcbrided@ohio.edu, prior to enrolling in the certificate.  Students interested in pursuing the certificate can complete the standard form to declare a major, minor, or certificate program through their college's student services office. All degree-seeking undergraduates may enroll in the certificate program by completing the appropriate forms to do so.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Recent pandemics (HIV, SARS, avian influenza) have shown us that health has become increasingly globalized. The increasing number of immigrants to the U.S. and U.S. travelers going abroad have, in part, contributed to the global nature of health and disease. This certificate program prepares those in the healthcare professions (i.e., nursing, medicine, public health, child life, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy). to deal with cross-cultural interactions, tropical disease, emerging global infections, and multiple determinants of health within their chosen professions. The certificate also prepares students in a variety of majors to work on global health problems involving underserved populations within governmental and nongovermental agencies.

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic catalog

Program Details



College of Health Sciences and Professions 
Interdisciplinary Health Studies, Department of
Grover Center E118
Athens, OH 45701
Phone:  740.593.2359

Administrative Contact

Debra McBride, contact person, mcbrided@ohio.edu

Request Info

Please request application information regarding admission as a student using the form below.


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