The Graduate Certificate in Global Health, offered by the Global Health Institute, is designed to equip graduate students with the basic skills necessary to function effectively in global health practice. Recognizing the critical role of multi-disciplinary education in global health, electives and internships will be expected by student involvement with various other colleges and schools of the university.

The Global Health Certificate draws from competencies and learning objectives reflected by 11 broad domains of global health developed by the Consortium of University for Global Health’s (CUGH) Education Committee. These broad domains include global burden of disease, social and environmental determinants, economic development, global health policies, health systems capacity strengthening, ethics, health equity, professional practice, strategic analysis, collaboration and communication.

You can find the full list of competencies and learning outcomes here.

How to Apply
Application Materials:

The graduate certificate takes applications on a rolling admissions basis.   Students should apply early in their program in order to work out an approved program of study.

  1. Admissions Essay:
    Describe your career goals as you currently envision them.  Explain the specific area you would like to focus on such as infectious diseases, chronic diseases, mental health, maternal and child health, refugee or special population health or any other.  If you have an idea of where you would like to intern, please also include that in your statement. (500 words)
  2. Résumé
  3. Global Health Certificate Application:
    Complete and submit this online form. Remember to upload PDF versions of your admissions essay and current résumé.
Admissions Contact:

Heather McEachern
College of Public Health
105D Rhodes Hall, Health Sciences Campus
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Required Courses (3 hours)

GLOB 7100 – Foundations in Global Health

Electives (9-12 hours)

Students will select at least 3 elective courses from across Departments and Institutes in the College of Public Health and only one course outside of the college. When choosing elective courses, students should endeavor to cater their course material towards global health topics.
Note:  Courses offered may vary from year to year.

Public Health Electives

GLOB 8500 – Global Health Systems
GLOB 8910 – Research in Global Health
GLOB 8900 – Special Topics in Global Health
DMAN 7400 – Public Health Consequences of Disaster
EHSC 7080 – Advanced Air Quality
EHSC 7310 – Public Health Microbiology
EHSC 7410 – Global Environmental Health: Focus on Developing Countries
EPID 7020 – Epidemiology II
EPID 8500 – Infectious Disease Epidemiology
EPID 8550– HIV/AIDS: Global Perspectives
HPAM 8410 – Health Informatics
HPAM 8800 – Leadership in Public Health
HPAM 8820 – Global Health Policy
HPRB 7480 – Global Health Promotion
HPRB 7990 – Diversity and Social Justice in Public Health

Study Abroad Electives                                     

EHSC 7950S (Croatia) – Integrative Global Environmental and Public Health Issues
HPRB 7500 (Japan) – Community Health Promotion
HPRB 8050 (Japan) – Advanced service learning in health promotion: aging
FDNS 7710S/6580 (Ghana) – Food and Nutrition

Elective Courses Outside of CPH                                                                       

JRMC 7355 – Health and Medical Journalism
INTL 8205 – Decision Making in International Relations
INTL 8210 – International Organization
FDNS 7040 – Nutritional Epidemiology

Experiential Learning (3-6 hours)

Experiential learning is the expression of “learning by doing” to gain hands-on experience. The requirement for experiential learning may be met in two ways: 1) mentored research relating to global health with faculty in the college of public health or 2) undertake an internship at an approved local or international site.   Three hours are required, but an additional three hours may be used as an elective course.

Students in the MPH program wanting to complete an internship for PBHL 7560 and the global health internship at the same site will have to work with MPH Placement Coordinator to see if the student’s placement may be able to accommodate requirements for both. Any agreements that cover both internships should include separate deliverables and clearly documented time of the student’s specific work for the MPH internship and the Global Health internship.

GLOB 8910 – Global Health Research

GLOB 7760 – Global Health Internship (Local or International)

SABD 7760 – Global Health Internship (International)


Create Your Plan of Study
Completing the Certificate

Once all global health certificate course requirements are complete, students must submit their Final Plan of Study and apply to graduate in Athena.  Please follow the steps below to complete this process so that credit for the certificate is applied to your UGA transcript.  Graduate students may do this prior to completing a graduate degree from the university.  The certificate is a stand-alone certification and can be awarded once all requirements are met.

  1. Complete and email the Final Plan of Study to for signatures.
  2. Apply to graduate in Athena Candidates for completion of the certificate must apply to graduate using the graduation application available in Athena by the withdrawal deadline of the semester in which they intend to graduate. Detailed instructions on how to apply to graduate can be found here on the UGA Office of the Registrar website.