The Global Health Undergraduate Certificate, offered by the College’s Global Health Institute, provides students with a better understanding of the concept of “global health” and how by its nature, holds significant health implications for all individuals. Students enrolled in the certificate will increase their understanding of the global nature and scope of health issues today, examine multi-disciplinary approaches to solving global health problems, and build a foundation of knowledge that will serve to advocate for and promote solutions to global health problems.

The experiential learning options provided through the certificate program include opportunities to work with UGA faculty members to tackle research that addresses pressing global health issues, such as HIV, TB, and maternal and child health. The program links students with experiential learning opportunities in the laboratories of global health researchers and through mentored field experiences in the U.S. and abroad.

Courses (18 Total Hours)

  • How to Apply

    The Global Health Institute requires an application, essay, and résumé for admission into the undergraduate certificate program.

    Prerequisites:

    A student may apply to the global health certificate if they have a minimum 3.00 GPA.

    Application Materials:
    1. Admissions Essay:
      Describe your career goals as you currently envision them.  What is your interest in global health?  Be sure to consider how this certificate fits with your goals. Suggestions to consider include volunteer experience, work experience, personal experience, or relevant coursework or international travel that sparked your interest in global health.
    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
    ghcertif@uga.edu
    706-542-3187

  • Required Courses (9 Hours)

    GLOB 3100 or GLOB 3100E – Introduction to Global Health (offered Fall and Spring)
    GLOB 3150 – Cultural Awareness and Competency in Global Health (offered Fall and Spring)
    GLOB 3200 or GLOB 3200S – Global Health and the Links Among Food, Culture and Disease (offered Fall and Spring)

  • Electives (6 Hours)

    Choose two courses from the following list of electives (6 hours):

    Please note, 1) no more than 3 hours will be accepted from non-public health electives, and 2) no more than 3-4 credits will be allowed for elective courses below 3000 level. Also, experiential learning related to global health (i.e. research or internship work) can be counted for credit towards an elective upon approval of the Global Health Institute.

  • Experiential Learning (3 Hours)

    Experiential learning is the expression of “learning by doing.” Students will engage in mentored research or internships to gain hands-on experience. Students may choose from one of the following opportunities to satisfy the experiential learning requirement:

    1. Local Internship with institutions working in global health.
    2. International Internship working in global health at an approved international site. Approval of domestic or foreign internship sites will be granted by the Director of the Global Health Institute or the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.
    3. Research with a faculty member working on a global health issue in the College of Public Health.
  • * Local Internship

    Local internships in Global Health are performed in the US with agencies or organizations that have as part of their mission global health programs and activities. The time table for setting up this type of internship is shorter than for international internships, so the planning process should begin 6 months, or at least one semester, before the intended internship. It will be the student’s responsibility to initiate this process at the appropriate time so that the internship fits within their plan of study.

    Getting Started (Beginning 2 Semesters or 6 Months Before Internship Start Date)

    1. Schedule advisement with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator to discuss the timeline regarding site and MOU information and approval.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with your placement site is required for it to count toward your certificate.  The Coordinator will be able to tell you if the site you are interested in has a current MOU.  New MOUs can be initiated, but it can take up to 8 weeks to have one fully executed.  (No new MOUs will be initiated after the midpoint of the semester before you are to enter into the field placement for domestic sites.)
    2. Contact and schedule interview with site for acceptance into placement.  Some sites may have a separate application for placement.
    3. Discuss projects and activities with Site Supervisor.  This information will be required to complete the GHI Internship Proposal and Approval Form.
    4. GHI Internship Proposal and Approval Form completed with all signatures and sent to Undergraduate Program Coordinator (as PDF by email).  DUE BY MID-TERM OF SEMESTER BEFORE GOING INTO INTERNSHIP.
    5. Applied Learning Agreement and the Records Release forms signed and witnessed and sent to GHI Undergraduate Program Coordinator as a PDF via email along with proposal documents.
    6. Obtain Liability Insurance if applicable (some sites may require this).
    7. Communicate with site about HR requirements (e.g. background checks, paperwork, orientations, badges, parking).
    8. Register for 3 hours of Internship GLOB 3560.   You will not be cleared to register for your individualized course number in Athena unless you have your approval paperwork and a MOU in place.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

    Experiential Learning Mid-Term Evaluation

    1. Respond to Mid-term Check-In Email from GHI.
    2. Complete GHI Mid-term Evaluation with site supervisor and upload to GLOB 3560: Mid-term Evaluation Link.

    End of Semester (Due by Reading Day)

    1. Complete the Time Sheet and have it signed by your Site Supervisor using template.
    2. Submit GHI Final Paper.
    3. Complete GHI Final Evaluation with Site Supervisor and upload to GLOB 3560:Final Evaluation Link.
    4. Send completed documents to your Instructor of Record and to the Global Health Institute using the Online Submission Link.  This includes your signed time sheet and final paper listed in #1 and #2 above.
  • * International Internship

    International internships are a rewarding way for students to learn about global health and its challenges. International internships take time to put in place, so planning of these internships must begin at least one year, or two semesters in advance. It will be the student’s responsibility to initiate this process at the appropriate time so that the internship fits within their plan of study.

    PLEASE NOTE: Additional steps are required by the Office of International Education for international internships. Please see the Undergraduate Coordinator for information.

    Getting Started (Beginning Two Semesters or 12 Months Before Internship Start Date)

    1. Schedule advisement with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator to discuss the timeline regarding site and MOU information and approval.  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with your placement site is required for it to count toward your certificate.  The Coordinator will be able to tell you if the site you are interested in has a current MOU.  New MOUs can be initiated, but it can take up to 8 weeks to have one fully executed.  (No new MOUs will be initiated after the midpoint of the semester before you are to enter into the field placement for domestic sites.)
    2. Contact and schedule interview with site for acceptance into placement.  Some sites may have a separate application for placement.
    3. Discuss projects and activities with Site Supervisor.  This information will be required to complete the GHI Internship Proposal and Approval Form.
    4. GHI Internship Proposal and Approval Form completed with all signatures and sent to Undergraduate Program Coordinator (as PDF by email).  DUE BY MID-TERM OF SEMESTER BEFORE GOING INTO INTERNSHIP.
    5. Applied Learning Agreement and the Records Release forms signed and witnessed and sent to GHI Undergraduate Program Coordinator as a PDF via email along with proposal documents.
    6. Obtain Liability Insurance if applicable (some sites may require this).
    7. Communicate with site about HR requirements (e.g. background checks, paperwork, orientations, badges, parking).
    8. Register for 3 hours of Internship GLOB 3560.   You will not be cleared to register for your individualized course number in Athena unless you have your approval paperwork and a MOU in place.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

    Experiential Learning Mid-Term Evaluation

    1. Respond to Mid-term Check-In Email from GHI.
    2. Complete GHI Mid-term Evaluation with site supervisor and upload to GLOB 3560: Mid-term Evaluation Link.

    End of Semester (Due by Reading Day)

    1. Complete the Time Sheet and have it signed by your Site Supervisor using template.
    2. Submit GHI Final Paper.
    3. Complete GHI Final Evaluation with Site Supervisor and upload to GLOB 3560:Final Evaluation Link.
    4. Send completed documents to your Instructor of Record and to the Global Health Institute using the Online Submission Link.  This includes your signed time sheet and final paper listed in #1 and #2 above.
  • * Research with Faculty Mentor

    Getting Started (Beginning One Semester or 6 Months Before Research Project Start Date)

    1. Schedule advisement with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator to discuss the timeline regarding application and approval.
    2. Contact and schedule interview with the potential Faculty Mentor that will be listed as faculty of record for acceptance into a global health project.
    3. Discuss projects and activities with Faculty Mentor. This information will be required to complete the GHI Research Proposal and Approval Form.
    4. GHI Research Proposal and Approval Form completed with all signatures and sent to GHI Undergraduate Program Coordinator (as PDF by email). DUE BY MID-TERM OF SEMESTER BEFORE GOING INTO RESEARCH.
    5. Register for 3 hours of Research GLOB 4960 or 4960H.  You will not be cleared to register for your individualized course number in Athena unless you have your approval paperwork signed.  NO EXCEPTIONS!

    End of Semester (Due by Reading Day)

    1. Complete the Time Sheet and have it signed by your Faculty Mentor using template.
    2. Submit GHI Final Paper.
    3. Send completed documents to your Faculty Mentor and to the Global Health Institute using the Online Submission Link. This includes your signed time sheet and final paper listed in #1 and #2 above.
  • 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.

    1. Complete and email the Final Plan of Study to ghcertif@uga.edu for signatures.
    2. Apply to graduate in Athena Undergraduate candidates for graduation must apply to graduate using the graduation application available in Athena by the withdrawal deadline of the semester in which they intend to graduate. Please note that when applying for Spring or Summer semesters, undergraduate applicants must apply for the term in which they will take their last course(s) toward their graduation requirements.  Detailed instructions on how to apply to graduate as an undergraduate can be found here on the UGA Office of the Registrar website.