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

    Due to the high demand for the global health certificate, the Global Health Institute requires an application, essay, and résumé for admission into the program. Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring Semester.


    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.
    Application Deadlines and Admission Decisions:

    The deadline for turning in an application for the certificate is 5:00pm on the second Friday in September for fall admission cycle or the second Friday in February for spring admission cycle.

    Admission decisions will be made by mid-October for fall admission and mid-March for spring admission.  You will be notified by email of an admission decision.

    • 2018 Spring Semester Deadline: Applications due by 5:00 PM Friday, February 9, 2018.
    • 2018 Fall Semester Deadline:  Applications due by 5:00 PM Friday, September 7, 2018.
    Admissions Contact:

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

  • 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 3200E – 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 among the following opportunities to satisfy the experiential learning requirement:

    • Undergraduate research with faculty member working on a global health issue in the College of Public Health
    • U.S.-based internship with institutions working in global health
    • Foreign-based 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 Center for Global Health or the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.
    • Register for experiential learning under GLOB 3560GLOB 4960 or GLOB 4960H or GLOB 4970 or GLOB 4970H