Advanced Certificate in Global Health Program Announcement at the School of Public Health

May 26, 2022

The School of Public Health (SPH) is pleased to announce the creation of a new program: Advanced Certificate in Global Health.  As the world’s populations, economies and cultures continue to grow interdependently so do the levels of inequality and health inequity. The Advanced Certificate in Global Health is designed to provide students with foundational knowledge in understanding the determinants of health beyond national boundaries. Courses in this program will provide an overview of research and practice that will improve health worldwide, reduce disparities and address global challenges. Students will develop the skills needed to analyze the global burden of both communicable and non-communicable diseases and considerations in developing sustainable programs. Students will also understand ethical approaches to global health research and practices. This program looks at real life challenges to global health and provides students with applicable skills for future employment in a number of organizations, such as government agencies (in the U.S. and abroad), international organizations such as the World Health Organization, private research, academia, and international charitable foundations.

Denise Bruno, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Global Engagement and Director of the Center for Global Health, Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences will be the Program Director and Campus Contact. “We are very excited to announce this new program which will provide insights to global health priorities and challenges with a focus on the skills needed to effectively address them.”

Students who complete the Advanced Certificate program will be equipped to:

 1) Understand the factors that contribute to or affect health in environments around the world. They will be able to explain and use basic demographic concepts and measures and describe how these factors influence the occurrence of public health issues.

 2) Propose sustainable and evidence-based multi-sectoral interventions, considering the social determinants of health specific to the local area. They will assess the benefits and the potential negative effects of a health intervention and apply monitoring and evaluation techniques to global health programs, policies, and outcomes.

3) Recognize the importance of one's own standpoint and positions while working collaboratively with diverse communities and constituencies (e.g., organizations, agencies, practitioners, policymakers, and researchers). This includes an understanding of the interaction of race/ethnicity/gender and health and disease.

4) Display critical self-reflection, cultural humility, and ongoing learning in global health and apply ethical approaches in global health research and practice. They will be able to critically analyze a proposed health program for potential discrimination and/or stigmatization.

It is a 15-credit program and the following listed courses are required: Public Health and Human Rights, Disease Burden and Priorities in Global Health, Urban Health Issues, Program Design and Evaluation and Principles of Epidemiology. The certificate is offered completely online.

Applications are currently open for the Advanced Certificate and will be accepted via the Centralized Application Service for Public Health (SOPHAS Express) for enrollment starting in the Fall 2022 semester. All application process inquiries can be emailed to the School of Public Health at Learn more about this program at our virtual information session via Zoom on Tuesday June 7th 2022 at 3pm. Register here for more details.