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Global Health Postbaccalaureate Certificate

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Contact Information
School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636; FAX 612-624-4498.
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 15
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Global Health PBacc Certificate
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The global nature of public health is increasingly apparent and recognized by all including the United Nations, individual nations, and numerous non-governmental agencies (NGOs). Public Health students and professionals also recognize this need and many aspire to careers in global health. The certificate program will leverage Minnesota faculty skills and international connections to provide career-building experiences for our graduate (MS, PhD) and professional (MPH) students.
This program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree.
Special Application Requirements:
Applicants must submit to SOPHAS Express, a centralized online application service: - Completed SOPHAS Express application and application fee, designating the University of Minnesota School of Public Health - Personal statement describing the applicant's reason for applying, career goals, and how the certificate will help them achieve their goals - One letter of recommendation -Unofficial transcripts of record from each college/university where a degree was earned. (If admitted, official transcripts will need to be sent directly to the School of Public Health.) -Resume or C.V. For detailed application instructions and requirements visit
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Global Health Certificate Requirements
PubH 6390 -- Topics in Epidemiology: Foundations of Global Health (2.0 cr) PubH 7200 -- Topics in Public Health Practice: Global Health Certificate Capstone Seminar (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6131 - Working in Global Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7296 - Applied Practice Experience: Public Health Practice (1.0-8.0 cr)
8 credits of electives
Students must complete a minimum of 8 elective credits. Below is an approved list, but other global health related courses may be considered. Please consult with the Global Health certificate program staff about seeking elective approval.
PUBH 6085 - Alcohol and Tobacco: Ongoing Threats to Global Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6134 - Sustainable Development and Global Public Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6290 - International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6385 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6601 - Born a Girl: Global Women's Health (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6605 - Reproductive and Perinatal Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6686 {Inactive} (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6730 - International Comparative Health Systems (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6807 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6906 - Global Nutrition (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7262 - Globalization and Health (1.0 cr)
PA 5451 - Immigration, Health and Public Policy (3.0-4.0 cr)
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PUBH 6131 - Working in Global Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to key issues in global health. Global burden of disease. Cultural issues/health. Nutrition. Infectious diseases. Environmental problems. Women/children. Prereq Grad student.
PUBH 7296 - Applied Practice Experience: Public Health Practice
Credits: 1.0 -8.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00853 - CVM 6516/PubH 5296
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
MPH students are required to complete a supervised Applied Practice Experience (APEx). Students must address five competencies and must submit two products that demonstrate attainment of the competencies. prereq: public health practice student, instr consent
PUBH 6085 - Alcohol and Tobacco: Ongoing Threats to Global Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Strategies to prevent and control tobacco and alcohol problems. Policy and community and individual strategies to reduce burden of tobacco and alcohol problems locally, nationally, and globally. Similarities and differences in public health approaches to tobacco and alcohol prevention and control.
PUBH 6134 - Sustainable Development and Global Public Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Effects of globalization on social/sustainable development. Population, war, economics, urbanization, environment, water/sanitation, communicable/non-communicable conditions. New infectious/chronic diseases, food security/environmental health. prereq: Credit will not be granted if received for 6100 or 6365
PUBH 6290 - International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02338
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This three day simulation will be carried out using a ‘field exercise’ format. The goal will be to learn skills-through-doing in a dynamic crisis scenario, applying concepts and developing understanding in practice, through readings and in interactive didactic sessions. This will be a challenging experience that will require students to put into practice skills and teamwork recognized in humanitarianism classes and in the literature. The simulation will involve active team work, intense interaction with role players, and on-the-spot decision making in a way that closely resembles how field work is done in international humanitarian crises. Besides the pre- and post sessions, the first day on site will include content sessions. At the conclusion of the course students will write a final reflection paper. Please contact an instructor should you have concerns regarding physical challenges presented in extended outdoor activity in an extensive (but walkable) site, rain or shine. (For the field experience, equipment suggestions will be provided as will meals.)
PUBH 6385 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles and/ methods. Strategies for disease control and prevention, including immunization. Relevance of modes of transmission of specific agents for disease spread and prevention. Public health consequences of infectious diseases at local, national, and international levels.
PUBH 6601 - Born a Girl: Global Women's Health
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Summer
Women's health conditions, programs, services, and policies in developed/developing countries. Social, economic, environmental, behavioral, and political factors affecting health behaviors, reproductive health, chronic and acute diseases, premature mortality and longevity. prereq: Grad level student
PUBH 6605 - Reproductive and Perinatal Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Epidemiology, programs, services, and policies. Social, cultural, psychological, physiologic, environmental, economic, and political factors that affect reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbearing. prereq: Public health student or grad student or instr consent
PUBH 6730 - International Comparative Health Systems
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
History and development of health systems from a socio-political perspective. Overview of relative importance and meaning of health outcomes data. Role of WHO. Students use OECD health database.
PUBH 6906 - Global Nutrition
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Nature/scope of chief nutritional issues and problems in the world. Emphasizes developing countries. Nutrient deficiencies, nutrition-related aspects of infectious/chronic disease. prereq: Grad student
PUBH 7262 - Globalization and Health
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Global health concerns cross the borders of developed and developing nations. Effect of globalization on social and scientific consequences in public health. Interplay between global stressors such as population, war, economics, urbanization, and environment; effects on the health of women/children, spread of infectious/chronic diseases, nutrition and environmental health.
PA 5451 - Immigration, Health and Public Policy
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00519 - PA 5451/PubH 5281
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How to access demographic, health, and background information on US immigrants. Characteristics and health needs of immigrants. Designing culturally competent health programs. How to advocate for needed policy changes to promote immigrant health and wellbeing. Community visits required. Online course.