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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 Fall 2019
  • 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 Health Certificate focuses on knowledge, skills, and attitudes to address health issues that transcend national boundaries, and that develop and implement solutions to health problems that requires global cooperation. The Global Health Certificate is designed for students who have a strong interest in global health, who have a desire to understand cultures, and who want to experience first-hand a global field experience which may prepare them for work in a global setting. Many students may want to complete the Certificate to complement their graduate degree. It is increasingly recognized that issues that affect health transcend national boundaries, and that development and implementation of solutions to such health problems requires global cooperation. Global health represents an interdisciplinary approach that embraces both disease prevention in populations and clinical care of individuals, with a strong emphasis on health equity and health as a public good.
This program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Program Delivery
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
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.
Coursework Requirements
Foundations Course (2 Credits)
Take one course from the following list for at least 2 credits.
PUBH 6108 - Foundations of Global Health (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6134 - Sustainable Development and Global Public Health (2.0 cr)
Other Required Courses (3 Credits)
Take the following courses for a total of 3 credits:
PUBH 6131 - Working in Global Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6231 - Global Health Capstone (1.0 cr)
Applied Practice Experience (2 Credits)
Take 2 credits of field experience related to global health.
PUBH 7296 - Applied Practice Experience: Public Health Practice (0.5-8.0 cr)
or Other Applied Practice Experience course in the SPH. Please consult with the Global Health certificate program staff about seeking approval.
Electives (8 Credits)
Students must complete a minimum of 8 elective credits. Choose from the following list, or select other global health-related courses in consultation with the Global Health certificate staff.
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
· PUBH 6085 - Alcohol and Tobacco: Ongoing Threats to Global Health (2.0 cr)
· PUBH 6132 - Air, Water, and 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 6732 - Topics and Methods in Global Health Assessment (2.0 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 cr)
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PUBH 6108 - Foundations of Global Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course provides an introduction to key principles and topics in global health including measures of global burden of disease, identification of key health problems around the world and the main determinants, health systems and international public health organizations. In addition, we will discuss cross-cutting and timely issues in health promotion, disease control programs, and operational research in international settings. Class exercises and discussions will focus on challenging global health problems, and strategies to address them. This course is required for those students enrolled in the School of Public Health Global Health Certificate program, and is also open to other qualified students (see Course Prerequisites). Examples of diseases and illustrations of global health problems in this class will include both infectious and non-infectious diseases and should be of interest to students in various programs.
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 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 6231 - Global Health Capstone
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course is designed to facilitate learners’ synthesis of the skills, knowledge, and attitudes learned throughout the Global Health Certificate courses and practiced during field experience. Each student will be guided through the creation of a portfolio of carefully selected assignments, reflections, and experiences completed during the Certificate program, along with a resume and a final reflection. Each student will then present a portfolio at the end of the course.
PUBH 7296 - Applied Practice Experience: Public Health Practice
Credits: 0.5 -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 6132 - Air, Water, and Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Issues related to providing adequate levels of clean air/water. Local water quantity/quality, air quality in developed/developing world, global air/water quality, policies meant to protect these resources.
PUBH 6290 - International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02338
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation is an applied, operational course that teaches students how to operate in an international humanitarian crises as a responder. Learners assume the role of an NGO responder in this simulation that involves active teamwork, intense interaction with role-players, and on-the-spot decision-making. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to learn and practice the critical collaboration and teamwork objectives essential in humanitarian response. Please contact organizers should you have concerns regarding physical challenges presented in extended outdoor activity in an extensive (but walkable) site, rain or shine. Additional course fee covers meals, accommodation in primitive cabins, and equipment during the simulation. Full packing list will be supplied to participants (e.g., sleeping bag, rain gear, flashlight, etc).
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 6732 - Topics and Methods in Global Health Assessment
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Evaluation of health populations relative to specific topics important to global health, including methodology appropriate to particular issue. Focuses on developing countries. prereq: [6705, [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in PUBH 6705 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in PUBH 6320 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in PUBH 6341 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in grad course in epidemiology], [public health MPH or environmental health [MS or PhD] or health services research/policy/administration [MS or PhD] or epidemiology PhD or clinical research MS]] or instr consent
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 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00519
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.