Global Health

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.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  1. Share knowledge, skills and resources for enhancement of global public health programs, infrastructure, and workforce.
  2. Work with a diverse range of global health stakeholders to advance research, policy, and practice goals, and effective communication.
  3. Assess ethical issues in diverse economics, political, and cultural context and accountability policy decisions upon public health practice.
  4. Analyze strategies to address health disparities across socially, demographically, or geographically defined populations.
  5. Design, implement, and evaluate global health programs to maximize effective policy and practice, and improved and sustainable health outcomes.
  6. Work effectively within diverse cultural settings and across local, regional, national, and international political landscapes.
  7. Analyze a diverse range of complex and interrelated factors shaping health trends to formulate programs at the local, national, and international levels.

Application Deadline

Spring (January) Term: December 1
Summer Term: April 1
Fall Term: August 1

OEHN alumna Lucy Carlson
"My educational experience at the U of M opened my mind to topics, ideas, and ways of thinking that I never knew existed, and it brought me to the field of occupational and environmental health nursing which I find amazingly interesting." –Lucy F. Carlson, Occupational Health Specialist, 3M Medical Department

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Katy Korchik
ghsph@umn.edu

Program Director
Zobeida Bonilla
zbonilla@umn.edu

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