Certificate in Global Health

Concentrate your studies on health issues that transcend national boundaries, including access to basic preventive care and emergency disaster relief. Develop core competencies to tackle public health issues prevalent in developing countries, including forced migration, maternal and child health, and water, sanitation and hygiene. Take a series of global health core courses and electives to attain this certification, which is open to all graduate students enrolled across Temple University, including medical students.

You can complete this certificate as a supplement to your primary graduate studies, but not as an independent program. Gain global health experience in your area of expertise and open up international career prospects. The international elective is a highlight of this certificate, and will increase your ability to find professional placements in global or international health—including with global organizations like Save the Children.

Who should apply?

Students in an MD, MPH, MS or PhD program who are specifically interested in global health issues or who might want to work in an international public health context would benefit from completing this certificate. Typically, students are from the nursing, medicine, occupational and physical therapy, and social work fields, among others.

Curriculum and Credits

This program is a supplement to the graduate degree of your choice. Take 12 credits, including the MPH core course requirement, The Fundamentals of Public Health; one of two global health core courses, which are seminars in international or global health, and two elective courses. You’ll have a broad range of electives to choose from, including courses in environmental health, health policy, nursing and social work. One of the electives can be an international fieldwork or study abroad experience.


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