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Graduate Degree Programs

Global Health

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Kristin Sznajder
Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Phone: 717-531-7178

The purpose of this 12-credit graduate certificate in Global Health is to provide students with foundational graduate-level course work in global health. All course work will be at the 500 or 800 level. Upon completion of the Public Health certificate, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate their knowledge of the major players and issues in global health, how global health systems interact, and the social, political, and cultural determinants related to health and health systems.
2. Apply their skills to assessing global health issues and developing solutions.

Certificate course work may be transferable to the Penn State Master of Public (M.P.H.) graduate degree program should a student wish to continue public health training at the graduate level. Students who wish to pursue the M.P.H. degree must apply separately to that degree program. Admission into the M.P.H. program, and credit towards a graduate degree for specific courses is not guaranteed based on acceptance into or completion of the certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the  Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the  GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the  English proficiency requirement

Applicants must submit the following items with their application for admission to the Public Health certificate program:
·  official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
· Resume/CV
· Statement of Purpose or Rationale for seeking a Graduate Certificate in Global Health
· Two letters of recommendation

Admission decisions are made by a faculty committee and are based on the quality of the applicant's professional and academic accomplishments. Upon approval, certificate program students will enroll in course work on a nondegree basis. Note that admission as a nondegree graduate student neither guarantees nor implies subsequent admission to a degree program. Nondegree students are not eligible to receive fellowships or graduate assistantships.

Students must complete each course with a grade of B or better in order to receive the certificate.

All global health courses in the certificate program may be applied to the M.P.H. degree program. Students must earn a grade of B or better for a course to be applied to the M.P.H. degree program. Certificate program students who wish to have the certificate courses applied to the M.P.H. degree program must formally apply and be admitted to the Penn State MPH degree program. Admission into the Penn State M.P.H. degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed. Students who are interested in the Penn State M.P.H. degree program should contact the program at 717-531-1502 or, or visit Once a certificate program student is admitted to the Penn State M.P.H. degree program and enrolls on a degree basis, certificate courses completed with a B or better may be applied toward the M.P.H. degree.


PHS 501(3) or PHS 577 (3) for DrPH Students
PHS 803(3)
AND six credits from the following courses: PHS 551(3) (Epidemiology and Biostatistics Track students only); PHS 557(3); PHS 804(3); PHS 890(3); PHS 895 A, B, C or D(1-6 credits); HLHED 501(3); HLHED 553(3)



Last Revised by the Department: Spring 2018


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