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:
- 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.
- 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 subject to restrictions outlined in GCAC-309 Transfer Credit, should a student wish to continue public health training at the graduate level. Students must earn a grade of B or better for a course to be applied to the M.P.H. degree program. Students who wish to pursue the M.P.H. degree must formally apply and be admitted to the Penn State M.P.H. degree program. Admission into the Penn State M.P.H. degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed. 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.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Spring 2018
EXPIRATION DATE: Spring 2023
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.
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
- 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.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.
Students must complete each course with a grade of B or better in order to receive the certificate.
|PHS 803||Principles of Global Health||3|
|PHS 809||Principles of Public Health 1||3|
|or PHS 577||Integrative Seminar in Social & Behavioral Determinants of Health|
|Select 6 credits from the following:||6|
|World Health Promotion|
|Multicultural Health Issues|
|Advanced Epidemiological Methods 2|
|Global Impact of Infectious Diseases|
|Integrating Systems Thinking in Global Health|
|Master of Public Health Internship|
|Advanced Field Experience|
|MPH Global Health Internship|
|Dr.P.H. Global Advanced Field Experience|
Dr.P.H. students take PHS 577.
Epidemiology and Biostatistics Track students only.
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.