Certificate in Global Health

A. General Information 

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Global Health is designed to provide basic knowledge in global health delivery to those employed or seeking employment in positions requiring this knowledge or to individuals who desire this added credential. The University of Maryland’s School of Public Health is a leader in the discovery, application, and dissemination of public and global health knowledge in the state of Maryland, the nation, and the world. The School has specifically targeted programs, curricula, service and research dedicated to the understanding and improvement of global health.

This Global Health Certificate is offered to professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree (with a 3.0 GPA) or higher degree.  Ideal candidates are seeking to add this credential to their professional portfolio (e.g., Commissioned Officers Foundation). The certificate consists of 9 required credits, and 3 credits of electives. It is anticipated that students will take one year (2 semesters plus summer/winter) to complete the certificate. Click here if you are not already a UMD student and interested in seeing the Admissions Requirements and the Admissions Process Information. For current UMD students interested in completing the certificate along with their graduate degree, please find more information here.

Global Health Certificate Program Plan


Course Title


Fall (required)
MIEH 605: Foundations of Global Health

Winter (required)

MIEH 620: Global Health Communication and Promotion


Spring (required)

MIEH 610: Global Health Program Planning and Evaluation


 Summer (elective course examples; exact course offering may vary)

EPIB 632: Field Epidemiology for Global Health Intervention

MIEH 630: Global Health Diplomacy

SPHL 640: Social Marketing in Public Health


Course Descriptions

REQUIRED (9 credits)
MIEH 605: Foundations of Global Health: Explorations of theoretical frameworks and practical perspectives on issues shaping the global health panorama. Determinants examined through biological and epidemiological; social, cultural and economic; environmental and geographic; multi-section; legal and institutional perspectives with synopsis of how these issues are addressed by international and community organizations in developing countries.

MIEH 610: Global Health Program Planning and Evaluation: Development of health program and evaluation plans to address health problems in international settings. Linking a tactical program plan to overall health problems of a nation, including policy issues involved in assessment, budgeting, and evaluation to determine effectiveness.

MIEH 620: Global Health Communication and Promotion: Critical components involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating health/population promotion and communication interventions. Emphasis given to various approaches and theories as well as how to incorporate those dimensions into practice. Techniques for developing and evaluating health/population communication strategies that include formative and quantitative research.

ELECTIVES (3 credits; note that only one elective course is offered every year, in the summer term.) 

EPIB 632: Field Epidemiology for Global Health Intervention: The hard work and dedication for public health professionals in the United States and around the globe for more than 100 years has led to many important milestones. Some of which include: vaccination, motor-vehicle safety, safer workplaces, and safer and healthier foods, healthier mothers and babies and fluoridation of drinking water among many, many others.This course will utilize key success stories to highlight and emphasize the important role field epidemiology has filled in solving some of the most pressing health issues in the last 20 years.

MIEH 630: Global Health Diplomacy: Focuses on the interplay of health assistance and foreign policy from a broad range of perspectives including economic, historical, political, social, and cultural. Development of skills to understand and deal with globalization, resource inequities, health disparities, and post-conflict health crises.

SPHL 640: Social Marketing in Public Health: Examines public health communication theory broadly with specific emphasis on public health, including social marketing campaign design, best practices for implementation, and evaluation methodology. Includes applied techniques for domestic and international markets as well as proper tools for optimal health impact through study design, message development, media campaigns and supplemental case reviews.


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