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Certificate, Global Health (Post-Baccalaureate)

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Providing knowledge of issues, policies and practices in global health

The Graduate Certificate in Global Health is designed to provide interdisciplinary knowledge in global health delivery to those employed or seeking employment in positions requiring this knowledge or to individuals who desire this added credential.

Perfect for...

  • Individuals who are currently employed or seeking employment in positions requiring interdisciplinary knowledge in global health delivery.

Career Paths

  • Clinical Research Professional
  • Community Wellness Administrator
  • Environmental Scientist or Specialist
  • Government Employee
  • Health Educator or Community Health Worker
  • Health Specialist
  • International Recruiter


Program Overview

The post-baccalaureate Certificate in Global Health is a 12-credit program 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, services and research dedicated to the understanding and improvement of global health.

For more information, see the Global Health Initiative flyer. 

The Global Health Certificate is 12 credit program that 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. The majority of courses in the Global Health Certificate program are offered in the evenings or as hybrid courses. Additionally, the Global Health Certificate offers its students the opportunity to take global health courses at the Independent University, Bangladesh and Cairo University through global classrooms. Global classrooms are virtual, project-based courses offered in collaboration with partner universities abroad. Students will be able to gain knowledge and collaborate with peers at partner universities to address global problems and design tangible solutions. In addition, students are able to participate in global public health organizations such as Public Health Beyond Borders.    

See all program requirements on the UMD Catalog
 Term  Course Title  Credits Course Description
Fall (required)  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 a synopsis of how these issues are addressed by international and community organizations in developing countries.
Winter (required)  MIEH 620: Global Health Communication   and Promotion  Critical components involved in developing, implementing, and evaluating health/population promotion and communication interventions. Emphasis is 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.
Spring (required)  MIEH 610: Global Health Program Planning and Evaluation  Development of health program and evaluation plan 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.
Elective (Summer Term) MIEH 630: Global Health Diplomacy 3 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.
Elective (Summer Term) MIEH 604: Quality Assurance of Global Health Services Delivery 3 Explores the fundamentals of environmental health and how they fit into the larger context of global public health services delivery/ Emphasis on global health quality care challenges in service implementation, quality concepts, and tools; health service accreditation programs in selected countries; and quality assurance and management methods in strengthening and improving health care services.
Elective (Summer Term) SPHL 640: Social Marketing in Public Health 3 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
 Other Summer Electives (exact course offering may vary depending on instructor permission)  MIEH607: Global Classroom: Risk Based Approach to Ensure Global Food Safety and Security

MIEH606: Global Classroom: Addressing Current, Pressing Global and Environmental Public Health Challenges in Bangladesh Blended Learning

MIEH 698A: Bolivia: Global Health Lessons in Ecotourism and Community Health

3 each

Earning your certificate

This Global Health Certificate is offered to professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree (with a 3.0 GPA) or higher degree. Non-UMD students who would like to pursue the Certificate in Global Health should submit an application through the TerpEngage application portal. Current graduate students within the School of Public Health may enroll in courses that fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Global Health.

See the application requirements for the Global health certificate