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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.
  • Current graduate students in the School of Public Health interested in global health.

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.

Learn more about the UMD SPH Global Health Initiative

The Global Health Certificate is 12 credit program that consists of 9 required credits, and 3 credits of electives. Most 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 learn alongside students 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 certificate requirements in 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.
Summer (elective) MIEH 607: One Health: Food Safety and Security 3 This is a collaborative course offered by the University of Maryland and Cairo University in Cairo, Egypt, to investigate One Health and its application to improving international food safety and security. Participants in this global class will learn about One Health and how its application can improve global food safety and security. Students will use One Health principles to ensure food safety and security through a global lens. This project-based class provides excellent opportunities for UMD students to interact and collaborate with students from Cairo University and other Egyptian universities using modern methods of international collaboration tools such as Zoom technology and others.

Another course may be substituted for MIEH607 to fulfill the elective requirement with advisor approval.

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