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Graduate Certificate in Global Health


Program Overview

The 12 credit Graduate Certificate Program in Global Health was developed and designed to meet the needs for global health competencies set forth by several of the BCH accrediting bodies. Global health is an interdisciplinary field that relies on a broad knowledge base to create innovative solutions to challenging health problems in resource poor settings. This program will provide graduate students an opportunity to do at least one international study abroad course, two required graduate courses in global health (one of those requires working with a refugee population in North Florida), and one elective course which may be an additional study abroad or a discipline specific course related to international or global health issues. Understanding issues related to global health is central to preparation for working on emerging global issues such as sustainability of food and water resources, disease transmission and management, epidemics, and health care delivery in compromised settings.


Students who complete the UNF Graduate Certificate in Global Health will be able to:

  • Apply understanding of a rapidly changing Global Healthcare system, the policies driving change, and the impact on diverse healthcare settings 

  • Effectively articulate the basic principles of public health and the major determinants of global public health

  • Examine the distribution of health and disability around the world and realize the individual, social, and institutional factors that affect the burden of disease

  • Compare the essential components of international health programs and key responses to poverty that can potentially minimize the global burden of disease in developing countries

  • Apply knowledge acquired in design and execution of a final project that examines a current international health concern


Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Summer Term . . . May 1

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of a 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. 
Additional program requirements:
  • Application to the University 

  • Official transcript reflecting a bachelor's degree in a life science, health science, health administration, business administration, nursing or computing science

  • Current resume

  • Brief state, no more than 250 words, describing your purpose for pursuing a graduate certificate in global health and how this certificate will complement your professional goals


Curriculum and Requirements

Total Program
Credit Hours


Approximate Enrollment

30 students per cohort
Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Elissa Barr