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Global Health

Administrative Unit:Global Health Institute
College/School: School of Medicine and Public Health
Minors and Certificates:Graduate Certificate

Representative Faculty: Baumann (Nursing), Christensen (Veterinary Medicine), Durkin (Population Health Sciences), Gjerde (School of Medicine and Public Health), Goldberg (Veterinary Medicine), Haq (Family Medicine), Kanarek (Population Health Sciences), Lepowsky (Anthropology), Lindroth (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), Mares-Perlman (School of Medicine and Public Health, and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies), Mitman (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies), Naughton (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies), Nieto (Population Health Sciences), Olsen (Veterinary Medicine), Patz (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies), Remington (Population Health Sciences), Schell (Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, and School of Medicine and Public Health), Shapiro (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), Watkins (School of Medicine and Public Health); Associate Professors Conway (Pediatrics), Keller (Medical History and Bioethics), Knoll (School of Medicine and Public Health), Trentham Dietz (Population Health Sciences); Engelman (Population Health Sciences), Kendall (Education), Kodesh (History), Martinez-Donate (Population Health Sciences), Nemet (La Follette School of Public Affairs), O'Connor (School of Medicine and Public Health), Rindfleisch (Family Medicine), Schalick (Medical History and Bioethics), Sethi (Population Health Sciences), Skinner (Population Health Sciences), Wendland (Anthropology), Witt (Population Health Sciences); Kraus (Pharmacy), Solheim (Nursing); Gaus (Family Medicine), Shropshire (Family Medicine), Vivian (Pharmacy); Clinical Assistant Professor Sladky (Veterinary Medicine);  Poulsen (Veterinary Medicine);  Scheder (Ethnic Studies), Schrader (School of Medicine and Public Health), Susan Kidd Webster (Social Work);  Alonso (Gender and Women's Studies), DiPrete Brown (Population Health Sciences), Thurlow (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences);  Hutchins (Pharmacy), Vergeront (School of Medicine and Public Health);  Bromley (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences), Yuill (Veterinary Medicine)


The certificate in global health is a collaborative offering from the schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine, and the Division of International Studies. The certificate curriculum focuses on global health topics and health issues that transcend national boundaries, emphasizing health and disease in low resource settings.

Through a 9-credit program of preparatory course work and culminating in a global health field experience, students will be prepared to address health disparities in a context of cultural diversity. Certificate recipients may serve populations internationally or work among the increasingly diverse population of Wisconsin and the United States. Through core courses and electives, students may focus their studies on health promotion, detection and treatment of disease, prevention and management of outbreaks, health policy, environmental health, or other interdisciplinary topics.

The educational benchmarks for the certificate program are:

  • expansion and discussion of knowledge of major themes and trends in global health;
  • enhancement of communication skills for trans-cultural, interdisciplinary health practice;
  • demonstration of effective collaboration with colleagues abroad;
  • analysis of health system infrastructures at local and national levels;
  • dscussion of ethical standards for conduct of research in international settings;
  • integration of one’s discipline-specific role with other disciplines to promote effective interdisciplinary team practice; and
  • use of evidence-based principles in practice settings.

The certificate in global health is designed to assist both traditional and nontraditional students with interests in global health. The certificate is available to professional students in the health sciences as well as to graduate students in global-health-related programs, such as engineering, education, area studies, and others. The capstone certificate is offered to individuals with a minimum of a bachelor's degree who have interest and/or experience in a global-health-related field. The program is based in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and is administered by the Global Health Institute at UW–Madison.

For more information: Global Health Institute, 4256 Health Sciences Learning Center, 750 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI 53705; 608-262-3862; teigland@wisc.edu; ghi.wisc.edu/graduatecapstone-certificate-in-global-health/