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Global Health

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

Faculty:  Bauman, Brown, Conway, Durkin, Kraus, Patz, Sladky, Solheim


The certificate in global health is a collaborative offering from the schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. 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;
  • discussion 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/