Global Health Graduate Certificate

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How can the study of issues like climate change, immigration, infectious and chronic disease epidemics, social injustice, international health, the environment and relations across borders help change the world?

Clinical and public health issues have become increasingly similar across the globe. Regardless of where we live, these issues are now all interconnected. Contemporary public health professionals must consider population health from a world view because what happens globally affects each of us locally.

The Global Health Graduate Certificate (GHGC) includes courses covering international health, chronic and infectious diseases, shared diseases between humans and animals, epidemiology, border health, health disparities, air pollution, food quality and safety, and global to regional perspectives on countless other public health issues in industrialized as well as developing and undeveloped countries.

Available online!

Complete your certificate with just 5 online classes. Each class lasts 8 weeks, so you can complete the certificate typically in one year. Selected courses are offered each semester (including summer). Some courses are also offered in-class. Upon completion of the Certificate, students earning a grade of B or better in each course who are admitted to the MPH program may apply all fifteen credit hours to their degree.

Who Should Attend?

The certificate program is designed for students in the UNTHSC School of Public Health, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and professionals working, or interested in working, in the global health field.  The GHGC can be an important add-on for students currently working on medical degrees and/or graduate programs in the health professions, public health and other related areas who would like to explore international issues and opportunities.

Upon completion of the Global Health Certificate, students will be able to:

Discuss population health from a world view/global perspective;
Identify population health challenges in the global environment, including challenges faced by public health practitioners working across borders;
Apply essential principles of epidemiology to the global health environment;
Demonstrate knowledge of zoonotic disease (disease that pass from animals to humans and vice versa) and their implications on global health.

Curriculum (15 SCH)

Course Descriptions

Required Courses: 9 SCH
EPID 5300 Principles of Epidemiology
BACH 5328 Introduction to Global Health
EOHS 5318 Diseases from Animals to Humans

Elective Courses: 6 SCH*
UNTHSC SPH and external students, choose two courses from the following list
BACH 6328 Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Health
EOHS 5310 Evaluation and Control of Environmental Pathogens
EPID 6318 Epidemiologic Surveillance
EOHS 5324 Water & Public Health
MACH 5333 Maternal and Child Health Nutrition
PHED 5397** Public Health Practice Experience: International Placement
**Prior approval required

*Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine students will be required to take the following two courses instead of the electives listed above: TCOM students will need prior approval by Dr. John Gibson
MEDE 8340* Special Topics in International Medicine
MEDE 9466* International Placement

(For additional information about the program contact Dr. Witold Migala at 817-735-0151 or

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges & universities attended.
  • Create an account and apply via the SOPHAS Express online application portal. This process will include personal information and academic history.

To Apply

Submit the following to SOPHAS Express:

  • Unofficial transcripts. Transcripts from all schools attended. Even schools that didn’t ultimately award a degree, all are required.
  • Current resume or Curriculum Vitae. Your resume should reflect your full history including volunteer activities, clubs, research, conference presentations and relevant work experience.
  • $50 application fee due to SOPHAS Express.

Admitted students will be required to submit official transcripts to UNTHSC prior to enrolling in classes. (TCOM students should contact the to request copies of official transcripts be sent to SPH Admission Office)

Approximate cost to complete the online Graduate Certificate in Public Health as a Texas Resident is $5,125-5,350 depending on timing and enrollment selections (additional costs are associated with PHED 5397, MEDE 8350). The certificate programs do not qualify for Federal Financial Aid programs. 

For more information contact the Office of Admissions or contact us at 817-735-2401.

This page was last modified on December 14, 2018