Global Health Graduate Certificate

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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 relevant courses to their degree.

Who Should Attend?

The certificate program is designed for students in the UNTHSC programs 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.

Required Courses (15 SCH) 

BACH 5328   Introduction to Global Health: This introductory course provides the student with an overview of the conditions, practices and obstacles encountered in delivering primary health care in the international arena. The differences and commonality of the challenges facing the health care provider are explored. The history of international health and the roles of government and non-governmental agencies are presented along with specific models of intervention and evaluation of major international health problems.

EOHS 5318   Diseases from Animals to Humans: This course will expose the student to the role of animals in public health by focusing specifically on zoonotic diseases and their public health implications. Over 70% of emerging and infectious diseases today are considered zoonotic – able to pass from animals to humans and vice versa. As the global community becomes smaller and smaller, and the human-animal interface becomes more and more consistent, it is important to be aware of and understand the implications of such diseases. Some examples of diseases to be covered include vector-borne diseases such as malaria and Dengue fever, bacterial diseases such as salmonellosis and listeriosis, and viral diseases including Ebola, Marburg, and West Nile Virus. Additionally, students will be given the opportunity to put their public health practitioner hats on with 1-2 local field trips designed to give practical, real-life experiences to which they may apply their current knowledge of public health.

BACH 6328   Race, Ethnicity, Culture and Health: This advanced course exposes students to cutting edge topics in race, ethnicity, culture, and health. The course provides insight into why some populations and communities experience disparities or dissimilarities in health status and health care services, relative to other populations and communities. The course will approach description and explanation from an ecological perspective that accounts for individual-level variables (e.g., genetics, psychology, behaviors) as well as socio-environmental variables (e.g., social structures and processes, socioeconomic status, neighborhood and community effects, culture).

EPID 6318     Epidemiologic Surveillance: This course includes the application of epidemiologic methods to two important professional areas of public health. The first one is devoted to the planning, management, and data analysis of public health surveillance systems. The steps for planning a surveillance system, criteria for identifying high priority health events for surveillance, types of surveillance systems, data collection, data processing, quality control, analysis and the interpretation of surveillance data are included. This part of the course also encompasses the basis for evaluation of surveillance systems and the methods used for screening of disease. A small-scale computerized surveillance system is developed as part of the course. The second part of the course, deals with the basic epidemiologic methodology used to assist in the planning and evaluation of health programs of disease control and prevention. It includes the methodology for the design of instruments for data collection, assessment of health care needs, and the epidemiologic evaluation of the impact of health interventions.

EOHS 5324   Water & Public Health: This course covers how water quantity and quality affect population health from regional and global perspectives, and efforts to reduce its impacts on public health. The course discusses recognition, evaluation, and control of water contaminants and current issues related to water sustainability. The water contaminants include microbial organisms, chemicals, and radioactive materials both from natural and anthropogenic sources. Human efforts to reduce the impacts of water contamination and to conserve water include; water and wastewater treatment technologies and policy and regulations. In addition, climate effocts on water quality and quantity will be discussed both in regional and global perspectives.

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. (UNTHSC students should contact the registrar@unthsc.edu 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. 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 June 5, 2019