Global Health Certificate Program

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From our backyard to the world.

The global burden of disease poses a significant barrier to the well-being of people around the world. Students today are interested in addressing issues that cross national borders, including global health. To address this need, SSA's Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP), the Center for Global Health (CGH), and the Pritzker School of Medicine (PSOM) collaborated to develop the Global Health Certificate Program at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (SSA). The program addresses issues in global health from the perspective of a variety of disciplines, including medicine, business, law, economics, public policy, social work and socio-cultural studies. The program began accepting master's degree and law students in the Fall of 2012, and was available to medical students beginning in January 2014.

The program fosters interdisciplinary thinking and collaboration across disciplines to address the pressing issues of our time. It builds on the foundation of the curriculum in all of the participating schools. Participating schools are the PSOM, the Booth School of Business, the Harris School of Public Policy, the Law School and the School of Social Service Administration. Courses from across the university are included in the global health curriculum to draw on the wealth of talented faculty at the University of Chicago. Students participating in the certificate program will receive a strong base of knowledge in business, law, medicine, public policy, or social work and social service administration from their primary programs, and will gain additional expertise in global health.

Global health in this context refers to health in low- and middle-income countries. However, lessons learned in the Global Health Certificate Program will be applicable to urban and rural areas in developed countries as well. Comparisons will be drawn with lessons to be learned from each setting to benefit the other. 

The Global Health Certificate is achievable within the two-year master's degree programs at the University of Chicago.  Students participating in the Program will be invited to all GPHAP and CGH events and are considered an integral part of GPHAP. Thus, there is much overlap between the regular GPHAP track and the global health track. Global Health Certificate Program students may take U.S. focused health administration and policy courses as electives to fill out their program of study.

The requirements of the Global Health Certificate Program are similar to the regular GPHAP program. All GPHAP students must complete four courses. Most students use their electives for these courses. All of the courses taken to fulfill the GPHAP requirements must be taken for a grade and not taken on a pass/fail basis.

Requirements for Master's Degree Students and Law Students:

The Required Course Sequence (four courses).

  • Two required courses:
    • International Perspectives on Social Policy and Practice taken during Spring Quarter of 1st year.
    • A Capstone Case Studies course taken during Spring Quarter of 2nd year.
  • Two elective courses from a campus wide list of approved electives.

Practicum. This may include a summer internship, RA-ships, designated Fellowships, and field placements. For the Global Health Certificate Program, these may be, but are not required to be, activities outside of the U.S.

Co-curriculars. Attend 18 lectures or events and prepare a short written summary of each event. Master's degree students generally complete three co-curriculars per quarter over a two-year period. Suggested co-curricular activities are published in the GPHAP Weekly Digest e-mail sent to students. Lectures or other events that qualify as co-curriculars are held at various times throughout the year. Students may select events that coordinate well with their academic schedules. To provide additional scheduling flexibility, one of the three co-curriculars per quarter may be an on-line activity.

There are no additional fees for participation in GPHAP or the Global Health Certificate Program. The two required courses and two electives count toward the student's degree requirements.

Requirements for Medical School Students

  • The specific requirements for medical students are available upon request.
  • The application for medical students may be found here.

We are proud to offer this rigorous new interdisciplinary program of study that will allow students to distinguish themselves in the field of global health.

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