Global Health

The Global Health Certificate offers students the breadth of coursework and skills needed to successfully operate in the international public health arena. It builds on our faculty’s extensive history of global health research and service programs. 

Developing effective interventions requires public health professionals who are comfortable working in ever-shifting political, social, economic, and health environments. Graduates will have the technical skills and cultural competency to pursue a variety of career opportunities in academia, government, industry, foundations, and non-governmental organizations.

The program’s interdisciplinary focus steeps students in traditional global health priorities such as poverty reduction, maternal health, prevention of neonatal and child mortality, infectious diseases, environmental sanitation, and access to safe drinking water, while also addressing new priorities including urbanization, rising rates of chronic diseases and obesity, climate change, aging populations, global mental health, and the health consequences of conflict.

Students will be equipped to address health problems that transcend borders due to globalization and increasing migration. A six-month practicum experience working overseas enables students to apply classroom concepts in a real-world setting.

Admissions Eligibility

Global Health is open to Columbia MPH students in:

Environmental Health Sciences
Health Policy & Management
Population & Family Health
Sociomedical Sciences

Applicants for this certificate may apply at the time of admissions, before classes begin in the first semester or at the end of the first semester. Note that the program requires a six-month overseas practicum that applicants must agree to undertake.

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Sample Courses

Priorities in Global Health

Many of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity disproportionately affect the populations of low-income countries. This course uses a multidisciplinary approach to analyse the emergence, justificiation and success of current global health priorities including reproductive health, child health water, infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease, mental health, and public health in complex emergencies (man made and Environmental). Students will learn to examine the social, economic, and political factors contributing to the rise of these global health priorities, learn about the different suggested approaches and tools for managing them as well be involved in the development of strategies for their solution. This course builds on "Introduction to Global Health"(P6811) by demonstrating the application of major concepts and principles that govern the practice of global health in resource-poor countries.

Advanced Topics in Global Health

Maintaining a multidisciplinary focus, the course presents five case studies of global health programs for in-depth study. The course first introduces systems thinking and its application to public health. Using a case study approach, students will then study the global and regional politics and local social contexts in which global health problems occur and will learn to analyze the successes and shortcomings of global public health interventions from a systems perspective.

Related Certificates

Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance

Related Links

The Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program