Certificate in Global Health

Requirements for the Certificate


All master and doctoral students currently enrolled in a degree program at the School of Public Health are eligible to earn the Certificate in Global Health.


Students must complete 13 credits in global health by selecting from the list of approved courses in the Global Health Certificate Completion Form (PDF). Courses used to fulfill the Certificate must meet the following requirements:

  • All students are required to take PH 554, preferably during the first semester of their first year. Any exceptions to this timing require pre-approval from the Program Manager.
  • Students must complete at least one course aligned with Competency 1. This may not include PH 554.
  • Students must complete courses addressing at least three of Competencies 2-6. These may not include PH 554.
  • Students must complete courses in at least two SPH Departments outside the students' home Department. These may not include PH 554.
  • Students must achieve a grade of B or higher in each course used to fulfill the Certificate requirements.


Upon completion of the SPH Certificate in Global Health students will have acquired experience in a minimum of four the following competencies:

  1. Understand definitions, concepts, and principles of the evolving concept of global health, and the policies and processes that underlie its historic development and contemporary context.
  2. Recognize how recent cultural, political-economic, and environmental trends shape health both locally and globally.
  3. Effectively utilize the many global health data sets available in the public domain.
  4. Characterize local, regional and global patterns of health and disease.
  5. Develop appropriate global health interventions (e.g. policies and programs), and evaluate their impact.
  6. Demonstrate the capacity to value and promote health equity, human rights, and social and environmental justice.

For a listing of available global health courses and competencies addressed, see the Global Health Certificate Completion Form (PDF).


Many students in the Certificate program opt to fulfill their departmental internship requirement through an international placement. Each student will have the opportunity to work with their advisor to design and secure their internship project. In addition, SPH offers more than $180,000 each summer in scholarship awards to students interning abroad or in a placement with a relevant global health application. Students traveling internationally are required to abide by the University's travel policies including registering trip itinerary in the Travel Registry and purchasing HTH Travel Abroad health insurance.

For Further Information:

Contact the Global Health Certificate Coordinator, at sphglobalhealth@umich.edu or 734-936-1264.