Certificate Requirements

Successful certificate students must meet the following requirements:

  • All students: Must take PUBHLTH554 and 12 additional credits. Taking PUBHLTH554 during the first year is preferred.
  • SPH MPH/MHSA Students: Must take at least 2 SPH courses outside their home department. (In addition to PUBHLTH554)
  • SPH MS (Administered by Rackham): Must take at least 2 SPH courses. (In addition to PUBHLTH554)
  • Non-SPH students: Must take at least 2 SPH courses. (In addition to PUBHLTH554)
  • All students: May count up to 2 non-SPH courses towards the certificate.
  • All students: Must achieve a grade of B (3.0) or higher in each certificate course.
  • All students: Must complete at least one course aligned with Competency 1. (In addition to PUBHLTH554)
  • All students: Must complete courses addressing at least three of Competencies 2-6. (In addition to PUBHLTH554)
  • All students: Must have attended at least 2 approved OGPH lectures, discussions, or workshops per term (or 8 events over two years).
    See Global Certificate Approved Events.
    Events not listed must be approved in advance by e-mailing
  • Keep track of your progress with our Global Health Certificate Completion Form.

Competency List

  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

Global Public Health Course and Competency List

Please search courses within Wolverine Access for the most up-to-date term offerings.

 Courses  Term Competencies
Environmental Health Sciences   1 2 3 4 5 6
EHS 614 Water and Global Health Winter Y Y   Y Y  
EHS 683 Air Pollution and Global Health [Not offered 2017-2018, 2018-2019] Winter Y Y Y   Y  
EHS 690 Practice in Global Environmental Health Fall Y Y        
EHS 796 Special Topics (Varies)
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Epidemiology   1 2 3 4 5 6
EPID 506 Health of Nations: Introduction to International Health Fall Y   Y Y    
EPID 605 Infectious Disease Epidemiology Fall   y   Y    
EPID 607 Communicable Diseases in Public Health Practice Winter Y     Y   Y
EPID 609 Vaccines in Public Health [Not offered 2017-2018, 2018-2019] Winter Y Y   Y Y  
EPID 618 Global Social Epidemiology Fall Y Y   Y   Y
EPID 621 Cancer Epidemiology Winter   y        
EPID 634 Foundations in Infectious Disease Transmission Modeling Winter Y     Y Y  
EPID 650 Principles and Practice of Preventive Medicine [Not offered 2018-2019] Fall Y Y   Y   Y
EPID 663 Health, Evidence and Human Rights Fall y         y
EPID 664 Field Methods for Epidemiology in Developing Countries Winter   y y y    
EPID 665 Research Seminar in International Health Winter     y      
EPID 666 Health and Socioeconomic Development Winter   y   y   y
EPID 673 Epidemiology of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease [Not offered 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019]  Fall       y   y
EPID 822 Malaria and Other Important Vector-Borne Diseases [Not offered 2017-2018, 2018-2019]  Fall   y   Y Y  
Health Behavior/Health Education   1 2 3 4 5 6
HBEHED 540 Fundamentals of Reproductive Health Fall Y Y   Y    
HBEHED 550 HIV/AIDS: Perspectives on the state of affairs, science and response to a global pandemic [Not offered 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019]     Y Y   Y  
HBEHED 617 Global Public Health (note: previously listed as HBEHED 710-004) Winter Y Y       Y
Health Management and Policy   1 2 3 4 5 6
HMP 624 Health Policy Challenges in Developing Countries Winter       Y Y  
HMP 625 Comparative Health Policy and Management in High Income Countries Fall     Y   Y  
HMP 671 Cross-national Comparisons of Aging and Health [Not offered 2017-2018, 2018-2019]     Y   Y Y  
HMP 672 Population Health in China [Not offered 2017-2018, 2018-2019]     Y   Y Y  
HMP 673 Health Program Management and Evaluation in Resource Poor Countries [Not offered 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019]   Y Y     Y Y
HMP 677 Health Care Organization: An International Perspective Fall   Y   Y Y  
Nutritional Sciences   1 2 3 4 5 6
NUTR 555 Foundations of Sustainable Food Systems Fall Y Y   Y   Y
NUTR 633 Evaluation of Global Nutrition Programs Winter Y   Y   Y  
NUTR 644 Global Food Systems Policy Fall Y Y     Y Y
Public Health   1 2 3 4 5 6
PUBHLTH 554 Applications in Global Public Health (Mandatory Course) Winter Y Y   Y    
PUBHLTH 616 Public Health in Action - International Winter Y Y   Y    
Non-SPH Courses That Have Been Approved   1 2 3 4 5 6
AAS 462 Globalization and African Health [Not offered 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019]     Y   Y   Y
BA 685 International Business Immersion Winter   Y Y   Y  
EAS 555 [Formerly NRE 555] Climate and Development: Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation in Less Developed Countries   Y Y   Y    
HS 528 Global Perspectives on Research in Vulnerable Populations Winter   Y   Y Y Y
LAW 775 ID'ing Human Traff Victims [Not offered 2018-2019]   Y         Y
PUBPOL 534 The Economics of Developing Countries  Fall Y Y       Y
PUBPOL 662 Global Corporate Social Responsibility [Not offered 2018-2019]   Y Y       Y
PUBPOL 676 International Politics of Poverty [Not offered 2018-2019]     Y   Y   Y
PUBPOL 717 Social Activism, Democracy, and Globalization from the Perspective of the Global South Fall Y Y       Y
PUBPOL 763 Global Issues: Drugs, Crime and Terrorism [offered every other year]  Fall   Y       Y
SOC 430 World Population Dynamics  Fall Y Y   Y Y  
SOC 630 Demographic Methods Winter Y   Y Y    
STRATEGY 562/TO 563 Innovation in Global Health Delivery Fall Y Y   Y Y  
  400 graduate-level approved foreign language course, specify:     Y        
  400 graduate-level approved Area Studies course, specify:   Y Y       Y

Other UM programs also offer an incredible range of courses involving issues of globalization.

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