MPH Context Certificate: Global Health

Global health is at a critical turning point. We have dramatically improved health and well-being over the last 20 years, but there is still much to do. We need to improve the organization and delivery of health services by translating theory and evidence into effective interventions, especially in low- and middle-income countries. We must also reckon with the historical legacy of colonialism and patriarchy that created and perpetuates health and power inequities.

The global health context certificate provides venues for these critical conversations and foundational knowledge and skills. You will learn to analyze complex health challenges and economic dynamics, strengthen health systems, and implement evidence-based interventions. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals challenge us to transform our world by 2030. Many difficulties lie ahead, but so does the promise of great achievements.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  • Describe health challenges faced at global, national, regional, and community levels, including major causes of morbidity and mortality, and context-specific reasons for geographic variation in population health and well-being;
  • Analyze a health system and its component elements in order to examine performance, identify strengths and weaknesses, and compare it to health systems in other countries;
  • Explain the ways in which culture, social norms and institutions, laws, gender, economic status, access to education and health care, and other factors influence health;
  • Conduct a situation analysis across a range of cultural, economic, and health contexts; and
  • Demonstrate ability to access, summarize, synthesize, analyze, and communicate background information and public health evidence.

Course Requirements

  • GH 760 Foundations of Global Health (4 cr)

Eight credits from the following list of courses. These courses have been organized into three thematic areas to help you identify courses that will be most useful to your academic and professional goals. Some students may find it useful to choose several courses from the same thematic area in order to build specific expertise, but all students may choose any course in any thematic area.

Global Health Systems and Policy 

  • GH 755 Managing Disasters and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (4 cr)
  • GH 762 Essentials of Economics and Finance for Global Health (4 cr)
  • GH 888 Seminar on Global Health Policy Issues (2 cr)
  • GH 891 Global Pharmaceutical Policy (2 cr)
  • PM 733 Health Program Management (4 cr)
  • PM 740 Comparative Health Systems and Policy in Industrialized and BRIC Countries (4 cr)

Global Burden of Disease 

  • GH 715 Antiretroviral Program Management and Adherence Issues in Low-Resource Settings (2 cr)
  • GH 766 Sexual and Reproductive Health in Disaster Settings (4 cr)
  • GH 805 Controversies in Global Health and Eradication of Infectious Diseases (2 cr)
  • GH 880 Confronting Non-Communicable Diseases in the Developing World (4 cr)
  • GH 881 Global Reproductive and Perinatal Health

Social & Cultural Determinants of Health 

  • GH 750 Gender, Sexuality, and Inequality in Global Health (4 cr)
  • GH 765 Global Mental Health (2 cr)
  • GH 770 Poverty, Health, and Development (4 cr)
  • GH 795 Global AIDS Epidemic: Social and Economic Determinants, Impact, and Responses (4 cr)
  • GMS MA 622 Religion, Culture, and Public Health (3 cr)
  • MC 786 Immigrant Family Health: Public Health Across Borders (4 cr)