Global Health Certificate

Certificate Info

Awarded through the UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health (CGIH) in the Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH), the Global Health Certificate (GHC) program provides the student with broad-based knowledge, professional skills, and cross-cultural understanding of global health issues, policies, and practices. The aim of the GHC is to enhance global health competencies of students to work for organizations providing global or immigrant health services, advocate for global health programs and priorities, and/or to incorporate global health sensibilities in non-global health work settings. In conferring the certificate, the UCLA School of Public Health recognizes a student’s capacity to work as a public health or health care professional with a global health perspective.

To earn the certificate, students:

  • Take courses related to global health
  • Complete an international fieldwork experience
  • Complete a departmental project on a global health topic or capstone essay
  • Attend two global health seminars at UCLA

The UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health will award a certificate in Global Health to any graduate or professional student who meets ALL of the following requirements:

  • Completes CHS 200 or HPM 240 (see global health courses for course descriptions)
  • Completes Certification from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program [or EPI 273 for previous cohorts]
  • Completes at least 12 additional units with global health content (see global health courses for a list of electives) -- Students can also submit electives not on this list for approval
  • Completes an international experience (at least 10 weeks in a lower/middle income country) and a 5-page analytical paper on this experience 
  • [For students entering UCLA Fall 2015 or before] Completes a departmental project on a Global Health Topic. It can be a class paper on global health topic, a project used as student’s master thesis or doctoral thesis, or a poster presented in a conference.
  • [For students entering UCLA Fall 2016 and after] Completes a 5-page capstone paper describing how the GHC program integrates with the student’s graduate studies, how it amplifies their understanding of one or more of the global health competencies, and how these competencies are likely to influence their professional career.
  • Attends at least two Global Health lunchtime lectures or other lectures sponsored by the UCLA Center for Global and Immigrant Health, the UCLA School of Public Health of the UCLA Center for World Health.

The Global Health Certificate is only available to graduate or professional students who are currently enrolled in study at UCLA. If you are a current or prospective UCLA student and are interested in more information about the Global Health certificate, please send an e-mail to: globalhealth@ph.ucla.edu.

TO APPLY:
Once you have completed all requirements for the certificate, please submit the following:

1.) Completed application (please see attachment below)
2.) Transcript (unofficial is fine)
3.) Copy of Global Health Departmental Project OR Capstone Essay
4.) Two Signed Global Health Lecture Forms (please see attachment below)

Please submit completed applications for the Global Health Certificate electronically to globalhealth@ph.ucla.edu.

 

ATTACHMENTS:

Global Health Certificate Lecture Form

Global Health Certificate Application

2015-2016 Global Health Certificate Workplan Template

2016-2017 Global Health Certificate Workplan Template

Global Health Certificate Course Syllabi

Certificate FAQ

1. Can undergraduates pursue the Global Health Certificate?

No, the Global Health Certificate is only open to graduate or professional students at UCLA.

2. I graduated 3+ months ago, can I still pursue the Global Health Certificate?

No, the Global Health Certificate is only open to currently enrolled graduate or professional students at UCLA. If you graduated less than 3 months ago, please send us an e-mail (globalhealth@ph.ucla.edu) to see if you qualify for an exception.

3. When am I expected to have completed the requirements for Global Health Certificate?

Students are expected to have completed the Global Health Certificate before completing their graduate or professional program.

4. What are the benefits of completing the Global Health Certificate?

The benefits of receiving the global health certificate are endless. Many of the recipients have gone on to pursue careers in the global health sector and/or have incorporated the education they have received from the certificate into their work environment.The GHC program provides students with broad-based knowledge, professional skills and cross-cultural understanding of global health issues, policies, and practices. These skills are designed to incorporate global health sensibilities into a variety of work environments. 

5. I am currently enrolled in a course similar to CHS 200 and/or EPI 273, can these classes apply to my certificate?

Inquiries regarding acceptable substitutions for CHS 200 and/or EPI 273 should be forwarded to globalhealth@ph.ucla.edu. If possible, please provide a short description and the course syllabus for the substitution. Students will be notified whether or not their current course is equivalent to the course objectives in Epi 273 and/or CHS 200.

6. When are students expected to take classes toward the Global Health Certificate?

Most students begin taking the Global Health Certificate elective classes during their second year. However, in some cases, students begin the classes in their first quarter. It is strongly advised that students interested in pursuing the certificate look at the relevant global health classes offered each quarter to determine when to begin taking classes.

7. What are the funding opportunities for the international projects?

Yes, funding opportunities are available to students. Most funding deadlines are in late April/early May. Students who are applying for funding must have their internship site secured before funding deadlines. See our "Students" tab for more information on these opportunities.