Global Health Certificate

2018 GH Certificate Recipients

 Congratulations 2018 Recipients of the UCLA Global Health Certificate! 

Please join us in congratulating this year's recipients and all their hard work and contributions to the global health community. Thank you for letting us be apart of your global health journey and we are looking forward to all your future endeavors. 

2018 Global Health Certificate Recipients (Name- Fieldwork Location)

Arely Briseno- Cuernavaca, Mexico, "Assessing and Building Capacity for Resiliency to Climate Impacts on Health in Latin America"

Graham Toth- Phnom Penh, Cambida, "Analysis of the integrated Bio-Behavioral Surveillance (IBBS 2016) among Female Entertainment Workers" 

Soo Min Oo- Myanmar

Joyce Imafidon- Dakara, Senegal, "Reseau Africain pour I'Education, la Sante et la Citoyennete "

Lorena Ulloa- Santiago, Chile, Metabolic Syndrome 

Cindy Beard- Dhaka, Bangladesh - ICCDRB, Avian Flu Surveillance 

Molly Brown- Myanmar, "National and Local Health System Convergence in Low- Resource Settings: Developing an Operational Plan for the Karen Department of Health and Welfare in Myanmar" 

Lea Hunsinger- Geneva, Switzerland, "WHO Global Malaria Programme: Analysis of Trends in the Prevalence and Distribution of pfcytb and pfmdr1 Molecular Markers for Drug Resistance in Malaria: 

Brittany Meyer- American Samoa, "Evaluation of Gestational Diabetes Prevalence, Screening Rates and Treatment Outcomes in American Samoa" 

Jacqueline Shibata- Gaborone, Botswana, Emergency Medicine and Ultrasound Education at Princess Mariana Hospital 

Makaela Newsome- Kampala, Uganda- "Kirigme Maternal Health Centre and Rabbit Breeding Program" 

Certificate Info

 About the Global Health Certificate 

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 Fielding 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 5-page professional reflection essay
  • Attend two global health seminars at UCLA


Certificate Requirements

  • Current enrollment as a UCLA graduate or professional student
  • Complete CHS 200 or HPM 240
  • Complete Certification from the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program 
  • Complete at least 12 additional units with global health content (see global health courses for a list of electives)*
  • Completes an international experience (at least 10 weeks in a lower/middle income country) - Must be completed within the time as a registered graduate student at UCLA. For FSPH students: please submit a copy of your 400 (Field Studies Course) paper.
  • Complete a 5-page professional reflection essay 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. Submit lecture forms documenting attendance.

*Students can also petition to count courses not on this list by completing the course exception form below 

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:




In order for CGIH to ensure that all students who wish to earn the Global Health Certificate are making adequate progress in their studies and requirements, all students interested in earning the certificate must submit the Declaration of Intent form to CGIH by Week 10 of the Spring quarter of the student's first year of study at UCLA. The form may be found in the Forms tab of this website. 


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

1.) Completed application form (may be found under the Global Health Certificate > Forms tab)

2.) Transcript (unofficial is fine)

3.) A copy of your 5-page Professional Reflection Essay

4.) Two signed Global Health Lecture forms (please see attachment at Forms tab)

  5.) A copy of your CITI training certificate of completion

  6.) A copy of your final paper/project completed for course credit for your international experience (for FSPH students this will be your 400 report)

Please submit completed applications for the Global Health Certificate electronically to For students who plan to graduate during the Spring quarter, all forms must be submitted by April 30. 


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 ( 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 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.