Certificate Info

*Did you miss our Winter 2021 information session about the Global Health Certificate? You can check out the recording on our YouTube page. You can also click here to see the slides.* 

 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 a 5-page professional reflection essay (the Capstone Essay)
  • Attend two global health seminars at UCLA (during the COVID-19 pandemic, this requirement has been revised to allow students to attend any virtual event hosted by any university or global health organization)
  • Complete human subjects research training
  • Complete an international fieldwork experience and either a 400 course paper (for MPH students), or a 5-page or longer analytical paper related to the research and projects done during the fieldwork experience

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will generally be very flexible and accept any internship that has a global reach to fulfill the "international fieldwork experience" requirement. This can include working with refugee or immigrant groups based in the US. We will accept remote-based internships to fulfill this requirement, provided the student submits with their application a short (3-4 sentence) explanation of how the work they did during the internship has a global reach and/or helped them develop skills relevant to global health.

 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Global Health Certificate, students must be currently enrolled as a UCLA graduate or professional student and must complete the following five requirements:

1. Coursework

  • Complete at least one 4-unit core course (CHS 200, HPM 240, or EPI 420) -- For the 2021-2022 Academic Year, due to the fact that none of these courses will be taught, students may substitute any elective course for the core course
  • Complete at least 12 additional units with global health content (see global health courses tab for a list of electives)*
  • *Students can also petition to count courses not on this list by completing the course exception form found in the Global Health Certificate > Forms tab of the website 

2. Fieldwork Experience

  • Complete a "glocal health" fieldwork experience (at least 10 weeks for a total of at least 400 hours). Please note that students may either accomplish this by working full-time for 10 weeks or by working fewer hours per week for a longer period of time.
  • Students should complete the Prospective Internship Interest Form once they identify their fieldwork opportunity so CGIH can confirm that it will meet the requirements of the certificate. 
  • Fieldwork must be completed within the time as a registered graduate student at UCLA.
  • FSPH MPH students will need to submit a copy of their 400 (Field Studies Course) paper to CGIH. 
  • Non-MPH students will need to submit a 5-page analytical paper (separate from and in addition to the Professional Reflection Essay) related to the research/project they worked on during their fieldwork experience.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, CGIH will accept domestic or remote-based internships to fulfill this requirement, provided the student submits and receives approval on the Prospective Internship Interest Form. Generally, any fieldwork experience that will allow the study to develop competencies relevant to global health will be approved. Students are still required to complete 400 hours of work in their internship.

*For a fieldwork experience to meet the requirements of the Global Health Certificate, students must select a fieldwork opportunity that allows them to develop one or more of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Global Health Competencies*

 

3. CITI Training Completion

  • Complete the Human Research - Biomedical Researchers & Staff OR Social & Behavioral Researchers & Staff course through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program.
  • Students will have to log on using their UCLA credentials: https://about.citiprogram.org/en/homepage/ to complete the training. 

4. Global Health Seminars

  • Attend 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.
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, this requirement has been revised to allow students to attend any virtual event hosted by any university or global health organization. Students may provide a screen shot of the event or proof of registration to receive credit for their attendance.

5. Professional Reflection Essay (Capstone Essay)

  • 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.

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.

  

Declaring Intent to Pursue the Certificate

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 and receiving the relevant communications from the Center, 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. 

 

To Apply

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) Copy of Unofficial UCLA Transcript

3) Copy of your 5-page Professional Reflection Essay

4) Two signed Global Health Lecture forms (please see attachment at Forms tab) (During the COVID-19 pandemic, students do not need a signature on the form and may instead submit a screenshot of the event or proof of registration)

  5) Copy of your CITI training certificate of completion

  6) Copy of your final paper/project completed for course credit for your international experience (for FSPH students this will be your 400 report). (And a short (3-4 sentence) explanation of how the work they did during the internship has a global reach and/or helped them develop skills relevant to global health if the student is submitting a domestic or remote-based internship to fulfill the international experience requirement.)

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

 

Dates

Students who plan to graduate during the Spring quarter:

  • All certificate application materials must be submitted by April 30

Students who plan to graduate during the Winter quarter:

  • All certificate application materials must be submitted by November 30

 

ALL NECESSARY FORMS MAY BE FOUND AT THE GLOBAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE > FORMS TAB