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Certificate in Global Public Health

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Aurora, CO

Globalization has changed the way that governments and nongovernmental organizations tackle challenging health issues like HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the spread of communicable diseases, malnutrition, diabetes, and access basic medical care. And though some countries and communities experience affluence, many others around the world still face continued economic and social barriers to improved health. At the Colorado School of Public Health, we are helping individuals address these challenges from community and system levels through our education, research and service programs.  Part of our effort is offering current health care professionals training through our Certificate in Global Public Health.

The 15 credit hour Certificate in Global Public Health is designed to cultivate a graduate-level, public health perspective of globalization and global health issues, programs, and best practices.  You'll learn how to use public health methods to address global public health challenges. The certificate, which is designed to be completed part-time over a one-year period, is a suitable program for health and environmental professionals who work, or will work, in prevention, research or clinical practice. It  may be completed prior to or concurrently with a Master of Public Health. If you intend to pursue the MPH after successful completion of the certificate program, you will need to formally apply to the MPH program and complete all of the admission requirements of the MPH program.   



Required Courses 
Course # Course Title Credit
CBHS 6619 Public Health in the Global Community 3
​EHOH 6623 ​Geographic Perspective on Global Health ​1
​BIOS 6601 ​Applied Biostatistics I ​3
​EPID 6630* ​Epidemiology​ ​3
​Electives ​See list below ​5
Total​ ​ ​15
*It is highly recommended that students complete EPID 6630 prior to, or concurrently with, CBHS 6619.
Students enroll in a minimum of 5 credit hours of approved electives. Substitutions for the elective courses may be reviewed and approved by the program director.

Approved Elective Courses
Course # Course Title ​Credit
​CBHS 6629 ​Health and Human Rights ​3
CBHS 6632 Public Health in the Caribbean & Latin America 3
CBHS 6633 Intensive Study of Public Health Services in Cuba ​3
​EHOH 6621 GIS for Public Health Research & Practice ​3
​EHOH 6633 ​International Travel and Health ​1
EHOH 6710 Disasters, Climate Change & Health ​3
EPID 6624 Public Health Surveillance ​2
​EPID 6635** ​Infectious Disease Epidemiology ​2
​EPID 6640** ​Investigation of Disease Outbreaks ​2
​EPID 6641** ​Epidemiology of Foodborne & Diarrheal Diseases ​2
​EPID 6643** ​Epidemiology & Prevention of TB/HIV/STD's ​2
​HSMP 6602 ​Health Equity ​3
​HSMP 6615 ​Current Global Health Policy Issues ​2
 **EPID 6630 is a prerequisite course.



 Learning Objectives

​Upon successful completion of the certificate in global public health, students will be able to:

  • Describe and analyze the determinants and the globalization of health as well as the health status of a given jurisdiction using credible data sources.

  • Understand contemporary and historic global health issues, programs, best practices and players.

  • Apply critical thinking to the political, economic and ethical issues in global health. 

  • Identify and recommend public health field methods in the global arena and their correct application.


 Additional Notes

  • Certificate students are not guaranteed admission to the MPH program. Students who complete the Certificate in Global Public Health and later apply to the MPH program are eligible to submit thir Certificate transcript in lieu of GRE scores.

  • A maximum of 21 Certificate credits may transfer into the MPH program. Of this 21, no more than 9 credits may be from coursework taken as a non-degree student prior to program matriculation. Students should consult the MPH handbook for additional information.

  • If a MPH student completes the certificate concurrently, no more than 9 credits can count toward both program.


 Admissions Requirements

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 Contact Us

​Admissions Contact: 
Colorado School of Public Health 
303.724.4613 (p) 

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CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Fitzsimons Bldg, 3rd Floor 
Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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13001 E. 17th Place​
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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