Global Health Certificate

The University at Albany School of Public Health offers a fifteen-credit Graduate Certificate in Global Health. The Certificate is designed to equip graduate students, doctors, and other public health professionals with an in-depth understanding of the complexities and realities of global health. Participants of the program will enhance their capacity to design, manage, support and evaluate global health interventions.



The Graduate Certificate in Global Health Studies was designed to attract both current MPH students and practicing health professionals who are interested in expanding their understanding of global health issues and was developed in response to several trends including the interconnectedness of the world today; increased awareness of the spread and impact of health crises and risks worldwide; and as part of the growing global focus of the UAlbany curriculum. Global health involves the most fundamental values of society: social justice and health equity; collaboration and partnerships; capacity building; and ethical reasoning. Students of global health will acquire competencies that can be applied in both international and domestic settings, including project management, strategic analysis, and social, cultural, and political awareness.

The program requires the completion of 15 graduate course credits or 5 courses, all of which are available and applicable in the MPH program. Given the topics covered in this course and the level of understanding of global health issues required, it is important for applicants to be familiar with the core public health concepts gained through previous studies or professional experience. These core concepts include, but are not limited to, subjects such as epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health program evaluation. Applicants to the Global Health Certificate program often include current Master of Public Health (MPH) students, Master of Science (M.S.) students in epidemiology or related fields, MPH and M.S. graduates as well as those with undergraduate degrees in public health and those with extensive professional public health experience.

Certificate Course Requirements

All students wishing to complete the Global Health Certificate must take the following five courses (15 credits). Click on the course numbers listed below to see its course description.

  • HPM 645 Introduction to Global Health (3 credits)
  • EPI 630 Global Perspectives in Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • HPM 655 International Health Economics (3 credits)
  • HPM 656 Comparative Health Systems (3 credits)
  • EHS 607 Global Environmental Health Policy (3 credits)

For more information on program deadlines and application requirements click here.

The University at Albany Graduate Bulletin also provides information about the Global Health Studies Certificate Program.

Application Process

Applicants who are not currently enrolled in a program at the University at Albany School of Public Health must follow the step-by-step application process outlined on the Graduate Education webpage.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a program at the School of Public Health do not need to follow the step-by-step application process, since the School of Public Health already has all necessary application materials on file. Current students should login MyUAlbany and follow these steps:

      1. In the MyUAlbany portal select the Graduate Education tab at the top of the page.
      2. At the bottom left of the page under Application and Graduation Information select Supplemental Degree Application.
      3. Click on the Supplemental Degree Application icon on the page.
      4. Click the Add To Cart button.
      5. Fill out the form with your necessary information. Select your current degree level and current program name. Make sure to enter "Graduate Certificate in Global Health Studies" in the Requested Supplemental Degree Program Name field and select CGS in the Requested Supplemental Degree dropdown menu.
      6. Click Continue to submit your supplemental application form.
      7. Select Checkout to submit your payment information.
      8. Congratulations! You have enrolled in the Certificate program.