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Dr. Kamiar Alaei, founding director of the University at Albany's Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, leads the team behind Rockefeller's graduate certificate in international health and human rights.

International Health and Human Rights

To address the growing demand for interdisciplinary solutions to our contemporary world challenges, Rockefeller College has collaborated with the University at Albany's Global Institute for Health and Human Rights and School of Public Health to offer the Graduate Certificate in International Health and Human Rights. The Graduate Certificate in International Health and Human Rights is a program for students and professionals who hope to gain practical knowledge in the fields of health and human rights. The primary objective of the program is to provide professionals and students with a framework for understanding health and human rights as a single issue area and for advocating that access to quality health care is a human right — regardless of wealth, power, status, standing or tradition.

The Certificate Program in International Health and Human Rights requires the completion of five courses, including three required courses and two electives. The required courses include (1) HPM645 Global Health, (2) RPOS568/RPAD 568 Foundations of Human Rights, and (3) HPM 586/RPOS 586 Health and Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach. The elective courses can be selected from a list of offered courses at UAlbany or the partner institutions in the Capital Region including Albany Law School, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Union Graduate College.

There will be two tracks that students can follow through the certificate program. Track one is geared towards traditional students who take courses during the regular semester. Track two is designed for professionals who are not able to take courses during the fall or spring semesters of the academic year.

To accomodate working professionals who cannot spend 10-15 weeks in a residential program, certificate courses will be offered during summer sessions and online. This will allow professionals, both local and at a distance, to take a combination of online and on-site courses.

How to Apply

Applications to the Certificate program are accepted for fall, spring, and summer admission.  There are no formal course prerequisites for the Graduate Certificate in International Health and Human Rights.

Detailed application instructions can be found on our admissions page.

For information on the Graduate Certificate in International Health and Human Rights, visit the University's Graduate Bulletin.