Certificate in Global Health Studies

The University at Albany School of Public Health offers a fifteen-credit Graduate Certificate in Global Health Studies. 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. It 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.

Program Overview

  • Fully online coursework, no in-person class requirements
  • Part-time study
  • Coursework offered year-round (spring, summer, and fall semesters)
  • Multi-disciplinary, competency-based coursework
  • Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health

The program includes 15 credit hours, comprised of five courses.  Given the topics covered in the certificate 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.

Students currently enrolled in the MPH, MS, PhD or DrPH program at the School of Public Health may add the Global Health Studies certificate by applying for a supplemental degree through their MyUAlbany account. All other applicants must submit a complete application for admission through the University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions. 

Course Descriptions

HPM 645 Introduction to Global Health (3 credits)
This course explores international public health issues and various health care systems identified; measures of health outcomes in populations are evaluated. Specific issues to be explored include infectious disease; reproductive health; nutrition; chronic disease; mental health; unintentional injuries and violence; and health and the economy.  International health programs and projects as well as the globalization and practice of international health will also be discussed.  Each student will select a national public health system for an in-depth study which will identify major population-based health issues and make recommendations for improved outcomes.

EPI 630 Global Perspectives in Epidemiology (3 credits)
Global health is of critical importance with the emergence of new diseases such as SARS and H1N1, the potential threat of biological agents such as anthrax, the continued prevalence of diseases such as malaria and dengue, the co-evolution of HIV and multiple drug resistant tuberculosis, the return of once-vanquished diseases like polio, and the export of chronic diseases from industrialized countries to the rest of the world.  This course will explore key epidemiologic principles to address these issues and suggest interventions to improve poor health and reduce disease and disability worldwide.  Prerequisites: EPI 501; EPI 502 preferred but not required; basic courses in anthropology, sociology and biology.

HPM 655 International Health Economics (3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce basis economic theories, concepts, and tools and apply them specifically to the health care sector under a variety of contexts in the international economy.  This analysis focuses on a variety of health care systems and how the governmental role in these systems varies in the corrections in the market, and in the provision and consumption of health care.

HPM 656 Comparative Health Systems: A Global Perspective (3 credits)
Every country is confronted with choices about how to organize and deliver health care for its people.  This course explores the diversity of models that have been established in response to particular forces and circumstances including those related to political and economic factors and demographics.  Students will have the opportunity analyze the various approaches to managing and delivering health care in several countries, both those of wealthy nations and those of fewer resources.  The issues of access, cost and quality will be emphasized as well current and emerging issues and challenges.

EHS 607 Global Environmental Health Policy (3 credits)
Examination from a variety of analytic perspectives of several global health policy issues of current social, economic, and political importance.  Issues include toxic substances, vector borne diseases, climate change, health disparities, occupational health standards, environmental risk analyses, and risk management.  Prerequisite: EHS 590 or equivalent.