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Certificate of Graduate Study

Global Health Studies

Program of Study

You can complete coursework part-time and online in any order. Rolling admission allows you to start in spring, summer, or fall. The graduate global health certificate does not require an internship. You’ll complete the following courses to earn the certificate:


Introduction to Global Health

Study international public health issues and national health care systems and make recommendations to improve health outcomes in diverse populations. Topics include infectious disease, reproductive health, nutrition, chronic disease, mental health, injuries, violence, and health and the economy.


Global Perspectives in Epidemiology

Devise ways to reduce the spread of disease and disability. Topics include disease emergence, biological terrorism, mosquito and water-borne diseases, drug-resistant pathogens, the return of polio, and the spread of infectious diseases. Prerequisites: Principles and Methods of Epidemiology I and II.


Global Health Economics

Use economic theories and tools to examine health care sector financial performance and determine when and how government should regulate health care provision and intervene in ways that affect the international market.

Comparative Health Systems: A Global Perspective

Analyze different approaches to managing and delivering health care in first-world and developing countries. Consider issues of access, cost, quality, politics, economics, and demographics.


Global Environmental Health Policy

Examine global health policies of social, economic, and political importance. Issues include toxic substances, vector-borne diseases, climate change, health disparities, environmental risk, occupational health, and risk management. Prerequisite: Introduction to Environmental Health.

 

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

 

For more information contact John Justino, director of the Center for Global Health, at jjustino@albany.edu.

Content

Career Paths in Global Health

Earning the global health certificate prepares you for a variety of roles in organizations with public health agendas.

Graduates can be found managing projects, recommending strategies, establishing partnerships, and providing cultural and political insights as public health administrators and practitioners around the world.

Employers include international social justice organizations, human services agencies, medical clinics, treatment centers, and community health organizations.

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Admission Requirements

Deadlines

Rolling Fall, Spring, Summer

Certificate in Global Health Application

The application and all supporting materials must be submitted directly to The Graduate School at the University at Albany.


Application Requirements

  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing
  • Applicants should be familiar with the core public health concepts gained through previous studies or professional experience

For application specific questions, contact us at sphadmissions@albany.edu.


International Requirements

  • WES evaluations for international transcripts.  Evaluations are not required for Canadian transcripts if the language of instruction is English.  
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 98 (institution code: 2532), two semesters of full-time study at a US college or university, or completion of an undergraduate degree in a country where English is the official language and language of instruction
  • Applicants on an F1 or J1 visa are not permitted to enroll in a fully online program, due to visa restrictions.


Required Application Materials

Official transcripts

  • Official transcripts from EVERY post-secondary academic institution attended, including college coursework completed during high school, must be sent directly from the institution to University at Albany Office of Graduate Admissions.

Two letters of recommendation

  • A minimum of one must be from academic faculty 
  • At least one from a university faculty member in the major field of study
  • Applicants who have been out of school more than five years may submit professional references
  • Letters must be signed and on institutional/organizational letterhead

Personal Statement

  • Why do you wish to pursue this certificate and why are you interested in your chosen area of concentration?
  • 1500 word limit

CV/Resume

Application Information for Current UAlbany Students

Current UAlbany students should login to MyUAlbany and follow these steps to apply:

  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.
  4. Click the Add To Cart button.
  5. Fill out the form. 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.