GGG, SPH: Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CGH Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
GGG, SPH: Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CGH Residential)

The Gillings Global Gateway’s mission is to enhance the School’s strategic global public health impact by:
  • Fostering high-impact public health partnerships with governments, the private sector, non-profits and academia
  • Turning research into real-world solutions that transform lives in North Carolina and around the world
  • Promoting the unique strengths of the Gillings School in global research, teaching, and public service
  • Training the next generation of global public health leaders

Overview of GGG, SPH Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CGH Residential)

Program Focus

This residential, interdisciplinary program of study examines the complexities inherent in improving health on a global scale. Prepares students to work in changing environments and with diverse populations and to respond competently to health challenges presented by permeable geographic and cultural boundaries. Students will gain competence with satisfying and analyzing factors that generate disparities in health status, health resources , and access to health information and health services, particularly for ethnic minorities and other marginalized and vulnerable populations groups. In conferring a Global Health Certificate, UNC Gillings acknowledges students’ capability and capacity to perform as public health professionals with a global perspective and with collaborative and cross-cultural sensitivity and skills. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
10+
Not a stand-alone certificate. Students may earn the certificate in the context of a dedicated degree program.
Expected Duration:
1-2 yrs
Depending on the duration of your degree program, completion of this certificate varies.
Learning Environment:
Residential
Application Cycle:
rolling admissions
See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Any student with an interest in global health who wishes to strengthen their awareness of pressing global health issues and further develop cultural competencies.
Applications Received:
~20
Applicants Admitted:
~20
Enrolled Student Demographics:
School-wide demographics:
  • 70% / 30% female to male
  • 38% minority, including 20% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 10% international
  • mean age of 31
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~40
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 20-29

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
Cost included in tuition & fees for full-time, degree-seeking students.
Cost is included in UNC-Chapel Hill tuition and fees. Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
Cost included in tuition & fees for full-time, degree-seeking students.
Cost is included in UNC-Chapel Hill tuition and fees. Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
For 2011-2012, students in this program received funding from various UNC sources, including department, School and University. Data below include only funding administered by UNC. Categories are not mutually exclusive.
School-wide:

  • 42% of students received some tuition support.
  • 13% of students received grants.
  • 27% of students received some loans.
  • 18% of students received non-service awards.
  • 31% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
None
Required Prerequisites:
Must be enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill. Students outside UNC Gillings may apply by requesting an interview with the Graduate Certificate in Global Health coordinator.
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
None required
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
School-wide: On average, incoming students had 77th percentile verbal and 65th percentile quantitative. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions. If you have concerns about your scores, please talk with us.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
School-wide: Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.5
Letters of Recommendation Required:
Not required
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required if UNC Gillings student. Students outside UNC Gillings may apply by requesting an interview with the Graduate Certificate in Global Health coordinator.
Work Experience Required:
None required
Visit Opportunities:
Contact or visit the Office of Global Health anytime to discuss the Certificate in Global Health with the coordinator.

During the Program

Required Courses:
Graduate-level global health related coursework (only courses numbered 400 and above), totaling a minimum of 10 credit hours. You must take the following. Note that practicum and language courses credit hours do not count as an elective or toward the 10 credits.
  • One foundation course, either / (Globalization and Health) OR
    • PUBH 510 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/01/pubh510_syllabus_2013_fall.pdf
    (Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health)
  • Two semesters of PUBH500: Global Health Discussion Series (0.5 credits each semester). You can only enroll in this course if you are enrolled in the Certificate program.
  • Three additional elective global health courses (See list of approved Certificate courses).

For more details on the requirements listed below and other aspects of the Certificate, please review the full program description (pdf file).

Learn more about GGG courses.

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
No comprehensive exams
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Master's paper/thesis for your degree program should have a global health focus. If your paper/thesis is on a domestic issue, you must include a substantive section (minimum of 5 pages for a master's paper; minimum of 10 pages for a doctoral dissertation) applying your topic in a global setting/context. If your final project/master's paper is a group project (e.g. HBHE), you must submit the group project report as well as a separate document (5-10 pages) applying your topic in a global setting (individual project, not group work).
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Global health-related internship or field placement (strongly recommended). Practicum placement could be in an international setting or with a U.S.-based organization working internationally. The practicum should provide for application of global health knowledge and cross-cultural skills.
Global Options Available:
The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School's courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Aside from this certificate, many enrolled students will have the opportunity to take global health courses, and pursue internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
N/A
Example Job Responsibilities:
N/A

Program Contact:

Ms Emily Nicholson
Teaching Assistant