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Competencies and skills you will gain from the Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health:


  • Communicate global health information in diverse settings.
  • Utilize appropriate technologies and forms of communication with global and diverse audiences.

Diversity and Cultural Competency

  • Analyze a global health problem in an interdisciplinary manner in order to:
    • Develop interventions
    • Evaluate programs
    • Develop and implement policies, and
    • Contribute to the knowledge base of global health research
  • Extend cultural understanding and skills to global and diverse settings related to populations such as refugees, immigrants, and migrant workers.
  • Adapt and work effectively in countries and cultures that challenge one’s physical, social and economic perspective or comfort level.

Professionalism and Ethics

  • Analyze global health disparities through a social justice and human rights lens.
  • Understand and analyze the roles and agendas of major players in global health.

Systems Thinking

  • Analyze the complex tapestry and interaction of social, economic, political, and environmental systems that affect global health.


1. Graduate-level global health-related courses, totaling a minimum of 10 credit hours*

a) One foundation course/required course, either HPM 664/MHCH 664, Globalization and Health (3 credits) or PUBH 711, Critical Issues in Global Health (3 credits) *The foundation course cannot count towards your degree credit requirement.*

b) Two semesters of the Global Health Discussion Series (PUBH 500, 1/2 credit hour each semester): Selection of two semesters of monthly Global Health Discussion Series. Attendance is required at a minimum of 4 out of the 5 scheduled evenings each semester. See Discussion Series (PUBH 500) below for more information. *The Global Health Discussion Series cannot count towards your degree credit requirement.*

c) Additional elective global health courses: This is not an exhaustive list of available courses, as new courses are continually being added and there are courses across UNC which might qualify toward the Certificate. If you are interested in taking a course not on the list below, please email the syllabus to globalsolutions@unc.edu to let us determine if it will qualify toward the Certificate program.

We encourage you to conduct an international practicum, but practicum courses and credit hours do not count as an elective or toward the required 10 credits.

*The Graduate School policy regarding students working toward a Certificate and degree concurrently: The total number of academic credits transferred shall not exceed 40% of the total required for a Certificate. Only four credits can be counted towards your degree and the Residential Certificate in Global Health. The remaining 6 global health credits (foundation course, PUBH500, and 2 other global health credits) that fulfill the Residential Certificate in Global Health credit requirement cannot be counted towards your degree requirements.

2. Master’s paper/PhD thesis should have a global health focus

If required by your department degree program, your master’s paper, dissertation, capstone, or equivalent deliverable should have a focus on a global health issue, problem, or concern and should be negotiated with the departmental academic advisor.

a) If you paper/thesis is on a domestic topic, you must include significant global health content (5-10 pages for master’s paper, 10-15 pages for Ph.D. thesis) in the copy turned in to the Office of Research, Innovation and Global Solutions. Global content can be presented throughout the paper, as its own chapter or as an addendum to the original paper.

b) If your final project/master’s paper is a group project (e.g. HB Capstone), 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) OR submit an original 5- 10 page paper related to your global practicum work and/or addressing a global health topic (cannot be a paper that was submitted for course work).

3. Attendance at local global health related events (at least 1 per semester)

For example: Global health events on campus (including speakers, awareness events, and documentary screenings); community events focusing on global health; global health events at other local universities or sessions at conferences

Discussion Series (PUBH 500)

The Global Health Discussion Series (PUBH500) is only open to and is required of all students pursuing the Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health. The course meets in the evening for 1.5 hours, five times a semester. Each session in the series will address a unique topic and might include presentations, screening and discussion of a documentary, discussion of a news report, discussion of a book chapter or article, or attending a special campus speaker’s presentation or event.

Earning a Graduate Certificate in Global Health requires students’ attendance at four of five sessions during each semester registered unless excused by seminar faculty member. No written assignments are required. This course is restricted to those students pursuing the Global Health Certificate; to register, please email globalsolutions@unc.edu.

Spring 2020 Schedule

Time: 5:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 29
Topic: Maps: The Visuals of Global Health
Location: Rosenau 123

Wednesday, February 12
Topic: Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak viewing and discussion
Location: Rosenau 123

Wednesday, March 4
Topic: The Future of Global Health Equity with Paul Farmer
[Tickets are free, but required, and will be available from the Duke Box Office (tickets.duke.edu) on Thursday, February 6, 2020)] Location: Duke University

Wednesday, March 25
English Sall: “Community health and the back bone of global health. What is community health, What Ebola taught us about community health, the current state of things, and barriers to achieving resilient community health systems”
Location: TBD

Wednesday, April 15
Book Discussion: Under the Big Tree: Extraordinary Stories from the Movement to End Neglected Tropical Diseases by Ellen Agler
Location: Rosenau 123


Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health Handbook.

Contact Info


Ishani Patel, Graduate Research Assistant, globalsolutions@unc.edu

GRA Office Hours for Fall 2019:
  • TBD
This Certificate is overseen by: Naya Villarreal, MPH, Program Coordinator, Global Health Solutions and Peggy Bentley, PhD, Associate Dean for Global Health
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