Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health

Students congregate in the Gillings Global Gateway to share their global experiences and interests.

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The Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health is open to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Students enrolled in graduate degree programs of other units at UNC may apply after meeting with the Graduate Research Assistant for the Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health (see Contact Info below). Please email Global Health Solutions to set up an interview at

In conferring a global health certificate, UNC’s school of public health acknowledges students’ capability and capacity to perform as public health professionals with a global perspective and with collaborative and cross-cultural sensitivity and skills:


  • 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)” tab for more information. *The Global Health Discussion Series cannot count towards your degree credit requirement.*

c) Additional elective global health courses: The “Courses” tab provides a list of currently approved School of Public Health courses with global health content. 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 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 Gillings Global Gateway™.

b) 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).

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

For example:

a) Global health events on campus (including speakers, awareness events, and documentary screenings)

b) Community events focusing on global health

c) Global health events at other local universities or sessions at conferences


List of approved courses for the Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health.

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

During Fall 2017, the Global Health Discussion Series will be held on Wednesdays from 5:45-7:15 p.m. on Sept. 13, Sept. 27, Oct. 11, Oct. 25 and Nov. 15.


Students may apply here! Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health Handbook.

Contact Info

For additional information on the Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health please contact:

Emma Green

Graduate Research Assistant

GRA Office Hours for Spring 2018:

  • Mondays: 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays: 8:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 12:30 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays: By appointment

This Certificate is overseen by:
Naya Villarreal, MPH

Program Coordinator, Global Health Solutions


Peggy Bentley, PhD

Associate Dean for Global Health