PHLP alumnus, Richard Vinroot, working with Medecins Sans Frontieres.

PHLP alumnus, Richard Vinroot, working with Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The Public Health Leadership Program offers an online Certificate in Global Health for working health professionals around the world. The Online Global Health Certificate is a formal academic certificate for non-degree seeking students that examines the complexities inherent in improving health on a global scale.

PHLP has long recognized the challenges which health leaders face throughout the world. It is uniquely positioned through its educational experience and successes in online leadership education not only to meet these challenges but to treat them as opportunities for improving leadership skills of a broader population of worldwide leaders and for training domestic students in the challenges that leaders face on a global basis.

This interdisciplinary Online Global Health Certificate strengthens the global health competencies and abilities of healthcare practitioners throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world.

Course sequencing will be as follows:
Spring: PUBH 711 – Critical Issues in Global Health
Summer: PUBH 714 – Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs
Fall: PUBH 712 – Global Health Ethics


Specific goals of the Online Global Health Certificate:

  1. Expand the global focus of students and professionals in North Carolina, the US and internationally, and specifically, improve their skills to address global health issues;
  2. Develop a collaborative learning approach to sharing the knowledge of global leaders and practitioners with Certificate participants;
  3. Share knowledge on the causes and solutions to global health issues to benefit the changing populations of North Carolina, the United States and worldwide.


The curriculum for the Online Global Health Certificate will include three courses totaling 9 graduate credit hours:

  • PUBH 711 Critical Issues in Global Health: This course explores contemporary issues, problems, and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective; examines the complex tapestry of social, economic, political, and environmental factors that affect global health; analyzes global health disparities through a social justice and human rights lens; and exposes students to opportunities in global health work and research. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the Online Global Health Certificate Program.
  • PUBH 712 Global Health Ethics: This course will introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of public health ethics and develop students’ analytical skills to evaluate ethical issues related to public health policy, prevention, treatment, and research. Topics include: ethical reasoning; concepts of justice; principles of interacting with communities; professional conduct and research. Prerequisite: PUBH 711.
  • PUBH 714 Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs: This course covers the fundamental concepts and tools for monitoring and evaluation of public health programs such as for HIV/AIDS/STDs, maternal health, reproductive health, child health, environment, and nutrition. Basic concepts and practices in M&E will be covered such as performance monitoring, impact evaluation, indicators, information systems, data collection methods, evaluation designs, strategic information in decision making, and communicating results to policymakers. Prerequisite: PUBH 711.

Course Schedule

Spring: PUBH 711 – Critical Issues in Global Health
Summer: PUBH 714 – Introduction to Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs
Fall: PUBH 712 – Global Health Ethics


  • Bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) required;
  • Resume or CV including relevant global health or public health work experience (minimum of 3-5 years preferred);
  • Statement of Purpose;
  • Transcripts (unofficial) required for every college/university attended; include any relevant completed coursework. Please indicate degree and date received;
  • TOEFL scores (within past two years) for international applicants.


Applications for Spring 2024 start term opens: August 16, 2023 through December 4, 2023. Please note that there are limited spaces available in the program. Thus, applying early will provide a better opportunity for admission.

To begin the application process, please visit the Application Management form. If you have problems with the online form, please contact us at phlp@unc.edu.


For more information regarding tuition rates, please consult the UNC Finance Office‘s tuition rates document (see Off-campus Programs tuition rates). Please note that the certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid at UNC-CH.

Contact Us

For additional information about the Online Certificate in Global Health program, please go to the Certificate FAQ page or contact phlp@unc.edu.

Contact Public Health Leadership

135 Dauer Drive
4104 McGavran-Greenberg Hall, CB #7469
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7469
(919) 966-5285