Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
The Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health is for students wanting to get equipped with the analytical tools and professional skills necessary to address our world’s most compelling issues. Students with a Certificate in Global Health will explore the transnational processes underpinning the global burden of disease and the social determinants of health, as well as related inequalities in access to high-quality medical care.
Students tailor a unique program of study based on their academic, personal and career interests, including 18 credits of coursework and co-curricular experiential engagements.
Upon completion of the students will be able to:
- Understand the global burden of disease, social determinants of health, and treatment disparities from a transnational and historical perspective
- Differentiate current research, programs, strategies, and coordination mechanisms that address these issues in a variety of settings, along with key organizational actors
- Recognize the behavioral and cultural dimensions of health in myriad contexts
- Appreciate how different disciplines approach these issues and apply one or more such approaches to a key question in global health
- Critique different discourses on global health (e.g., medical, policy, anthropological) and communicate effectively about these issues orally and in writing to an interdisciplinary audience.
To enroll in the Undergraduate Global Health Certificate, please click here and complete the survey!
Global Health Certificate Requirements:
Introduction to Global Health (PUBHLT-1001): All students are required to take this course. It is not required to take this course prior to taking other certificate courses. You must be a sophomore, junior, or senior to enroll in this course.
2 courses from the following (3 credits each, taken in any order):
Contemporary Issues in Cross-Cultural Health (NUR-1829)
Cross-Cultural Communication (LING-1263)
Global Health History (HIST-0709)
Introduction to Epidemiology (HRS-1017)
Introduction to Global Studies (PS-0550)
Introduction to Health Economics (ECON-0220)
Patients and Healers: Medical Anthropology 1 (ANTH-1761)
Sociology of Globalization and Health (SOC-0473)
Statistics in the Modern World (STAT-0800)
3 courses (9 credits total) from the Global Health course list.
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- View/Download the Fall 2021 Course List here
- View/Download the Summer 2021 Course List here
- View/Download the Spring 2021 Course List here
- View/Download the Fall 2020 Course List here
- View/Download the Summer 2020 Course List here
- View/Donwnload the Spring 2020 Course List here
- View/Download the Fall 2019 Course List here
Successful submission of a digital portfolio:
This capstone requirement helps students reflect on, synthesize, and communicate their knowledge garnered through the certificate. The e-portfolio is similar to an online resume and can be shared with employers, and graduate schools. Work on the digital portfolio begins with the first class as it requires reflection of coursework. To get started, read these instructions to get you on your way and visit the FAQ. Students should begin building their own e-portfolio once they enroll in the certificate.
Follow the link here to request a template.
Global Health Digital Portfolio Examples:
Schedule a meeting with Elaine Linn to learn more
The Global Health Case Competition, sponsored by the Center for Global Health and the Global Studies Center, brings together undergraduate and graduate students from across Pitt’s campus to form interdisciplinary teams to gain simulated professional experience while developing strategies to address a hypothetical global health scenario. Sign up for the Fall 2021 competition and the videos from top teams from the 2020 competition can be found here.
Congratulations to our Global Health Case Competition 2021 winners!
First Place: Cassandra Morales (Graduate, Pharmacy), Seung Wong Baek (Graduate, Pharmacy), Mabry Smyer (Undergraduate, Neuroscience) Hyun-Ji Sim (Undergraduate, Economics) and Chiayun Cheng (Uundergraduate, Biological Sciences and History & Philosophy of Science)
Second Place: Isabella Mahal (Undergraduate, Political Science), Alexandra Mullen (Undergraduate, Microbiology), Tatiana Matuszewski (Undergraduate, Biological Sciences), and Jorge Antonio Gumucio (Graduate, Public Health)
Watch the 2021 Competition here.