Undergraduate Global Health Certificate

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. 

Global Health Case Competition

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.  In October 2020, teams had to present a plan to strengthen health systems in post-Ebola Libera. Missed the Competition? View it here!

Congratulations to our Global Health Case Competition 2020 winners!
First Place: Eva Brady, Emily Crisan, Haley Marra, Vishan Ramanathan, Sophie Tayade
Second Place: Joseph Danvers, Jasmine Dioguardi, Naomi Gurewitsch, Mahima Sindhu, Yuchen Zhang

You can view the first and second place winners above.

Stay tuned for the fall 2021 sign up!
Questions? Please contact Elaine Linn.

To enroll please click here and complete the survey!

Global Health Requirements:

*Schedule a meeting with Elaine Linn to learn more*

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. 

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 global health course list.

View/Download the Fall 2021 Course List here
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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 carefully curated and narrated global health education experience is available for external audiences.. 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 explore this Global Studies mock-up template. Student should begin building your own e-portfolio once they enroll in the certificate.

Follow the link here to request a template.


Global Health
Amina Chtourou ’20 (Neuroscience) https://ucisportfolios.pitt.edu/aminachtourou/
Nithya Narayanana ’20 (Bioengineering) https://ucisportfolios.pitt.edu/nithyanarayanana/
Evelyn Bigini ’20 (Nursing) https://ucisportfolios.pitt.edu/evelynbigini/
Katherine Rhode ’20 (Bioengineering) https://ucisportfolios.pitt.edu/katherinerohde/coursework/