Global Health Studies Certificate

Global halth student in Mexico

Global Health Studies certificate graduate student conducting
research on rates of tooth decay in children in Mexico

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Graduate College offers a certificate in Global Health Studies to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The Global Health Studies certificate program is a stimulating interdisciplinary program, requiring 18 semester hours of study, an international experience during which students address an important global health issue in a systematic way, and a report/presentation on the completed international experience. The program helps prepare students for advanced work or careers in global health.


The primary objectives of the Global Health Studies certificate program are to provide:

  • An understanding of related global health phenomena including infectious and chronic diseases, nutrition, changing demographics, public health and health care systems, global climate change, natural disasters, and environmental and sustainability issues.
  • An institutional focus where students and faculty from different departments, colleges, and disciplines can meet on the common ground of shared interests in global health.
  • An introduction to the international field experience that is often needed to be competitive when seeking a career in global health.

Admission (Global Health Studies certificate online application )

Admission to the Global Health Studies certificate program is competitive and available both to undergraduate, graduate and professional students currently enrolled at the University of Iowa who are completing a degree program.  It is also available to graduates of Iowa and other accredited institutions who must first apply through UI Admissions as a "Nondegree Student." Undergraduates may earn the certificate or the minor in global health studies, but not both. Undergraduates who earn the certificate in global health studies may not earn the major in global health studies.

Successful candidates will be in good academic standing and demonstrate an interest in, and understanding of, the field of global health.  Applications for the Global Health Studies certificate are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year.  Please contact the Global Health Studies academic advisor with questions about the certificate or the application process.

Certificate Requirements

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  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or higher in the 18 s.h. of coursework for the certificate.
  • Students must earn at least 12 s.h. for the certificate in courses numbered 3000 or above taken at the University of Iowa.
  • A maximum of 6 s.h. of coursework used to satisfy another major, minor or certificate may be applied toward the certificate.
  • A maximum of 3 s.h. of independent study, study abroad, or internship credit may be applied toward the 18 s.h. required for the certificate.
  • All coursework completed for the certificate must be graded, with the exception of graduate student independent study hours.
  • Students may obtain retroactive credit toward the certificate for coursework completed up to two years previous to entering the program.