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 is an interdisciplinary program requiring 18 semester hours of study, a Global Health Project during which students address an important global health issue in a systematic way, and a report/presentation on the completed project. By providing an introduction to an academic field experience that is often needed in order to be competitive for post-graduation opportunities, the program helps prepare students for advanced academic work and careers 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.

Graduate and professional students completing the global health studies certificate must consult their academic programs for policies governing application of credit from course work completed for graduate/professional degrees to the certificate.

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.  It is highly recommended that students meet with the Global Health Studies academic advisor before submitting an application in order to discuss the certificate requirements and the feasibility of a GHS certifcate graduation timeline. 

Certificate Requirements

Global Health Studies Certificate Summary

  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or higher in the 18 s.h. of coursework for the undergraduate certificate, and 2.5 or higher for the graduate 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.
  • All coursework completed for the certificate must be graded, with the exception of graduate student independent study hours.
  • Students must either complete the UI CLAS Core World Languages requirement, or demonstrate language proficiency which is equivalent to that requirement (i.e. fourth-semester level). 
  • Students must meet regularly with the Global Health Studies academic advisor and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward completion of the certificate (or they may be dropped from the certificate program).
  • Students may obtain retroactive credit toward the certificate for coursework completed up to two years previous to entering the program.