Global Health Certificate

The Global Health Certificate program is designed to benefit students who are interested in pursuing careers in this area by allowing them to demonstrate active engagement and longstanding commitment to global health.  It is hoped that this commitment, as documented on the student's academic record, can help to overcome what is often a barrier for professionals seeking their first international health post.

Global Health Certificate Requirements

To earn the Global Health Certificate, students must:

  1. Complete two field experiences (*see Bridging the Gaps below for alternative) lasting a minimum of 4 weeks each but preferably 6-8 weeks, usually between years MS1-MS2 and during MS3-MS4.  To have these experiences qualify, student must:
    • Submit Global Health Experience Registration forms prior to commencement (preferably 6 weeks in advance) of each experience; please note that the Registrar and Global Health Programs will not recognize any experience that is not registered before departure for international location
    • Ensure completion of Evaluation Forms by your mentor/supervisor for the global health experience; you must provide the form to the evaluator before you return to Penn
  2. Complete the Issues in Global Health:  PUBH519, offered by the Master of Public Health program in the Perelman School of Medicine, 1 credit unit, Fall Semester. Note: To request a waiver of PUBH519, please submit to Global Health Programs a transcript and syllabus documenting that the course or courses cover all the material in the PUBH519. If a waiver is granted, you may use another global health-oriented PUBH course to satisfy the certificate requirement. Please contact the Global Health Programs office if you have any questions about course eligibility.
  3. Complete a scholarly pursuit (or equivalent) that has global health relevance.  Please contact Helene Weinberg if you need information about this. 
  4. Submit a Global Health Certificate Request form by the fall of your senior year. 

    *Bridging the Gaps: As an alternative for the summer between MS1 and MS2, students may wish to participate in the Penn Medicine program “Bridging the Gaps, a Community Health Internship Program” and have this experience credited as one of the required experiences for the Global Health Certificate.  To learn about Bridging the Gaps, click here and follow the links for detailed information on program opportunities and program coordinators to contact.

Last updated:  April 1, 2015

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