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certificate programs

Students are encouraged to participate in certificate activities during the first year but only need to declare a commitment at the beginning of the final year of school. Certificate Leaders will gladly answer questions at any point in time.


Contact and Certificate Leader:

Jerry Johnson, M.D.

Goal:  To expose students to the concepts of community health and community based research with an emphasis on aging.   Select this link for more information.

certificate in clinical neuroscience

This certificate nutures medical students' interest and involvement in the clinical neurosciences including Anesthesiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neuropathology, Neuroradiology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology.


Seminar participation during MS1 and MS2

Research between MS1 and MS2

2 Neuroscience electives

Scholarly pursuit in a clinical neuroscience

Individual meetings with program directors each year to review plans and progress

Formal recognition of complete participation

Contact and Certificate Leader:

Roy Hamilton, M.D.

Steven J. Siegel, M.D., Ph.D.

Certificate in community health - bridging the gaps option

This certificate program links the training of health and social service professionals with the provision of health-related service to underserved communities.


Bridging the Gaps: Community Health Internship Program (BTG CHIP)
7 week summer internship (applications are generally available in early January and are due towards the end of February).

Bridging the Gaps Seminar Series
Attendance at 6 BTG Seminars between first year and January of fourth year (for schedule and topics see

One Month Elective (choice of 3 sites)
Covenant House
Prevention Point Philadelphia
Wissahickon Hospice

Scholarly Pursuit
At a BTG clinical site (see above)

Contact and Certificate Leader:

Ellen Martinak

Certificate in Community Health - Bridging the Gaps clinical Scholar

Contact and Certificate Leader:

Ellen Martinak

Certificate in Community Health - Sayre Clinic option

This certificate program integrates collaborative care and learning while providing health education and community service.


Choice of one of the two 7 week options below (typically done in the summer between the 1st and 2nd years):

Bridging the Gaps: Community Health Internship Program (BTG CHIP)
7 week summer internship
Community Based Research at Sayre

Community Based Participatory Research Seminar (CBPR)

One Month Elective
at Sayre Clinic

Scholarly Pursuit
at Sayre clinical site

Contact and Certificate Leader:

Katherine Margo, MD

Certificate in Global Health

This certificate program provides students with an in-depth exploration of global health issues through international experiences, coursework, and research.

Contact and Certificate Leader:

Nancy Biller, MA, MPH

Certificate in Healthcare Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology

Contact and Certificate Leaders:

David Asch, MD

Nalaka S. Gooneratne, MD

Shivan Mehta, M.D.

Certificate in Law - for Penn Doctoral and M.D. candidates

This certificate program immerses students in legal issues in their areas of academic interest, explores legal approaches and perspectives, and provides opportunities to engage in legal research.

Certificate in Public Health in Medicine

Contact and Certificate Leader:

Giang Nguyen, M.D.

Certificate in Women’s Health

This certificate program provides concentrated experiences in women's health spanning research, clinical training, and community outreach.

Contact and Certificate Leader:

Hilary R. Bognar, MD, MSCE

Patricia Scott

For more information on Certificate Programs, please contact Helene Weinberg, PSOM Registrar, at

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