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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 12, 2024
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Global Health Certificate

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University of Pittsburgh
University Center for International Studies
Global Studies Center
Elaine Linn, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs
4100 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412-648-2113

With the CERTIFICATE IN GLOBAL HEALTH, undergraduates can tailor a program of study to suit their academic, personal, and career interests. There is no additional cost to enroll, and most students will be able to complete the requirements within a standard four-year program of study. There are many options for related study abroad and co-curricular activities.

What You’ll Learn

Students who complete the certificate should be able to:

  • Understand the global burden of disease, social determinants of health, and treatment disparities from transnational and historical perspectives
  • Differentiate among research, programs, strategies, and coordination mechanisms that address these issues in a variety of settings and the organizations that promote them
  • 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.

Program Requirements:

The certificate requires 18 credits of coursework, distributed as follows:

Required Course

Global Health Electives

Students can further personalize their course of study through electives offered by departments and schools across campus (9 credits total), including additional courses from the “core” list. A comprehensive list of courses is available prior to registration each term here. Students may also receive credit through their home department for related field visits, internships, community-based research, and other experiential learning as well as 1-credit “pop up” courses. Students should consult the advisor about these options.


Students create a dynamic portfolio that curates and narrates their global health education and co-curricular experiences for external audiences.

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