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Program Overview

Advances in science and technology are resulting in globalization or the interconnectedness and interdependence of peoples worldwide. As a result, populations have experienced significant changes in patterns of infectious and chronic disease, as well as an increase in antimicrobial resistance. The emerging field of global health is dedicated to improving health and achieving equity in health for all people, worldwide, and encompasses an approach and unique toolset to work collaboratively across cultures and disciplines.

The Graduate Certificate in Global Health is a flexible, online graduate certificate program designed to introduce students to the concepts and skills needed to address global health challenges. Students complete nine credits in courses focusing on global health practice, global burden of disease, One Health, and evidence-based practice. Credits are transferable to the Master of Science in Global Health.

Program Outcomes

Students will achieve competencies recommended by the Consortium of Universities for Global Health related to professional practice in global health.

Career Impact

Healthcare is one of the fastest growing industries in the 21st century as global societies face emerging complex and challenging health and environment issues. Students of the graduate certificate in global health program come from a wide spectrum of disciplines. Potential opportunities in global health may include working in multi-national organizations, universities, research institutes, non-governmental organizations, global consulting companies, health organization, and government at city, state, and federal levels.



  • OST 822Introduction to Global Health Practice3 Credits


  • OST 821One Health – Transdisciplinary Collaborations to Global Health3 Credits
  • OST 823Global Burden of Disease3 Credits
  • OST 824Emerging Topics in Global Health
  • OST 830Independent Study in Global Health3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree, professional degree, or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience


  4. A written personal statement

    A personal statement - Please address the following questions: o Why are you interested in global health? o How is your experience relevant to global health? o What are you career goals following the Graduate Certificate in Global Health?

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (Program Code: 4226)
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Key Dates

Summer 2021

Application Deadline

April 1, 2020

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

June 15, 2020

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

October 19, 2020

Summer 2021

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

Fall 2021

Application Deadline

June 14, 2021

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $9,360
  • Total


As one of the top research universities in the world, Michigan State University has advanced the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years.

MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community.