The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers a Certificate in Global Health Studies to undergraduate, PharmD, and non-degree seeking students. The Global Health Studies certificate is an interdisciplinary program requiring 18 semester hours of coursework, a Global Health Project during which students address an important global health issue in a systematic way, and a report and 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 to the Global Health Studies certificate program requires both admission to the University of Iowa and an application to the certificate program. Applications for the Global Health Studies certificate are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year.  It is required 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 certificate graduation plan. Successful applicants will be in good academic standing and demonstrate an interest in, and understanding of, the field of global health. 

GHS student during her internship in Cape Town, South Africa

Global Health Project  

Certificate students must complete a global health project during which they systematically address an important global health issue. Visit the Global Health Project page for more information.

Public Presentation and Report

Certificate requirements culminate in a public presentation and report. Students enroll in GHS:4990 - Independent Project in Global Health for 1 s.h. with their faculty mentor (or an approved proxy), during the semester when they are completing their report and presentation (and arrange times to meet with their mentor as needed). Contact the GHS Academic Advisor for permission to enroll in GHS:4990 on MyUI. Visit the Global Health Project page for detailed instructions for the report and presentation.

World Language 

Certificate students must complete the GE CLAS Core World Languages requirement or demonstrate fourth-semester-level language proficiency. 

To request approval of a course for the GHS certificate which is not currently on the approved list, students can submit an online course petition.