The Online Certificate in Global Health

From the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Improve Health on a Global Scale Through an Online Global Health Certificate

The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers an online global health certificate through its Public Health Leadership Program. Open to working professionals with a bachelor’s degree, this globally-focused program offers a formal academic certificate for students who are not currently seeking a degree.

As a student in the online global health certificate program, you will have opportunities to improve your leadership skills in the face of global health challenges.

With an interdisciplinary focus that examines the complexities of improving health on a global scale, this online graduate certificate aims to strengthen the network of public health practitioners in North Carolina, across the nation, and around the world.


The Online Global Health Certificate at a Glance

9 credit hours across 3 courses

1 course per term

No GRE required

Bachelor’s degree required

Online Global Health Certificate Curriculum

Throughout the course of the Online Global Health Certificate program, you will focus on three main goals: sharing knowledge, developing a collaborative learning approach and expanding your global focus to improve skills for addressing global health issues.

You will take one 3-credit, graduate-level course per term, for a total of 9 credits over three terms.

Course Sequence

The Online Global Health Certificate comprises the following three courses:

  • Critical Issues in Global Health: Through an interdisciplinary perspective, explore contemporary controversies, issues and problems in global health. Examine the many factors that work together to impact global health, analyze disparities in global health and explore global health work and research. This course is the first in the sequence, and is required for all the other courses in the Online Global Health Certificate Program.
  • Global Health Ethics: Discover theoretical and practical aspects of public health ethics while developing your analytical skills. Evaluate issues related to public health policy, justice, interacting with communities and professional conduct. 
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Global Health Programs: Explore the fundamental concepts and tools for monitoring and evaluating public health programs. Public health programs discussed will include HIV/AIDS/STDs, maternal and reproductive health, child health, environment and nutrition. 

Admissions: Online Graduate Certificate in Global Health

Limited spaces are available, and students are advised to apply early. A bachelor’s degree (or international equivalent) is required, and a minimum of 3-5 years of relevant global health or public health work experience is preferred. 


  • Resume or CV 
  • Unofficial transcripts and relevant coursework
  • Statement of purpose
  • TOEFL scores for international applicants

Review a complete list of application requirements and deadlines for the Online Certificate in Global Health.

Global Health Is Rapidly Changing 

Don’t hesitate to advance your skills. Spaces are limited; apply early.


The Online Learning Experience

All classes are taught online, with no required travel to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Classes can be watched with flexible timelines, however, specific activities follow a schedule with deadlines. On average, it takes students 10-12 hours a week to complete the course, which consists of reading, assignments, a discussion forum and tutorials that are done through audio and visual means.

Additional Online Offerings From UNC-Chapel Hill

In addition to the Online Certificate in Global Health, UNC-Chapel Hill offers other online education options in public health.




Make a Global Difference

This certificate provides you with an in-depth level of knowledge that can help accelerate your career in global health, or public health. 

After completing the coursework for the Online Global Health Certificate, you will be ready to tackle critical issues in global health, make ethical global health decisions and monitor and evaluate global health problems. 

Ready to make a difference in local and global communities?


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