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Global Health, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The field of global health seeks to promote and protect the health of the global population, including those most vulnerable and underrepresented. Global health professionals and students use evidence to identify and address issues of disparity and inequity, which directly aligns with Saint Louis University’s mission and exemplifies the social justice mission of the College for Public Health and Social Justice. SLU's certificate in global health trains individuals to understand the entities influencing global health; to address social determinants of health from a variety of perspectives; to conduct ethical research; and to develop sustainable, evidence-based interventions. 

Curriculum Overview

This certificate program caters to three distinct audiences:

  1. Working professionals who would benefit from developing global health competencies
  2. Graduate students in other disciplines at SLU who seek additional training in the global health field
  3. Students interested in taking a “gap year” between undergraduate and graduate or professional studies. 

SLU's global health graduate certificate consists of five courses totaling 12 credits taken over one or two years, depending on the student’s preference and needs. All coursework for this certificate is available in person, with the option to take PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health online.


Students awarded SLU's global health graduate certificate will be prepared to pursue or advance in positions such as a health educator, nonprofit program coordinator, program manager, community health worker, or public health researcher, especially working with marginalized and vulnerable populations either domestically or internationally.

Completion of the certificate is also an important career tool and credential for professionals in other roles that intersect with global health, including social workers, nursing home visitors, urban planners, and clinicians, such as physicians and nurses.

Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a bachelor's degree, preferably with a minimum 3.00 grade point average. Applications are reviewed on a holistic and rolling basis. To apply, applicants will need to submit their transcripts, CV, personal statement and two letters of recommendation through SOPHAS Express, the common application system for public health schools and programs.  


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Graduate Tuition $1,370

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Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). To see our most recent accreditation documentation, please visit the College for Public Health and Social Justice website.

  1. Graduates will be able to analyze the roles, relationships and resources of the entities influencing global health.
  2. Graduates will be able to apply ethical approaches in global health research and practice.
  3. Graduates will be able to propose sustainable and evidence-based multi-sectoral interventions, considering the social determinants of health specific to the local area.
GLOH 5000Introduction to Global Health3
GLOH 5200Global Health and Implementation Science3
PUBH 5030Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health3
GLOH 5705Practice in Global Issues3
Total Credits12

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
GLOH 5000 Introduction to Global Health 3
GLOH 5200 Global Health and Implementation Science 3
GLOH 5705 Practice in Global Issues 3
PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health 3
 Total Credits12

PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health (3 cr) may be replaced with an Elective, if previously taken

Program Notes

This certificate may be completed concurrently with any M.P.H. degree.

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions, please contact:
Bernie Backer
Director of graduate recruitment and admissions