Certificate in Global Public Health (GPH)

As the world becomes more interconnected, our communities and populations face increasingly complex and global health challenges involving cultural and social factors, environmental and geographic influences, and economic and political dynamics. Addressing these global public health challenges requires innovative approaches from multiple disciplines.

Global Public Health is a track of the Public Health Certificate designed specifically for IAFS students. The Global Public Health track encourages IAFS students to extend the breadth of their undergraduate education to include elements of public health. A background in the sciences or an interest in medical careers is not required for participation in the certificate program. The certificate opens opportunities for graduate study and careers in fields of policy, health care, and development, and with government, NGOs, and non-profits.

The certificate requires a minimum of 21 credit hours for completion of the program. Students are responsible for identifying and completing course prerequisites prior to enrolling in certificate courses. A grade of C- or better is required for all courses applied towards the certificate. Degree seeking students must also complete all requirements for their respective majors as well as their College core curriculum.

**All classes marked with an asterisk fulfill IAFS major requirements**

1. Biological Sciences: (Lower division) - 3 credits

MCDB 1030 (3) Introduction to Molecular Biology OR MCDB 1111
MCDB 1030 is designed for nonmajors. Introduces the foundation of molecular, cell, developmental and evolutionary biology in the context of human development and disease. Including how the immune system works to protect us from infections and technologies being developed towards the goal of better health around the world. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: natural science.

 2. Statistics: (Lower/upper division) - 3 credits

ANTH 4000 (4) Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
ECON 3818 (4) Intro to Statistics with Computer Applications
GEOG 3023 (4) Statistics for Geography
PSCI 2075 (3) Quantitative Research Methods
SOCY 2061 (3) Intro to Social Statistics

3. Core Courses (Upper division) - 6 credits

GEOG 3692 (3) Intro to Global Public Health *
IPHY 3490 (3) Intro to Epidemiology

4. Global, Population, and Environmental Health - 6 credits

ECON 4646 (3) Health Economics
ENVS 3525 (3) Health and the Built Environment
GEOG 3682 (3) Geography of International Development *
GEOG 4732 (3) Population Geography
GEOG 4852 (3) Health and Medical Geography *
IAFS 3000 (3) Special Topics: Global Health Issues *
IPHY 4890 (3) Community-Based Primary Health Care
MUEL 3862 (3) Music and Global Health *
PHIL 3160 (3) Bioethics
PSCI 4012 (3) Global Development *
SOCY 4052 (3) Social Inequalities in Health *
SOCY 4007 (3) Global Human Ecology *
WMST 3510 (3) Gender, Sexuality and Global Health *

5. Off Campus Experience – 3 credits

IAFS majors on the Global Public Health certificate track must focus their 3 required credits of Off-Campus Experience on some application of public health. This may include a CU Boulder Study Abroad program course on some aspect of public health (e.g., the Costa Rica Global Seminar, IPHY 4890: Community-Based Primary Health Care, if not counted for requirement #4 above), the IAFS 4930 internship class with a placement at a public health agency or non-profit, or a relevant  CU in DC class or internship. 

To apply to the Global Public Health track of the Public Health Certificate, visit the public health enrollment webpage.

For more information, contact the Public Health Certificate Director, Colleen Reid at Colleen.Reid@Colorado.EDU.