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The College of Public Health’s initiative in working with Global Health issues is a result of the expansion in global communication, travel and trade which has increased the need for public health practitioners, who understand global health issues that transcend national and continental borders.  Our certificate, courses and research in Global Health are designed to prepare students to meet the growing demand for international and interdisciplinary skills.

Graduate Certificate in Global Health
The Graduate Certificate in Global Health is designed to prepare students to meet the growing demand for international, interdisciplinary skills in areas such as disease and injury prevention, health care, and other health-related disciplines. The Graduate Certificate in Global Health requires completion of 12 regular course credits (generally will be 4 courses) and one 3 credit hour internship.

Spring 2014 Course Offerings

Required Courses:
CPH 605 Epidemiology
CPH 751 Introduction to Global Public Health

Approved Elective Courses:
A&S 500-001 Special Course: NGO’s and Politics of Human Aid
CHE 565-001 Environmental Chemistry
CJT 771-001 Seminar in Health Communications
CPH 641        Public Health and Anthropology

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Global Health Graduate Courses

  • Global Health Internship – This course will consist of an internship in a foreign country, preferably in a resource-limited setting.
  • Intro to Global Public Health – This course will acquaint students with the major issues and challenges for public health in a variety of wealthy, emerging, and impoverished nations and with the impact of local or regional issues on national and/or global levels. Prereq: UK graduate or professional school student status. 

Global Health Programs

  • Leadership in Public Health – This program, sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, will run in conjunction with two Chinese universities, Sichuan University and Wuhan University. The Leadership courses will be taught at Wuhan University and will be delivered to both UK students (MPH & DrPH) and Wuhan University students. The student practicum will be conducted at Sichuan University.

    Highlights include:

    ·  Develop an understanding of the leadership models useful in leading public health organizations

    ·  Engage in the practice of public health, leadership, management, and/or epidemiology in an international setting

    ·  Communicate and collaborate with Chinese public health students on a daily basis

    ·  Explore the history and culture of two provinces in China during free weekends, Hubei and Sichuan

Service Learning

Shoulder to Shoulder Global
recently led 49 University of Kentucky students, faculty, staff and community members in a multidisciplinary health brigade experience to Santo Domingo, Ecuador.

STSG is a UK-based organization that strives to improve the health and well-being of impoverished communities while offering learners the opportunity to work in a multicultural and interdisciplinary setting.