James W. Holsinger, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Gerontology
Departments of Preventive Medicine
and Health Services Management
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue, Suite 107
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0003
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue; Suite 204A
Lexington, KY 40536
Expansion in global communication, travel and trade has increased the need for clinical and public health professionals who understand health issues that transcend national and continental borders. 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.
Applicants for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Global Health must be approved for admission by the certificate director, who shall notify the Graduate School in writing of the student’s admission.
Admission to or award of a graduate certificate does not guarantee admission to a degree program in the same or any other discipline.
Deadline: All application materials must be received by June 26th, 2015 for Fall 2015 semester and November 13th, 2015 for Spring 2016 semester. Remember to include adequate time for letters of reference to be submitted.
Pre-approved Certificate courses that have already been completed may count towards the curriculum requirements. (This does not include practicum or research projects). Requests to include these courses are made on the application. No more than six hours previously completed at UK can be counted toward the Certificate.
Students must apply to the UK Graduate School. Graduate School application forms may be obtained through their website at: http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/.
In your personal statement in the Graduate School application, please write an essay that addresses the following points. Please note that your essay length should not exceed 500 words:
- Describe (a) your reason(s) for interest in the Graduate Certificate in Global Health, (b) your career goals in relation to Global Health and (c) the specific topic in Global Health in which you are most interested
- Describe any work experience relevant to Global Health
Official transcripts are required for undergraduate and graduate work from universities other than the University of Kentucky. A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission.
Letters of Reference
The student must have letters submitted on their behalf from two (2) sources. If you are currently pursuing a graduate degree, one reference must be from a faculty member in your academic department.
Questions about the application process? Call Andrea at 859-218-2021.
The Graduate Certificate in Global Health requires completion of 12 regular course credits (generally will be 4 courses) and one 3 credit hour internship.
Courses must include topics related to global health from a medical, cultural, geographical, sociological, or other perspective.
Two courses are required (6 credit hours):
- a health assessment course, usually in the form of an introductory epidemiology course such as CPH 605;
- an introductory course in global health, such as CPH 751.
The other 2 courses (6 credit hours) are electives:
- One of the elective courses must be outside the College of Public Health.
- One elective must be from the following list: (or approved by the certificate director)
Elective Courses (all 3 credit hours)
ANT 646 Global Health: People, Institutions, and Change
CE 655 Water, Sanitation and Health
CPH 641 Public Health and Anthropology
CPH 612 Infectious/Emerging Diseases Epidemiology
GEO 475G Medical Geography
GEO 722 Social Geography
GRN 644 Demography of Aging
ENT 561 Insects Affecting Human and Animal Health
AAS 431G Cultures and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa
AAS 500 NGO's and the Politics of Humanitarian Aid
ANT 580 Advanced Topics in Anthropology: Plaques, Culture and History
ANT 603 Human Biology In Context of Sociocultural Change
ANT 766 Gender, Ethnicity and Health
ANT 774 Food and Food Security in a Changing World (BSC 774)
ANT 775 Culture and Politics of Reproduction
ANT 637 Sociocultural Dimensions of Economic Development (SOC 637)
BIO 582 Virology
BSC 766 Concepts in Medical Sociology (SOC 766)
BSC 763 Seminar on Health Inequities
CHE 565 Environmental Chemistry
CJT 619 Professional Seminar in International/Intercultural Communication
CJT 771 Seminar in Health Communications
CPH 645 Food Systems, Malnutrition, and Public Health
GEO 544 Human Population Dynamics
NUR 752 Culturally Competent Healthcare: Client, Clinician, and Organizational Perspectives
PPS 896 Independent Problems in Pharmacy
The internship is a crucial culminating experience for the certificate. It requires at least a 4-week internship abroad, in or related to a resource-poor or resource-limited setting. It also requires a mentor both at UK and locally. The internship course is CPH 709.
Course Learning Objectives: The internship will provide an opportunity for students to participate in a health-related activity, project or program in a resource-limited setting in a foreign country. This will allow students in the Global Health Certificate Program to acquire direct international experience with relevant, current global health issues, and to integrate and apply knowledge and skills learned in their coursework.
The minimum duration of the internship will be 4 weeks and it will count as 3 credit hours. Each internship will be unique, depending on the student’s background and interest, as well as on the needs and resources of the location where it is conducted. The main activity and setting of the internship can range from providing primary or specialty direct patient care in a hospital, outpatient or other type of medical setting (for students in clinical disciplines); prevention, community health or health education activities in schools, neighborhood meetings or other venues; collection of environmental samples from water, soil, food, etc. For students in the colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the internship may take the form of a rotation.
Internship placements will require completion of an application to be submitted to and reviewed by the certificate director, Dr. Holsinger. The internship application shall include a proposed work plan, with activity and learning objectives, and a mentorship plan which should include a UK-Global Health associate faculty supervisor and a local, qualified mentor or supervisor in the host location.
Approval of the internship application will also include consideration of the student’s background, interests and language capabilities. In addition to the field experience, before traveling the student will complete pre-departure orientation and preparation requirements of the International Center for students studying or working abroad. Upon returning to the U.S., the student must report on the internship experience in the form of a written report, an oral, open presentation or other format, and be approved by the UK-Global Health supervisor, for the completion of the internship.
Exceptions: With approval of the Graduate Certificate in Global Health Program director, international students may be able to conduct the internship in a resource-limited or underserved setting in the U.S. Reduction of the duration of the internship abroad to less than 4 weeks will be considered only in exceptional cases and will require written approval of the certificate director.
Funding for travel and living expenses will be the responsibility of the student, but the certificate director and associate faculty will assist in pursuing travel funds from available sources, such as fellowships, travel awards and financial aid towards study or practice abroad.