College of Public Health students graduating

Certificate in Global Health

Graduate School Certificate Application

Certificate Director
Tisha K. Johnson M.D., M.P.H.
Department of Preventive Medicine
& Environmental Health
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue, Suite 105
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0003
(859) 218-2233 (O)

Certificate Coordinator
Jamie Hunt
Certificate Coordinator
College of Public Health
111 Washington Avenue; Suite 111
Lexington, KY 40536
(859) 323-7341

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.

Application Process

Deadline: All application materials must be received by July 31, 2017 for Fall 2017 semester and November 30, 2017 for Spring 2018 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:

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
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. International transcripts must be translated using WES or a similar organization.

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 Jamie at 859-323-7341.


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):

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)

CE 655 Water, Sanitation and Health

CPH 612 Infectious/Emerging Diseases Epidemiology

CPH 662 Public Health Response to Terrorism and Disaster

GEO 475G Medical Geography

GEO 722 Social Geography

GRN 644 Demography of Aging

ENT 561 Insects Affecting Human and Animal Health

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 637 Sociocultural Dimensions of Economic Development (SOC 637)

BIO 582 Virology

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

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. Johnson. 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.