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Global Health & Development (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

To our friends, neighbors, and colleagues across the globe, welcome, benvenuto, bienvenidos, Shalom, Karibu, Soo Dhowow, jī āiā nū̃! 

This Global Health & Development Graduate Certificate Program is the product of many thoughtful scholars whose goal is to share knowledge that will improve health and well being all people around the world.  Your participation in this program assures that the most up-to-date thinking in public health becomes readily available to communities virtually everywhere.

This is an exciting time for public health, a time for unearthing new ways to approach old problems through breathtaking technological advances.  Less than two decades ago the World Wide Web was an interesting toy; now it is the world’s central nervous system bringing together people and ideas in historically novel ways.  Wireless technologies are rapidly transforming the ways people communicate – voice one day, text the next.  Public health has barely scratched the surface of insight into how these, and future, technologies can change our research and our practices.

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH) houses the Global Health Institute (GHI), one of the many centers of excellence in education, research, and service of the University of Arizona’s Health Sciences Center.  GHI is dedicated to finding evidence-based solutions to global health problems through the education and training of tomorrow’s global health leaders. It is a unique partnership that promotes collaboration between the University of Arizona, partner universities, organizations, and individuals around the world. 

The Graduate Certificate in Global Health & Development is one of the flagship education programs of the GHI. Designed for professionals and those entering the field of global health, this online program is a flexible, academically rigorous option for those who wish to balance coursework and career, while maintaining an environment of utmost academic rigor. The course meets the need for skill enhancement for both foreign and domestic individuals who have limited time to pursue a campus-based full degree program.

Thank you for joining our global health learning community. We hope your participation in this Global Health Certificate program will give you the tools to expand the vistas of public health in your community and in our world! 

John E. Ehiri, PhD
Program Director and Professor


Department/Academic Unit(s)

College of Public Health -

Arizona's first and only accredited college of public health, the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is uniquely situated in the culturally rich and diverse Southwest. Distinguished for our outstanding community-based research and for our focus on eliminating health disparities among populations of the Southwest and globally, the UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers tremendous opportunities to its students for education, research and community involvement.

The College of Public Health's interdisciplinary activities are enhanced by being part of the Arizona Health Sciences Center with campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. The College consistently ranks among the top five in American Indian and Hispanic graduates and students enrolled among accredited schools of public health, according to recent data from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. In addition, the University of Arizona is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities, a prestigious organization that recognizes universities that have developed exceptionally strong overall research and academic programs.

College of Public Health  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Michael J Tearne
Graduate Program Coordinator
Michael J Tearne
Director of Graduate Studies
Chris Tisch
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Global Health & Development Graduate Certificate are required to submit the following application materials:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduated and graduate institutions attended. The applicant is required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA (GPA is based on the last 60 units, or if the applicant has 12 or more graduate units, the GPA will be based on graduate units)
  • One letter of recommendation is required from a supervisor, mentor, or other individual familiar with your work and professional abilities
  • Resume/CV which should include: educational background and employment experience
  • Written statement of background and goals (one page single spaced) that addresses the following questions: (1) Why do you want to enroll in the Global Health & Development graduate certificate? (2) How will the knowledge and skills acquired through your successful participation in this certifcate be applied in your current job and/or support your career goals?
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants
  • Applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Standardized Tests

International applicants are required by the UA Graduate College to submit a TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the iBT (web-based) test. For students who take the IELTS examination, an overall score of 7 is required, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual band or module.  TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be dated within two years of the year of enrollment. 

Financial Aid

The cost for the Global Health & Development Graduate Certificate includes tuition and fees for a total of 13 credit units, at $1100/credit unit plus the university's flat AFAT fee assessed each semester. Students eligible for Qualified Tuition Reduction as a university employee, spouse or eligible dependent of a university employee may use this benefit to offset a majority of the cost. Certificate students are ineligible to receive most other forms of financial aid (including federal loans and graduate assistantship benefits).

Admissions Deadlines

U.S. and International Applicant Deadlines:

  • Fall admission:  May 15
  • Spring admission:  September 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements



CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to the world’s diversity of health determinants. It will appraise major global health and development challenges, policies, and programs.

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course introduces students to the world’s immense diversity of determinants of health and disease. It provides an opportunity for students to critically appraise health care delivery systems in different parts of the world. Current and emerging global health priorities are analyzed, including emerging infectious diseases, poverty, wars and other civil conflicts, health inequalities, principles and impact of health systems reforms, and major global initiatives for disease prevention including the rapidly growing non-communicable diseases pandemic. New health challenges brought about by globalization, environmental changes, and economic development are discussed. It is expected that at the end of this course, students will have acquired competence in appraising the role of social, cultural, and economic factors in global health.


CATALOG DESCRIPTIONThis course will equip students with skills in conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating small-scale projects in global health and development.

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course is designed to equip participants with skills in conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating small-scale projects in global health and development. The course will provide instructions on sources of funding for health and development projects, how to assess and prioritize community health needs, how to write projects goals and objectives that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed), how to select appropriate designs (including how to develop project conceptual and theoretical models), how to collect and organize data, how to implement and evaluate the project, including how to develop project logic models, how to develop and justify a budget, how to foster community participation, and approaches to promote project sustainability.


CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on nutritional issues of women and children in low and middle income countries. Local and international programs that combat malnutrition will be evaluated in the context of socioeconomic development and current political/economic policies and realities.

COURSE OVERVIEW:  This course is designed to equip participants with skills in analyzing major food and nutritional issues that affect health, survival, and human development in resource-limited settings. Course participants will review and appraise previous and current initiatives for addressing hunger and food insecurity at household, community, national, and international levels. The use of alternative technologies and micro-enterprise approaches to address hunger and food insecurity at the household and community levels will be discussed.


CATALOG DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this course is to equip participants with up-to-date knowledge on major infections of global importance, and prevention and control strategies so that infections and large disease outbreaks can be prevented and/or easily contained.

COURSE OVERVIEW: Participants will also gain insight into how prevention and control programs can be integrated to deal with co-infections, especially in the case of immune deficiency as occurs with HIV and other infections. We will begin by examining how human behavior and environmental factors may influence infectious disease occurrence/outbreaks and then study vaccine preventable infections. We will also cover HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and malaria and diarrhea as specific major infections. The influences of the environment on a tropical disease such as malaria often differ from those predominating in temperate areas due to environmental factors such as climate and the presence of insect vectors. For each disease we will identify the agent(s) responsible for the disease, fundamentals of the clinical course/pathogenesis, mode of transmission including any vectors which may be involved, the geographical distribution and the number of individuals affected or at risk, the descriptive epidemiology including elements of the population most at risk, the principal methods available for control (e.g., vaccines, environmental control, behavior modification) and usual or new methods of treatment. This course addresses the discipline-specific competencies of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) for the domains on epidemiology (“the study of patterns of disease and injury in human populations and the application of this study to the control of health problems”) and public health biology (“the ability to incorporate public health biology – the biological and molecular context of public health – into public health practice”).


CATALOG DESCRIPTION: This course content is negotiated between the student and program director and is tailored to the student's interests.

Minor Requirements
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