Certificate Program in Global Health

The Field of Global Health

The reasons for placing more emphasis on global health education are numerous and transcend the needs of developing countries. As the world population becomes more mobile and diverse, maintaining a healthy domestic population becomes increasingly challenging and requires that all healthcare providers have greater knowledge of diseases that have typically occurred in remote geographical regions. Underserved, multi-cultural and foreign-born populations with inadequate health care are found throughout industrialized nations and their needs are often not sufficiently met by providers who undergo traditional training. Since the majority of students who take courses in global health and/or participate in overseas electives during training go on to devote their professional careers to a domestic endeavor, the major benefit of global health education for our students will be reflected in the high quality, culturally appropriate services that will be provided locally. 


This certificate program is available to MUSC students, staff and faculty; non-MUSC undergraduate and graduate students planning careers in health sciences; and any health care professionals in the community. This will be the final this program is offered. 

Program Description

This continuing education certificate program can be completed in a minimum of one year, and will provide students with a foundation in global health through a combination of coursework, fieldwork and engagement with global health leaders. Students may also enroll in individual Certificate courses with no obligation to complete the entire program.

1.      Intro Course: Topics in Global Health (no longer offered)
2.      Global Health Epidemiology and Policy (Fall 2019)
3.      Interprofessional Perspectives in Global Health with field study (no longer offered)

Students who complete the certificate will achieve the following objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of global health with an emphasis on the prevailing chronic and infectious diseases and their global pattern of distribution
  • Become familiar with the essential  principles of epidemiology that are applied in global health
  • Understand the relationship between development and health
  • Understand the relationship between political and cultural processes and health
  • Become familiar with global and local strategies currently being used to address health inequities and the global burden of disease
  • Gain exposure to different health care systems
  • Understand the basics of how to plan, design and evaluate the effectiveness of a community-based program to address a specific health problem or health disparity

Tuition Fees (per course)

MUSC Students:  $475
MUSC Residents/Trainees/Staff: $490
Non-MUSC Affiliated:  $600


For additional information, including course syllabi, contact Dr. Andrea Summer at summera@musc.edu

Spring 2019 Course:

Global Health Epi and Policy
Dates:       Thursday evenings beginning August 23rd, 2018
Time:        5:15pm - 7:00pm
Place:        EL 118
Faculty:   Virginia Fonner, PhD