Certificate Program in Global Health

Thomas Larrew

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. 

Student Voices

“The program gives you a complete picture of global health and insight into health issues crucial to people around the world. You then take what you learn and bring it together in a field study project somewhere abroad."
~ Thomas Larrew, College of Medicine student 

“Through the courses, I was able to blend my passion for global health with my career path."
~ Katie McDevitt, College of Nursing student


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. 

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 (Fall 2016)

2.      Global Health Epidemiology and Policy (Fall 2016)

3.      Topics in Tropical Infectious Diseases (Spring 2017)

4.      Interprofessional Perspectives in Global Health with field study (Spring 2017)

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:  $629
MUSC Residents/Trainees/Staff: $686
Non-MUSC Affiliated:  $984


To enroll in Certificate courses, please register in the Office of Enrollment.

Students new to the MUSC Global Health Certificate Program are welcome to enroll in the Intro Course: Topics in Global Health  and the Global Health Epidemiology and Policy course; however, due to funding constraints, completion of the program cannot be guaranteed at this time.

For additional information, including course syllabi, contact Dr. Andrea Summer at summera@musc.edu or Kathleen Ellis at ellisk@musc.edu in the Center for Global Health. 

Fall 2016 Courses

Topics in Global Health
Dates:       Monday evenings beginning August 29, 2016
Time:        5:30pm - 7:00pm
Place:        BSB 349
Faculty:   Dr. Andrea Summer; Dr. Kenton Holden

Global Health Epidemiology and Policy
Dates:       Tuesday evenings beginning August 30, 2016
Time:        5:15pm - 6:45pm
Place:        EL 109
Faculty:   Dr. Anbesaw Selassie