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 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 2017)
2. Global Health Epidemiology and Policy (Fall 2017)
3. Topics in Tropical Infectious Diseases (Spring 2018)
4. Interprofessional Perspectives in Global Health with field study (Spring 2018)
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
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.
Fall 2017 Courses
Topics in Global Health
Dates: Monday evenings beginning August 28, 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Place: BSB 349
Faculty: Dr. Andrea Summer; Dr. Lacey Menkin Smith
Global Health Epidemiology and Policy
Dates: Tuesday evenings beginning August 22, 2017
Time: 5:15pm - 7:00pm
Place: BSB 349
Faculty: Dr. Anbesaw Selassie and Dr. Virginia "Ginny" Fonner