The UI Global Health Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the complex factors influencing health and disease locally and around the world.

The academic curriculum builds upon the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences to help students understand underlying forces such as history, culture, gender and sexuality, economics, politics, race and ethnicity, the environment, law, and technology, which lead to health disparities worldwide. 

The certificate in global health studies is an interdisciplinary program requiring 18 semester hours of course work, a Global Health Project during which students address an important global health issue in a systematic way, and a report and presentation on the completed project.

By providing an introduction to an academic field experience that often is needed in order to be competitive for post-graduate opportunities, the program helps prepare students for careers in global health and for graduate and professional degree programs in the health sciences, public health, law, urban and regional planning, sustainable agriculture, nonprofit management, international development, and more.

The Global Health Studies Program also offers a BA degree and a BS degree (see Global Health Studies BA, BS), as well as a minor. Review our Areas of Study if you are selecting a major. 

Course Work

Course work for the certificate includes required and elective global health studies courses, completion of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS Core) World Languages requirement (or demonstrated proficiency equivalent to that fourth-semester level requirement), and a Global Health Project that culminates in a public presentation and written report on an important global health issue.  

The Global Health Project may be completed as part of a study abroad program, a service learning course, an internship, a volunteer experience, or an independent research project. The experience can be done in either an international setting or in a domestic setting that focuses on global connections. Program faculty and staff help connect students to ethical local, regional, and international opportunities for both academic and co-curricular engagement.   

Review Global Health Studies Certificate in the UI General Catalog to learn more about course requirements. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the global health studies certificate program is competitive and is available to undergraduate, graduate, professional, and non-degree-seeking students currently enrolled at the University of Iowa. Applications for the global health studies certificate are accepted on a rolling basis during the academic year. 

Undergraduates may earn the certificate or the minor in global health studies, but not both. Undergraduates who earn the certificate in global health studies may not earn the major in global health studies.

Application Process

Application Process Tabs

Review our Areas of Study to select a major.


Global Health Studies
Competitive Admission
Global Health Studies Certificate Program