The Global Health Studies Program helps prepare students for advanced work or careers in global health. It focuses on how the dynamic processes of change affect health worldwide.

The program examines health issues and health care in light of themes, processes, and institutions such as technologies, cultures, politics, legal structures, histories, and economies.

As a global health studies student, you'll learn about related global health phenomena, such as infectious and chronic diseases, nutrition, changing demographics, public health and health care systems, climate change, natural disasters and their impact on health, environmental and sustainability issues, advances in medical and biomedical technologies, and the relationship between human rights and health. You also will explore international health careers.

The program is interdisciplinary and provides an institutional focus in which students and faculty from across campus can meet on the common ground of shared interests in global health.

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.

Global Health Studies Certificate

Review Global Health Studies Certificate in the UI General Catalog for information about admission and course requirements.

Course Work

Course work for the certificate includes electives, study of a world language, 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 also can be done in a domestic setting that focuses on global connections.  

Students may choose courses offered by the Global Health Studies Program or related courses offered by other programs and departments. Credit toward this certificate may be granted for course work completed up to two years before beginning the program. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Global Health Studies Certificate program is competitive and is available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students currently enrolled at the University of Iowa who are completing a degree program.

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

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Undergraduate certificate programs are available to students once they are enrolled in a degree program at Iowa, or after they have received a bachelor's degree. Review our Areas of Study to select a major.


Global Health Studies
Competitive Admission
Global Health Studies Certificate Program