Global Health Certificate

The Global Health Certificate provides learners with an opportunity to explore key institutions, frameworks, and approaches in the field of global health. Scholars may opt to take individual courses or complete four core courses and one elective to obtain the certificate.

The certificate is ideal for students who would like to add global health training to their academic experience. These seminar-style courses are also ideal for clinical residents, fellows, staff researchers, or other health professionals with an interest in global health.

Certificate Requirements

To obtain the UCSF Global Health Certificate, students must register for and complete four of the core global health courses and one elective course.

Core Courses

Year 1: 2019-20

  • GHS 251 Global Health History, Development, and Inequity
  • GHS 253 Global Health Policy
  • GHS 252 Comparative Health Systems and Financing

Year 2: 2020-21

  • GHS 254 Research Ethics and Practice in Global Health
  • GHS 255 Global Health Economics
  • GHS 256 Global Health Architecture and Diplomacy

Course descriptions are available through the University Course Catalog.

Space is limited in the seminar-style courses.

Admission Criteria

The certificate program is open to all UC graduate-level students, faculty and staff. Please see the statement on Enrollment for Non-UC Students.

Eligible candidates must have:

  • Completed, or be enrolled in, an advanced degree program
  • Demonstrated commitment to global health

How to Apply

All prospective students must apply directly to the certificate program and provide the following materials for review:

  • Program application
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Letter of Interest: Address your reasons for applying, prior global health experience with underserved populations, and global health career goals
  • Department approval: UCSF learners need the approval of their home department before they can register

Prospective students may direct inquiries to Inez Bailey, IGHS Director of Education Strategy and Operations.


Courses are free for all UC doctoral students.

All other students, including non-UC learners, will be charged a fee of $900 per unit.

Enrollment for Non-UC Students

Students not currently enrolled in a UC degree program may still apply to the certificate program to gain the core knowledge and skills that the program offers. Upon successful completion of the program, non-UC students will receive a certificate of program completion from the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences. No official UCSF transcript will be issued.