Global Health and Development Graduate Certificate

Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in global health practice, whether at home in a diverse setting, along the border in a bi-cultural environment, or abroad where populations are under-resourced and where health systems are constrained.

Relevant Coursework to Succeed in Global Health Care

In order to be successful, skills are required to identify and delineate critical health and human development issues that confront populations in multiple employment, community and environmental settings.

This 13-unit program covers several critical issues in global health, including, but not limited to, epidemiology and disease control, health systems management, multi-sectoral partnerships, racial, ethnic and cultural disparities, disabilities, gender and health equity, refugee and migrant health, food and nutrition, evidence-based policy and practice, project design, monitoring and evaluation, and the environment, health, and sustainability. 

Prospective Students

This course is offered through UA Online and is for practicing health care professionals or alumni who have completed coursework and are not enrolled as a student. Current PharmD students (who are enrolled through main campus) are not able to be simultaneously enrolled in online campus programs. 


Spring - online
An introduction to the world’s immense diversity of determinants of health and disease. Experience an opportunity to critically appraise health care delivery systems in different parts of the world. Current and emerging global health priorities are analyzed, including emerging infectious diseases, poverty, wars and other civil conflicts, health inequalities, principles and impact of health systems reforms, and major global initiatives for disease prevention including the rapidly growing non-communicable diseases pandemic.

Fall - online
Equips participants with skills in conceptualizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating small-scale projects in global health and development. The course will provide instructions on sources of funding for health and development projects, how to assess and prioritize community health needs, how to write projects goals and objectives that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-framed), and more.

Spring - online
This course focuses on nutritional issues of women and children in low- and middle-income countries. Local and international programs that combat malnutrition will be evaluated in the context of socioeconomic development and current political/economic policies and realities.

Spring - online
The purpose of this course is to equip participants with up-to-date knowledge on major infections of global importance, and prevention and control strategies so that infections and large disease outbreaks can be prevented and/or easily contained.

This course content is negotiated between the student and program director and is tailored to the student's interests.

Online and On Your Terms

The flexible program is designed to be completed at your convenience and is 100% online. No entrance exam is required for admission.

Admissions Criteria

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. The applicant is required to hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA (GPA is based on the last 60 units, or if the applicant has 12 or more graduate units, the GPA will be based on graduate units)
  • One letter of recommendation is required from a supervisor, mentor, or other individual familiar with your work and professional abilities
  • Resume/CV which should include: educational background and employment experience
  • Written statement of background and goals (one page single spaced) that addresses the following questions: (1) Why do you want to enroll in the Global Health & Development graduate certificate? (2) How will the knowledge and skills acquired through your successful participation in this certificate be applied in your current job and/or support your career goals?
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants
  • Applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Application Deadlines

Fall – June 1 | Spring – Oct. 1

Apply Now through the Graduate College


The cost for the certificate includes tuition and fees for a total of 13 credit units, at $1100/credit unit plus the university’s flat AFAT fee assessed each semester.


Elizabeth Hall-Lipsy, JD, MPH
Program Manager, Health Disparities and Outreach
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice and Science
Drachman Hall B207N