The field of global health seeks to promote and protect the health of the global population, including those most vulnerable and under-represented. Global health professionals and students use evidence to identify and address issues of disparity and inequity, which directly aligns with Saint Louis University’s mission and exemplifies the social justice mission of the College for Public Health and Social Justice. Saint Louis University's Certificate in Global Health trains individuals to understand the entities influencing global health; to address social determinants of health from a variety of perspectives; to conduct ethical research; and to develop sustainable, evidence-based interventions.
This certificate program caters to three distinct audiences: 1) working professionals who would benefit from developing global health competencies, 2) graduate students in other disciplines at SLU who seek additional training in the global health field, and 3) students interested in taking a “gap year” between undergraduate and graduate or professional studies.
SLU's Global Health graduate certificate consists of five courses for 15 credit taken over one or two years, depending on the student’s preference and needs. All coursework for this certificate is available in person, with the option to take PUBH 5030 Methodological Approaches to Understanding Population Health online.
Fieldwork and Research Opportunities
There is no internship or practice experience component for the certificate.
Students awarded SLU's Global Health graduate certificate will be prepared to pursue or advance in positions such as a health educator; nonprofit program coordinator; program manager; community health worker' or public health researcher, especially working with marginalized and vulnerable populations either domestically or internationally. Completion of the certificate is also an important career tool and credential for professionals in other roles that intersect with global health, including social workers; nurse home visitors; urban planners; and clinicians, such as physicians and nurses.
Admissions requirements will be the same as for SLU's Master of Public Health program, except no GRE or other standardized admissions test will be required. To apply, applicants will need to submit their transcripts, CV, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation through SOPHAS Express, the common application system for public health schools and programs.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
For more information about student loans, please visit the student financial services office online at http://finaid.slu.edu.
The College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.