Global Health

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About the Program

Help improve international healthcare quality and access when you add a Certificate in Global Health—offered through Case Western Reserve University’s Department of Pathology and partnering departments—to your graduate studies at CWRU.

By earning our certificate, you'll learn pertinent global health concepts that will help you address issues across various disciplines, thanks to the expertise of faculty members from the Center for Global Health and Diseases and within our School of Medicine and College of Arts and Sciences

With this certificate, you’ll be better prepared for diverse careers—from becoming anything from a health promotions coordinator, advocacy manager, physician and environmental scientist to public health advisor, global health educator, and health and safety coordinator.

What to Expect

Whether you're studying anthropology, mathematics, pediatrics, or one of our other supported programs, you'll have the opportunity to pursue your academic (and professional) objectives through our certificate program's diverse educational activities in global health. 

While specific certificate requirements depend on your chosen discipline (and department), you'll be required to complete a standard course on the fundamentals of global health to understand concepts and vocabulary that will facilitate meaningful communication with your peers across various disciplines. 

You'll also take two to three additional interdisciplinary courses related to international and health issues, such as medical Spanish, to reinforce your skills and promote a broad understanding of global health issues. Or, you can opt to complete a project with the faculty's permission.

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Beyond the Classroom

In the Center for Global Health and Diseases, you’ll have the chance to discover the wide-ranging research topics being studied and find opportunities to collaborate with other research programs across campus, such as the Tuberculosis Research Unit, Center for AIDS Research, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Department of Anthropology. and other university partnerships

Or, extend your training beyond the traditional classroom and laboratory settings through hands-on opportunities at world-renowned hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center, Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and University Hospitals, located within our local healthcare hub of Cleveland.

By the Numbers


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Admission Requirements

Only students enrolled in the following CWRU programs (and departments) may apply for the certificate:

  • Anthropology
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
  • Medicine
  • Nursing

To be formally recognized as part of this program, please contact a participating faculty member.

There is no deadline for participation.

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