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  • Online Graduate Certificate in Global Health

    Advocate for your community — locally and globally — with Drexel’s online Graduate Certificate in Global Health. Offered by the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health, which is ranked in the top 15% in the nation for Best Public Health Schools by U.S. News and Report, this post-baccalaureate global health certificate fits busy lifestyles and requires no on-campus obligations. What’s more, the Dornsife School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

    Designed to introduce you to the field of global health and development in international settings, Drexel Dornsife’s online Graduate Certificate in Global Health exceeds the industry’s standards while sporting a mix of Drexel Dornsife faculty and global health experts. Certificate students take courses alongside Drexel’s online Master of Public Health (MPH) students, and upon graduation, can transfer completed credits directly into the MPH program.

    Global Health Certificate Program Features

    • Global health industry-experienced faculty from Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health, which is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
    • Fully online format that is convenient for busy professionals
    • Upon completion of the Certificate in Global Health, you'll earn 15 quarter credits that may be transferred into our online Master of Public Health program
    • Drexel Dornsife is ranked #1 in Philadelphia and in the top 15% in the nation for graduate schools of public health by U.S. News & World Report

    What is a Graduate Certificate in Global Health?

    Drexel’s Graduate Certificate in Global Health will further your foundational knowledge and practical application of analytical and technical skills that are expected of professionals pursuing careers in the global health and international development fields. Faculty are committed to teaching you how to design, implement, and evaluate public health programs in under-served communities in the US and international and developing countries.

    While learning to translate theory into practical applications to current global health developmental challenges, the 15-credit curriculum includes courses that cover the following public and global health trends:

    • Overview of Issues in Global Health
    • Global Public Health Ethics
    • Health Systems Policy Analysis
    • Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health Programs and Advocacy
    • Outcomes Assessment of Community Health Programs

    Upon earning the global health certificate, you will be prepared to:

    • Work in changing environments and with diverse populations
    • Respond competently to health challenges that transcend geographic and cultural boundaries
    • Identify and analyze factors that impact disparities in health status, health resources, and access to health information and services, particularly for marginalized and vulnerable groups

    Whether you’re seeking to expand your global health knowledge, advance your career, or are ultimately aiming to enroll in Drexel’s online MPH program, the Graduate Certificate in Global Health offers both programs in an autonomous, online format.

    What Jobs Can I Get with a Global Health Certificate?

    After completing the online global health certificate, you will be expertly prepared to respond to health challenges regardless of geographical and cultural impact. In fact, you may be eligible to expand in your current field, such as in nursing, medicine, and healthcare, or pursue the following positions:

    • Clinical Research Professional
    • Community Wellness Administrator
    • Environmental Scientist or Specialist
    • Government Employee
    • Health Educator or Community Health Worker
    • Health Specialist
    • International Recruiter
    • Medical and Health Services Manager
    • Public Health Project Manager
    • Research Associate
    • Urban Planner
    • Water and Sanitation Planner

    As employers seek out public and global health practitioners who are able to identify and analyze varying health resources among the world’s populations, those who complete the Graduate Certificate in Global Health become instantly more attractive to employers in the following fields:

    • Administrative Health
    • Clinical Administration
    • Domestic Health-Oriented Non-Profit Organizations
    • Domestic Hospitals
    • Government Offices
    • Healthcare Consultation and Development
    • International Healthcare Consultant Groups
    • Multinational Corporations
    • Research Programs
    • Support Services
    • World Health Organizations

    Not sure where to start your job search? Don’t worry — online students have the same access to Drexel’s comprehensive career services as students who study on campus. In addition to the Steinbright Career Development Center, online global health students have the support of Symplicity, a portal managed by Dornsife’s Office of Practice, that posts jobs, internships, fellowships, and other global opportunities.

    What Are the Salary Expectations for Careers in Global Health?

    Salary estimates vary in the public and global health industries. Learn more about public health salaries.

    Related Programs

    This program is also available as a graduate minor.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period.

    Required Courses  
    CHP 561 Overview of Issues in Global Health 3.0
    CHP 607 Public Health Ethics 3.0
    CHP 660 Global Health Ethics 1.5
    CHP 661 Monitoring and Evaluation in Global Health Programs and Advocacy 1.5
    CHP 673 Outcomes Assessment of Community Health and Prevention 3.0
    HMP 603 Health Systems Policy Analysis 3.0
    Total Credits 15.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended 
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    Computer Requirements

    Working knowledge of and access to a personal computer (no more than 4 years old), high-speed connection to the Internet, and Microsoft Office applications.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1375 per credit.

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


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