Global Health

Address health disparities and health challenges that transcend national boundaries. The UW–Madison Capstone Certificate in Global Health provides a range of field experiences to fit your interests and schedule.


Is this program right for you?

A concern for public health and a desire to work in collaboration with underserved communities make you the ideal candidate for a Capstone Certificate in Global Health from UW–Madison.

You will gain marketable skills in the growing field of global public health, while gaining an understanding of the multiple and complex lenses through which health and disease must be viewed. Many of our students work in a health science or medical field and wish to broaden their skills. Others come from fields such as environmental planning, engineering, or international policy and seek to strengthen their ability to work with communities around the world.

Our evening courses accommodate students who hold full-time jobs. As you work through the classes, you narrow your scope of interest and prepare for a local or global field experience. Your studies may focus on health promotion, detection and treatment of diseases, prevention and management of outbreaks, health policy, environmental health, or other interdisciplinary topics. We will connect you with an advisor who will help you define and develop your field project experience and write a short academic paper.

Your credit-based field experience is one of the highlights of the UW–Madison Global Health Capstone Certificate program. The field experience must be in a setting relevant to global health and is generally carried out during the winter, spring, or summer break; one week on site is equivalent to one credit. You may elect to do a faculty-led group field experience through the Global Health Institute or design an independent field experience at a site of your choice, either inside or outside of the United States. You may also seek to work with an international agency, such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a non-governmental organization.

Whether you want to work with international populations or the increasingly diverse communities within the United States, the UW–Madison Capstone Certificate in Global Health will give you a greater understanding of the health challenges facing our world today.

Is this program right for you?

A concern for public health and a desire to work in collaboration with underserved communities make you the ideal candidate for a Capstone Certificate in Global Health from UW–Madison.

You will gain marketable skills in the growing field of global public health, while gaining an understanding of the multiple and complex lenses through which health and disease must be viewed. Many of our students work in a health science or medical field and wish to broaden their skills. Others come from fields such as environmental planning, engineering, or international policy and seek to strengthen their ability to work with communities around the world.

Our evening courses accommodate students who hold full-time jobs. As you work through the classes, you narrow your scope of interest and prepare for a local or global field experience. Your studies may focus on health promotion, detection and treatment of diseases, prevention and management of outbreaks, health policy, environmental health, or other interdisciplinary topics. We will connect you with an advisor who will help you define and develop your field project experience and write a short academic paper.

Your credit-based field experience is one of the highlights of the UW–Madison Global Health Capstone Certificate program. The field experience must be in a setting relevant to global health and is generally carried out during the winter, spring, or summer break; one week on site is equivalent to one credit. You may elect to do a faculty-led group field experience through the Global Health Institute or design an independent field experience at a site of your choice, either inside or outside of the United States. You may also seek to work with an international agency, such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a non-governmental organization.

Whether you want to work with international populations or the increasingly diverse communities within the United States, the UW–Madison Capstone Certificate in Global Health will give you a greater understanding of the health challenges facing our world today.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
  • Have interest and/or experience in a global health-related field.

To apply:

  • Online application to UW–Madison as University Special Student.
  • Online application to the Global Health Institute.
  • Statement of interest.
  • CV/Resume.
  • Official transcripts.

Applications accepted for fall enrollment.

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Program highlights

  • As you work through the classes, you will narrow your scope of interest and prepare for a local or global field experience.
  • You work one-on-one with an advisor to define and develop your field project experience and write a short academic paper.
  • Our program offers special field experiences. You can work with a faculty-led group or and independent field experience in or out of the United States, allowing you to apply concepts you learn in the real world.

How you'll learn

  • Attend classes on-campus, and complete a field experience inside or outside of the United States

Sample curriculum

  • Fundamentals of International Health Care Systems
  • Topics in Epidemiology: Global Health
  • Foundations for Global Health Practice
  • Global Health Field Experience

Job outlook

Top Job Titles
  • Registered Nurse
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Public Health Nurse
  • Health Manager
  • Epidemiologist

Market Salary
$64K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
14.6% for Health Educators (2016-2026)

Job Postings
10,717 in 2018

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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