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The Global Health Certificate recognizes knowledge and understanding of research methods, research ethics, and emerging issues in global health. In addition, students explore a global health topic of their choice through an in-depth independent capstone project.

All qualifying juniors or seniors who have either fulfilled the requirements of the certificate or who have plans to complete the requirements prior to graduation (including approved and/or funded research/ internship experiences) are eligible. 

Objectives of the Certificate Program

  • To instruct students in the fundamental principles of global health with emphasis on current and emerging issues in global health, health policy, planning, ethics, research methods and healthcare delivery science. 
  • To allow students to concentrate on a specific global health challenge or issue through an independent experiential learning capstone project.
  • To prepare students for further study in global health or internationally-focused careers in academia, civil society, industry, government or health care.
  • To compliment curricular developments in Global Health at Dartmouth.

The certificate requires successful completion of two required and two elective courses in global health as well as the completion of a capstone experience or project which must represent work completed independently of a class. Examples of past capstone experiences include: global-health related internship, qualifying lab work or an independent research project.

Required Courses

One course from the "topics, concepts and issues in global health" group:

  • Global Health and Society (Geography 02) 
  • Anthropology of International Health (Anthropology 55)
  • Global Health Systems (Sociology 68)
  • Emerging Infectious Diseases: How Microbes Rule the World (Biological Sciences 11)
  • Gender and Global Health (Women's and Gender Studies 61.5)
  • Global Environmental Health (Environmental Studies Program 28)
  • The Geographies of Health and Disease (Geography 56)


One course from the "research methods and ethics" group:

  • Essentials of Global Health Research (International Studies 87.1) (not currently offered)
  • Introduction to Research Methods in Medical Anthropology (Anthropology 56)
  • Applications of Calculus to Medicine and Biology (Math 4)
  • Econometrics (Economics 20)
  • Biostatistics ( Biological Sciences 29)
  • Statistical Methods in Engineering (Engineering 93)
  • Socio-Ecological Research Methods (Environmental Studies 83)
  • Introduction to Data Analysis or Data Analysis (Math and Social Science 15 or 45)
  • Research Methods Course: Government 10, Economics 10, Mathematics 10, Public Policy 10, Psychology 10, Social Sciences 10 or Sociology 10

*Requests for substitutions of the required courses must be approved by the Certificate Advisory Committee.

**Students enrolled in the Global Health Minor offered through the department of Anthropology are eligible for the Certificate with the requirements of one of the required courses listed above (or substitute by petition) and the completion of the capstone project described in detail in the "Capstone" tab.


Students are allowed to choose two elective courses from a pre-selected list of available courses with a primary global health emphasis. Elective courses provide students with opportunities to hone core competencies within an area of interest. Students may petition the Certificate Advisory Committee for approval of courses to meet the elective requirement that have not been pre-approved by the committee. 

xls Current List of Pre-Approved Certificate Electives 


The Dickey Center emphasizes the importance of experiential learning through internships, mentored-research experiences and independent research projects. The purpose of the capstone project is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate and practice core competencies in global health. The capstone experience can take place either on or off campus and does not require international travel or funding. Capstone experiences must represent work completed independently from a class and be completed prior to the application deadline (in the case of an honors thesis, a chapter and abstract may be submitted) Capstone experiences include, but are not limited to, global-health related internships, research and lab-work.

Example of Capstone Projects:

  • Two-Three chapters from an honors thesis involving primary research ona global health topic or issue
  • 5-7 page paper written on a global health topic based on student's personal field experience. 
  • Curated photo essay of original work in the Russo Gallery at Dickey which illuminates a global health issue.
  • Published article based on independent or faculty-mentored research.
  • Presentation of global health field experience at the Forum for Global Learning (held on MLK day), Global Health Day or an external conference.
  • Documentry or multi-media presentation with public viewing opportunity (scheduled before Certificate application date).

Students interested in pursuing the Certificate in Global Health must recieve approval for the capstone experience from the GHI Program Manager.

Credit for the capstone experience can be obtained through any of the following mechanisms: 5-7 page paper linking internships or research to specific global health issues or themes, research paper/ thesis, multi-media presentation, published article, presentation at global learning conference or poster presentation during senior week.


Application deadline:  5/7/14

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Click Here to complete the online application.


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