Academic Programs

Global Health Graduate Certificate Program

The Global Health Certificate Program provides a focused curriculum on global health topics and health issues that reach beyond national boundaries, with an emphasis on health, systems and disease in developing countries. The curriculum includes 5 courses (15 credits).

Required Courses

EPH 621 Fundamentals of Epidemiology (3 credits):
This course serves as a core science course for public health. Fundamentals of Epidemiology will cover elementary biomedical concepts and epidemiological terminology and methods, in order to properly comprehend the epidemiological significance of health conditions of public health importance. This course is an introduction to the study of the distribution, determinants, and measurement of health and disease frequency in populations, including design, methods, and their application to specific health conditions.

EPH 601 Medical Biostatistics I (3 credits):
An introduction to the basic principles of inferential statistics as applied to public health will be the primary focus of the course. Students will be provided with the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to perform analysis of public health data using statistical software.

EPH 612 Global Health (3 credits):
This course examines current global public health issues, governance, and decision-making challenges in developing, middle income, and developed nations. Discussion and analysis focuses on the broader relationship of public health to the political, social, cultural, economic and environmental factors at the local, national, regional, and global levels.

Choose 2-3 of the following courses

EPH 671 Maternal and Child Health (3 credits):
The goal of this course is to provide a broad perspective of the health status of mothers, children and families. Attention will be paid to the biological, social and behavioral factors that determine the health status of these populations; their health and social needs; and programs designed to meet these needs.

EPH 684 Special Topics: Global Outbreak Investigations (3 credits):
This seminar examines current global public health issues and an overview of global outbreak investigations and disease surveillance. The course reviews epidemiologic/outbreak investigations in international settings and provides unique opportunities to learn about health problems in different ecologic, cultural and resource settings. This seminar will also allow students to gather insight into public health surveillance and understand the utility of the ongoing systematic collection, analysis and interpretation of data for use in planning and evaluation of public health.

EPH 722 Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits):
This course emphasizes surveillance, investigation, control, and global health problems related to infectious diseases including the biology of infectious disease systems, development of study designs, epidemiological and biostatistical methods, and the employment of epidemiological methods for addressing major public health issues in international research.

Application Requirements

Requirement Description
Qualifications In order to be considered for this post-baccalaureate certificate, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident who holds an earned bachelor degree.
Application Deadlines Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Keep in mind that it may take 2-4 weeks to review your application.
SOPHAS Express Online Application Apply online through SOPHAS express.

Applicants must use their full legal name as it appears on their passport on all application materials.

Please note that the application and review process for certificates are separate from the MPH application process. Students admitted to the certificate program that later decide to complete a MPH must submit a complete and full SOPHAS application and be considered by the faculty admission committee. Please contact us if you are unsure or have additional questions.

Application Fee

All applicants are required to pay a fee of $50 for use of the SOPHAS express application service.

Official Transcripts

ALL academic records including degree and certificate programs, English language programs, and incomplete coursework/degrees from all previously attended colleges and universities must be submitted with your application.


Upload scanned PDF files of your official documentation in the attachments section of the online application. Students who are admitted to the certificate program will be asked to supply official transcripts upon enrollment.

Test Scores

Certificate applicants are not required to submit GRE exam scores.

Statement of Purpose and Objectives

Your personal essay is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative discussing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. Your statement of purpose should describe your:

  • Reasons for interest in a public health certificate
  • Your specific area(s) of research/professional interest
  • Career goals including how you hope to contribute to public health
  • Reasons for interest in the University of Miami

You are encouraged to compose your statement in a text-only word processor such as Notepad or TextEdit, review your statement for errors, then cut and paste the final version into the text box on your SOPHAS application. You are limited to 1,500 words. Upload your personal statement under the attachments section of the online application.

Resume / Curriculum Vitae All applicants must submit a complete, up-to-date resume / CV that includes all employment, activities, community service, education and academic or professional honors. Upload your resume / CV to the attachments section of the online application. Applicants should remove all biographical information typically found in international CVs such as age, race, marital status, religious affiliation and photographs from their resume / CV.
Recommendations All applicants are required to submit one letter of recommendation from those who are best able to assess your ability to be successful in a graduate degree program. Ideally, your recommenders are recent professors, researchers or employers in a related field. You will be asked for your recommenders’ contact information on the online application under the evaluations section. They will be sent an online form to complete via email. Applications are not reviewed until this requirement is met.