Certificate in Global Public Health

The Certificate in Global Public Health program explores health-related issues affecting populations in the United States and worldwide. Students complete courses covering a range of disciplines and methods relevant to promoting and protecting human health, emerging health issues and healthcare systems.

This certificate enhances students’ preparation for careers in the dynamic, growing field of public health, including clinical graduate training. Students learn strategies for addressing emerging population health issues locally and globally.

The certificate can be pursued by non-UC Berkeley students instate or outside of California, including international students. Current UC Berkeley undergraduate students who complete the same curriculum for an academic distinction enroll in the Summer Minor in Global Public Health Program.


The Certificate in Global Public Health program consists of three required core courses and two elective courses. Some courses are only offered in the summer, or are restricted to or prioritized for public health majors during the academic year.

Go to the Certificate in Global Public Health Curriculum Page for a complete list of required and elective courses.


Students who complete the certificate program can enhance their preparation to pursue careers and jobs in public health departments, hospitals and health systems, health policy, community health settings, non-profit organizations, consulting firms and health related start-ups and private companies. The program can also strengthen student preparation for clinical careers, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, optometry, physician assisting, and mental health and/or graduate degrees in public health, public policy, business, social work, law and city planning.

Even if not used directly in a professional setting or graduate program, the multidisciplinary approach of public health will provide students with a broader understanding of the world and tools to engage and influence their surroundings.

Kimberly Henderson

Program Advisor
Kimberly Henderson


The certificate program is administered by the office for Undergraduate Programs at Berkeley Public Health.

Are You an Undergraduate Student at UC Berkeley?
Learn more about our Summer Minor in Global Public Health program

Looking to Get Your BA?
Learn more about our BA (Bachelor of Arts in Public Health) program