Undergraduate students from across campus are encouraged to consider completing the Certificate in Global Health.  There are no prerequisites for declaring, and students pursuing the program are encouraged to declare as early as possible so that they can best align the coursework with their interests and plan their field experience.

Students can declare the program by scheduling an appointment with their assigned Global Health advisor, or by filling out the online declaration form on the program’s website

Students declared in the certificate should plan to complete the program before or alongside their degree and major requirements, as they are not able to extend their time on campus to complete a certificate.  Students declared in the Global Health major are not eligible to declare the certificate.  Students may not declare both the Certificate in Global Health and the Health and the Humanities Certificate.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum grade of C in all certificate coursework
  • At least 50% of certificate coursework taken in residence
Core Courses
NUTR SCI/​AGRONOMY/​ENTOM  203 Introduction to Global Health3
MED HIST/​ENVIR ST  213 Global Environmental Health: An Interdisciplinary Introduction 13
or POP HLTH 370 Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives
Field Experience1-4
Field experiences are a central component of the certificate program, and range in length from one week to an entire semester.
Global Health Field Experience
Health and Illness Concepts with Individuals, Families, and Communities: Experiential Learning
Global Health and Communities: From Research to Praxis
Earth Partnership Restoration Education: Indigenous Arts & Sciences
Earth Partnership: Restoration Education for Equity and Resilience
Select from electives list (see below) to reach a minimum of 15 credits total for the certificate.
Total Credits15

Global Health electives grouped by functional AREA

Agronomy/Horticulture/Plant Breeding
AGRONOMY 377 Global Food Production and Health3
BOTANY/​PL PATH  123 Plants, Parasites, and People3
BOTANY 240 Plants and Humans3
BOTANY/​AMER IND/​ANTHRO  474 Ethnobotany3-4
HORT 350 Plants and Human Wellbeing2
HORT 370 World Vegetable Crops3
HORT/​AGRONOMY  376 Tropical Horticultural Systems1
HORT 380 Indigenous Foodways: Food and Seed Sovereignty2
Animal Science/Dairy Science
AN SCI/​DY SCI  370 Livestock Production and Health in Agricultural Development3
DY SCI/​AGRONOMY  471 Food Production Systems and Sustainability3
DY SCI/​AN SCI/​FOOD SCI/​SOIL SCI  472 Animal Agriculture and Global Sustainable Development1
Community Health
C&E SOC/​SOC  532 Health Care Issues for Individuals, Families and Society3
C&E SOC/​SOC  533 Public Health in Rural & Urban Communities3
Environmental Health/Environmental Science/Environmental Economics
A A E/​ENVIR ST  244 The Environment and the Global Economy4
A A E/​ECON/​ENVIR ST  343 Environmental Economics3-4
BOTANY/​ENVIR ST/​ZOOLOGY  260 Introductory Ecology3
BOTANY/​F&W ECOL/​ZOOLOGY  460 General Ecology4
CIV ENGR 422 Elements of Public Health Engineering3
CIV ENGR 423 Air Pollution Effects, Measurement and Control3
ENTOM/​ENVIR ST  205 Our Planet, Our Health3
ENVIR ST/​POP HLTH  471 Introduction to Environmental Health3
ENVIR ST/​POP HLTH  502 Air Pollution and Human Health3
ENVIR ST 513 3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  139 Global Environmental Issues3
POP HLTH 560 3
SOIL SCI/​ATM OCN  132 Earth's Water: Natural Science and Human Use3
ENTOM/​ZOOLOGY  371 Medical Entomology3
Exercise Science
KINES 353 Health and Physical Education in a Multicultural Society3
KINES 355 Socio-Cultural Aspects of Physical Activity3
Health Economics/Health Finance
A A E 352 Global Health: Economics, Natural Systems, and Policy4
ECON/​POP HLTH/​PUB AFFR  548 The Economics of Health Care3-4
Health Education/Behavioral Sciences
ED POL 150 Education and Public Policy (Sexuality and Education; Education and Global Change) 13
Health Policy
POLI SCI/​INTL ST  434 The Politics of Human Rights (Health Policy) 13-4
SOC WORK 206 Introduction to Social Policy4
Health Promotion and Communications
COM ARTS/​JOURN/​LSC  617 Health Communication in the Information Age3
LSC 515 Social Marketing Campaigns in Science, Health and the Environment3
Infectious Diseases
M M & I 301 Pathogenic Bacteriology2
M M & I 554 Emerging Infectious Diseases and Bioterrorism2
M M & I 555 Vaccines: Practical Issues for a Global Society3
PATH/​PATH-BIO  210 HIV: Sex, Society and Science3
PATH 404 Pathophysiologic Principles of Human Diseases3
POP HLTH/​M M & I  603 Clinical and Public Health Microbiology5
Maternal and Child Health
SOC WORK 646 Child Abuse and Neglect2
DS 527 Global Artisans3
DS 341 Design Thinking for Transformation3
Minority Health and Health Disparities
AFROAMER/​HIST SCI/​MED HIST  523 Race, American Medicine and Public Health3
ANTHRO 265 Introduction to Culture and Health3
ASIAN AM 240 Topics in Asian American Studies (Hmong Refugee History) 13
RP & SE 660 Special Topics (Health Promotion for Disabilities and Chronic Illness) 11-6
Multicultural Studies
ANTHRO 104 Cultural Anthropology and Human Diversity3
ANTHRO 365 Medical Anthropology3
Nutrition/Public Health Nutrition
A A E/​AGRONOMY/​NUTR SCI  350 World Hunger and Malnutrition3
C&E SOC/​SOC  222 Food, Culture, and Society3
NUTR SCI 132 Nutrition Today3
or NUTR SCI 332 Human Nutritional Needs
NUTR SCI 377 Cultural Aspects of Food and Nutrition3
NUTR SCI/​BIOCHEM  510 Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism3
PL PATH 311 Global Food Security3
M M & I/​ENTOM/​PATH-BIO/​ZOOLOGY  350 Parasitology3
Population Sciences
NUTR SCI 379 Introduction to Epidemiology3
SOC 170 Population Problems3-4
Poverty and Development
A A E/​INTL ST  373 Globalization, Poverty and Development3
A A E/​ECON  474 Economic Problems of Developing Areas3
A A E/​ECON  477 Agricultural and Economic Development in Africa3
C&E SOC/​F&W ECOL/​SOC  248 Environment, Natural Resources, and Society3
C&E SOC/​ENVIR ST/​SOC  540 Sociology of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability3
C&E SOC/​AMER IND/​SOC  578 Poverty and Place3
C&E SOC/​SOC  630 Sociology of Developing Societies/Third World3
ECON 448 Human Resources and Economic Growth3-4
HDFS/​CNSR SCI  465 Families & Poverty3
GEOG 307 International Migration, Health, and Human Rights3
INTL ST 101 Introduction to International Studies3-4
INTL ST 402 Topics in Politics and Policy in the Global Economy (Global Poverty and Inequality) 13-4
Public Health Ethics
MED HIST/​PHILOS  505 Justice and Health Care3
MED HIST/​PHILOS  515 Public Health Ethics3
MED HIST/​PHILOS  558 Ethical Issues in Health Care3
MED HIST 559 Topics in Ethics and History of Medicine (Climate Change Ethics) 13
Public Health Leadership
SOC WORK 659 International Aspects of Social Work2-3
Public Health Medicine
INTER-AG/​INTER-LS  152 Ways of Knowing: Medicine and Society1
MED HIST/​HIST SCI  212 Bodies, Diseases, and Healers: An Introduction to the History of Medicine3
NURSING/​S&A PHM/​SOC WORK  105 Health Care Systems: Interdisciplinary Approach2
PHM SCI 310 Drugs and Their Actions2
PHM PRAC 305 Consumer Self-Care and Over-the-Counter Drugs2
NURSING 436 Health and Illness Concepts with Individuals, Families, and Communities: Experiential Learning2-4
Public Health Practice
CSCS 500 Global Health and Communities: From Research to Praxis3
MED HIST/​HIST SCI  509 The Development of Public Health in America3
MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​POP HLTH  553 International Health and Global Society3
Social Determinants of Health
ART HIST 103 Topics in Art History (The Body, Sex, and Health in Art) 13-4
MED HIST/​HIST SCI/​HISTORY  564 Disease, Medicine and Public Health in the History of Latin America and the Caribbean3
RELIG ST 101 Religion in Global Perspective3
RELIG ST 102 Exploring Religion in Sickness and Health3
RELIG ST 103 Exploring Religion and Sexuality3
S&A PHM 490 Selected Topics in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (Health Equity and Social Justice) 11-4
F&W ECOL/​AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​M&ENVTOX  632 Ecotoxicology: The Chemical Players1
F&W ECOL/​AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​M&ENVTOX  633 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Individuals1
F&W ECOL/​AGRONOMY/​ENTOM/​M&ENVTOX  634 Ecotoxicology: Impacts on Populations, Communities and Ecosystems1
Veterinary Public Health
F&W ECOL/​SURG SCI  548 Diseases of Wildlife3
Women's Health
GEN&WS 102 Gender, Women, and Society in Global Perspective3
GEN&WS 103 Gender, Women, Bodies, and Health3
GEN&WS 320 Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society (The Female Body in the World: Gender and Body Politics) 11-3
GEN&WS 424 Women's International Human Rights3
GEN&WS/​PSYCH  522 Psychology of Women and Gender3
GEN&WS 534 Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction: Public Health Perspectives3
GEN&WS/​INTL ST  535 Women's Global Health and Human Rights3

Footnotes related to electives


This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

  1. Understand the global burden of disease, threats to well-being, and the root causes of these conditions.
  2. Identify parallels between local, domestic, and international health issues.
  3. Become informed citizens in an increasingly interconnected world.
  4. Collaborate and communicate effectively with diverse colleagues and local partners.
  5. Respectfully engage with other cultures.


Students interested in the Certificate in Global Health can schedule an appointment with an advisor.


Last Names A-F:
Todd Courtenay
Current UW-Madison Students: Schedule an appointment through Starfish

Last Names G-R:
Megan Juneau
Current UW-Madison Students: Schedule an appointment through Starfish

Last Names S-Z:
Devika Suri
Current UW-Madison Students: Schedule an appointment through Starfish


The knowledge and skills developed through the Certificate in Global Health prepare students for success in a range of career paths. Some graduates may use their global health education to go into a healthcare profession, while others may choose careers as researchers, policy-makers, administrators, non-profit workers, educators, data analysts, and communicators in fields related to public health, epidemiology, environmental health, or international development. The certificate supports students who intend to go directly into the workforce after graduation, as well as those who intend to further their education through graduate or professional programs.

Because an interest in global health can lead to many different careers, students are encouraged to begin the career exploration process early in their UW-Madison journey by working with advisors, faculty, and career resources on campus. These resources can help students reflect on their values and goals, identify career paths, and outline strategies for pursuing their goals. UW-Madison has a number of dedicated career resources for undergraduate students, including CALS Career Services, the Career Exploration Center, L&S SuccessWorks, and the Center for Pre-Health Advising.

Please see the Certificate in Global Health website for a list of certificate staff and ways to contact them.

A unique aspect of the certificate is the requirement of a field experience, which can take the form of a study abroad field course, an internship, or site visits right here in Wisconsin. You will have the opportunity to get out of the classroom and see the connections between human, animal, and environmental health while deepening your understanding of the social and cultural contexts that influence health and wellness. The experience also increases your comfort in working with a diversity of people and introduces you to many types of careers in global health.

Click here to learn more about our field experiences or set up an appointment to talk with an advisor.