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Make a positive impact on population health and the quality of health service delivery worldwide.

Global health is an exciting, emerging field of collaborative transnational research and action for promoting health for all. Global health practitioners place a priority on achieving equity, developing skills, and applying interdisciplinary strategies to improve the health outcomes of local and international communities facing social injustice.

This 12-credit certificate is designed to prepare nurses and health and human services professionals for careers in global health practice, education, and research.

How the Program Works

  • You'll take courses in a mix of on-campus and online formats.
  • You'll gain real-world experience through a faculty-guided field placement.
  • You can complete the certificate in one year (two 15-week semesters and an 8-week summer session).

Admission to the certificate program is not restricted to nursing students. If you have earned a bachelor's degree and are committed to equitable access to health resources and reduction in health disparities, you are encouraged to apply. 

What You'll Learn

You'll explore a wide range of topics, including:

  • impacts of globalization on population health and health care systems
  • program and policy strategies to address major global burden of diseases
  • local, community-based primary health care initiatives
  • key institutional and organizational actors in global health.

What You'll Do

Our graduates go on to work as clinicians, researchers, educators, administrators, organizers, advocates, and change agents. 

After completing the Certificate in Global Health, you’ll:

  • have a scientific understanding of the social determinants of health inequities within and among countries
  • integrate a global ethical framework into your practice based on human rights, cultural diversity, and social justice
  • have a foundation to plan, design, and evaluate community-based programs and capacity strengthening initiatives
  • understand approaches to strategic analysis, collaboration, partnership, and program management in global health.

Our Faculty and Staff

Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD, CRNP-Neonatal
Assistant Professor, PPEP
Director, Office of Global Health and Certificate Program
Rosemary F. Riel, MAA
Clinical Instructor, PPEP
Associate Director for Partnerships and Field Placement, Office of Global Health
Anne Brenner Anne Brenner, BA
Coordinator, Office of Global Health

Admission Requirements


  • enrollment in a UMB professional or graduate program
  • a bachelor's degree (or an equivalent degree from a comparable university) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Application materials:


Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Submit via online application, via email to, or by mail.

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

Submit via email to:

One recommendation. Your recommendation must come from a mentor, teacher, employer, fellow student, or professional colleague who can speak knowledgeably about your potential to successfully complete the certificate program

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it using the instructions supplied on the application.

Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.


  • fall and summer enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Feb. 1
  • spring enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Sept. 1

If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Core Courses

NURS 769  Society, Health, & Social Justice (3 credits)
This course provides a critical conceptual and ethical foundation for community and global health practice and research.  The fundamental social, political, and economic determinants of health in developed and developing countries are introduced. The course also explores community-based and societal-level health programs and policies designed to address health inequities in an era of increasing globalization.

PREV 664/NRSG 664  Critical Issues in Global Health (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of global health problems and equips students with tools to navigate the world of international health.  The course focuses on the global burden of disease and the pattern of disease variations within and among countries.  It addresses issues such as poverty, environmental degradation, and the impact of globalization on health.  Topics covered include maternal and child health, gender and violence, nutrition, water, and sanitation. 

NRSG 610  Global Health Seminar (1 credit)
This course familiarizes students with the challenges of designing and conducting GH research and practice. Scientific literature on cultural differences in health and illness, issues of health disparities, interprofessional and cultural and competencies in health care are addressed.  Students will begin the process of preparing to work and travel abroad (optional) by identifying potential sites and global health organizations of interest. Faculty members and invited global health professionals will present case studies and different programmatic field opportunities didactically and by facilitated discussions.

NRSG 611 Global Health Field Experience (2 credits)
Students will complete a field project under the supervision of a UMB faculty member and guidance of identified project mentors. Previous students have conducted field experience projects in Nigeria, Zambia, Liberia, Kenya, Haiti, Malawi, and most recently Brazil.  Students have also competed projects locally through established collaborative partnerships in Baltimore.  Emerging placement opportunities are expanding to include work with U.S.-based global health organizations and interested international partners.  Students will be required to complete a formal paper focusing on their scope of work and learning outcomes and present it in a public forum following the conclusion of the field project.


Flexibility is built into the certificate program through the 3-credit Elective Option allowing students an opportunity to extensively explore specialized skills and cross-cutting topics and dive deeper into interprofessional aspects of global health practice.  Course selection must be approved by the certificate program director.

The University System of Maryland has a number of schools that collectively provide students with many options to explore individual interests that would meaningfully complement their overall global health training.

The following are possible examples, but not an exhaustive list:

University of Maryland School of Nursing

NRSG 609

Essentials and Practice in Global Health Nursing  (3 credits, fall and spring, web-based)

NURS 690

Managerial Health Finance  (3 credits, fall and spring, web-based)

NURS 724

Health, Health Care, and Culture (3 credits, web-based)

NURS 732

Program Planning and Evaluation in Community/Public Health  (3 credits, spring only)

NRSG 780

Health Promotion and Population Health  (3 credits, web-based)

NRSG 782

Health Systems & Health Policy: Leadership and Quality Improvement  (3 credits, web-based)

NRSG 790

Methods for Research and Evidence Based Practice  (3 credits, web-based)

NRSG 795

Biostatistics for Evidence Based Practice  (3 credits, web-based)

University of Maryland School of Law

LAW 502

International Human Rights (3 credits)

LAW 503

Health Care Law and Policy  (3 credits)

LAW 548

Critical Issues in Health Care  (3 credits)

LAW 618

Public Health Law  (3 credits)

University of Maryland School of Social Work

SOWK 703

Program Management (3 credits)

SOWK 704

Community Organization (3 credits)

SOWK 705

International Social Work (3 credits)

SOWK 720

Comparative Social Policy (3 credits)

SOWK 772

Evaluation Research (3 credits)

SOWK 783

Qualitative Ethnocultural Research (3 credits)

University of Maryland School of Medicine – Department of Epidemiology and Public Health

PREV 613

Nutritional Epidemiology (3 credits)

PREV 625

Community-Based Participatory Research: Theory and Methods (3 credits)

PREV 627

Vaccinology (3 credits)

PREV 716

Chronic Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)

PREV 705

Pharmacoepidemiology (3 credits)

PREV 749

Infectious Disease Epidemiology (3 credits)

PREV 758

Health Survey Research Methods (3 credits)

PREV 803

Clinical Trials/Experimental Epidemiology (3 credits)

PH 648

Health Services Policy, Management, and Finance (3 credits)

University of Maryland School of Medicine

MSTP 589

Research (Elective, 4 credits, Spring)

MSTP 598

Physician Scientist (Elective, 4 credits, Fall)

MEDT 638

Special Topics (Lecture, 1-4 credits)

ICME 541

Indian Health Service (Clinical, 4 credits)

ICME 542

Public Health (Independent Study, 4 credits)

ICME 543

International Health (Independent Study, 4 credits)

ICME 544

Research (Research, 4 credits)

ICME 545

Community Service Project (Independent Study, 4 credits)

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy

PHAR 5010

Health Policy and Systems (2 credits)

PHAR 5015

Public Health Pharmacy (2 credits)

PHMY 5005

Interdisciplinary HIV Care (2 credit)

PHMY 5007

Health System Pharmacy Practice (2 credit)

PHMY 598

Effective Leadership and Advocacy (2 credits)

PHSR 610

Pharmacy, Drugs, and the Health Care System (3 credits)

University of Maryland School of Dentistry

DHYG 603

Issues in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2 credits)

DHYG 619

Area of Specialization Practicum (1-6 credits)

DHYG 649

Research Practicum (1-6 credits)

DPAT 599

Special Topics (1-12 credits)

DMBS 638

Biostatistics (1-3 credits)

Sample Plans of Study

  • Certificate courses can be completed in a minimum of three semesters and may be completed in any sequence. 
  • Full time and part time plans of study are available.
  • All students have up to three years from the semester of their enrollment to complete the certificate.

Begin in the fall (three-semester plan):




NURS 769: Society, Health and Social Justice (3 credits)

PREV/NRSG 664: Critical Issues in Global Health (3 credits)

NRSG 611: Global Health Field Experience (2 credits)

*Elective (3 credits)

NRSG 610: Global Health Semester (1 credit)


Begin in the spring (three-semester plan):




PREV/NRSG 664: Critical Issues in Global Health (3 credits)

NRSG 611: Global Health Field Experience (2 credits)

NURS 769: Society, Health and Social Justice (3 credits)

NRSG 610: Global Health Semester (1 credit)


*Elective (3 credits)

Begin in the summer (four-semester plan):





*Elective (3 credit)

NURS 769: Society, Health and Social Justice (3 credits)

PREV/NRSG 664: Critical Issues in Global Health (3 credits)

NRSG 611: Global Health Field Experience (2 credits)



NRSG 610: Global Health Semester (1 credit)


*3-credit Elective Option can be taken in any of the three semesters.  

Upcoming Events:
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1:00 PM | SOn | Suite 480 for students interested in global health educational opportunities

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