Global Health Certificate

The Global Health Certificate provides students with a framework to demonstrate their knowledge and skills acquired to address complex global health challenges in a changing global environment.

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The Global Health Certificate combines coursework from across the curriculum with a field experience in global health. Students completing the certificate demonstrate an understanding of concepts, methods, and emerging issues in global health through a final capstone project. The Global Health Certificate is open to undergraduate students from all disciplinary backgrounds and may be completed in combination with the Anthropology Minor in Global Health.


The certificate requires successful completion of two required core and two elective courses in global health as well as the completion of a capstone experience or project that must represent work completed independently of a class. 

Four Required Courses

Topics, Concepts and Issues in Global Health (select one course):

  • Global Health and Society (Geography 02) 
  • Anthropology of Global Health (Anthropology 55)
  • Anthropology of Health and Illness (Anthropology 17)
  • Bioengineering for Global Health Challenges (Engineering 16)
  • Introduction to Public Health (Sociology 37)
  • 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, Anthropology 26)
  • Global Environmental Health (Environmental Studies Program 28)
  • The Geographies of Health and Disease (Geography 56)
  • Plagues and Politics: The Impact of AIDS on US Culture (Women’s and Gender Studies 61.2)

Research Methods and Ethics (select one course):

  • 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)
  • Qualitative Methods and Research Process in Geography (Geography 11)
  • Research Methods Course: Government 10, Economics 10, Mathematics 10, Public Policy 10, Psychology 10, Social Sciences 10 or Sociology 10

Elective Classes (select two courses)

Course substitutions must be approved by the Certificate Advisory Committee.  AP Credits may not be used in fulfillment of the course requirements. Courses taken in fulfillment of major and minor requirements, including the Anthropology Minor in Global Health, can count toward the Global Health Certificate.

Capstone Project

Capstone projects enable students to apply fundamental concepts and skills to real-world health challenges. Capstone projects include a field experience and a final project. Both the field experience and final project must represent work completed independently of a course (with the exception of an honors thesis).

Field experiences:

  • Field experiences must be a minimum of four full weeks, or 28 days, at 40 hours per week.
  • Field experiences must be completed at a single institution or on one project. Candidates may complete requirements over a longer period of time (i.e. a weekly internship at a health department lasting six months) but may not combine several experiences to fulfill the requirement.
  • Field experiences may be done at a domestic or international institution working on population health or health equity issues.
  • US based field experiences may either be with an institution working with populations or issues outside of the US or be focused on domestic health equity issues.
  • Clinical shadowing may not be used to fulfill the field experience requirement.
  • All research must be conducted under the supervision of a faculty member or a site supervisor and be directly applicable to a global health challenge. Basic laboratory research may not be counted for the requirement.
  • All Global Health Initiative Internships are pre-approved for field experiences.
  • International travel and/or funding from the Dickey Center or other Dartmouth centers are not required.

Final project:

Candidates complete a written paper or project synthesis report. Beginning in academic year 2017-18, candidates may not submit an internship report for the capstone paper. Students may select one of the following projects:

  • 5-7 page paper or op-ed written on a global health topic
  • Program proposal or evaluation based on student’s field experience
  • 1-2 chapters from an honors thesis involving primary research on a global health topic or issue
  • Curated photo essay of original work that illuminates a global health issue.
  • Published article based on independent research or faculty-mentored research.
  • Presentation at Dartmouth’s Global Learning Forum or at an external conference.
  • Documentary or multimedia presentation


Candidates for the Global Health Certificate may apply at any time in their Dartmouth career. Graduating seniors completing a final course requirement in spring term may apply for provisional approval in their final term, pending successful completion of the final requirement. Candidates submit a transcript, capstone project, and other materials in support of the application through the Dickey Center website.


Application deadlines for 2017-18:

  • Fall 2017 - October 20, 2017; 
  • Spring 2018 - May 5, 2018.


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