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This 15-Credit certificate prepares participants for current global public health challenges by strengthening skills necessary for the development of international policies to attain global public health.

United Nations and Global Public Health Certificate

The United Nations Organization addresses global health disparities by influencing national governments to foster change through its sustainable development goals.

The United Nations and Global Public Health Certificate is intended for:

  • Students interested in increasing their knowledge about the United Nations; and
  • Those working in the public health workforce or related field who want specialized training about the United Nations and in global health.

Program Design

You can complete the United Nations and Global Public Health Certificate in two to three semesters, or you can plan a schedule for completing the courses over a two-year period (maximum timeframe). The late afternoon/evening schedule and online course offerings make it convenient to continue working or gain experience while earning your Certificate. The Certificate courses may also be applied toward a degree at the Rutgers School of Public Health depending on the degree program and concentration. Certificate holders must apply and be admitted to the degree program.

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Curriculum Requirements (15 credits)

  • UGPH 0521 – Culture & Health (3 cr.)
  • UGPH 0600 – Introduction to Global Public Health (3 cr.)
  • UGPH 9000 – Introduction to the United Nations (3 cr.)
  • HBSP 0623 – Cross National Comparisons of Health Systems and Policy (3 cr.)

Choose one of the following 6 courses:

  • UGPH 9001 – Democracy, Development and Human Rights
  • UGPH 9002 – Human Rights and the UN
  • UGPH 9003 – Global Health and International Human Rights
  • UGPH 9004 – Politics of Water and Security
  • UGPH 9005 – Global Environmental Politics and the United Nations
  • UGPH 9008 – Public Health Infrastructures and National Security
  • Or another cross-listed UNMA course with permission in advance from the Certificate Coordinator.

Graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health may transfer up to six (6) credits towards a certificate program if earned within the past seven years with a grade of B or better and are deemed appropriate by the respective Certificate Program Coordinator.


Tuition is governed by Rutgers University and is subject to change without notice. Confirm current Rutgers School of Public Health’s Tuition & Fees

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Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Completed an accredited undergraduate program in the U.S. or its equivalent;
  • Demonstrated academic achievement in an appropriate discipline; and
  • Academic credentials at least equivalent to those required for the MPH program.

Applicants must submit:

  • Application for admission;
  • Official transcripts of all prior academic work;
  • Letter of intent, including statement of purpose for application to the program;
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation; and
  • Application fee.

International applicants must submit:

  • TOEFL scores and WES evaluations.

Note: If undergraduate GPA is less than 3.0, the GRE may be required.