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Introduction to certificate advising

If you are interested in the certificate but have not yet contacted or met with a global health advisor, please do the following:

  1. Complete our online orientation (available by early April 2017!)
  2. If you have questions after the orientation, either submit them through the form at the end of the online orientation, see our peer advisor, or see your assigned staff advisor
  3. Sign up to get the program’s e-mail newsletter. The newsletter includes information about advising sessions, field experiences, and global health events on campus. Sign up by sending an e-mail with no subject or text to:

Online orientation

As of late March 2017, all students interested in the certificate must complete an online orientation before pursuing further advising from certificate staff.  The orientation includes short video clips, questions about the videos to check if you understand basics about the certificate, and the opportunity to submit questions to the program’s advisors.  The orientation takes about half an hour and should work on all standard devices, mobile and otherwise, though we would recommend a desktop, laptop, or tablet over a phone.

As of now, this orientation is something we’re beta testing — the orientation has questions that ask you to provide feedback, and we’d be very grateful if you take the time to tell us about any changes you would recommend to the content, structure, or technical details.  Please e-mail if you have technical problems that prevent you from doing the orientation at all.

→Click here to launch the online orientation←

Once you have completed the online orientation, you can pursue individual advising as described below.

Individual advising

If you have specific questions after the online orientation, Global Health staff advisors Robin Mittenthal and Devika Suri will be glad to meet with you. They can help you plan your field experience, choose electives, and discuss potential careers and graduate/professional studies.

Both current and prospective global health students are divided between two staff advisors as follows:

  • New advisor being hired (hopefully) in May — will work with advisees with last names A-M.  Until hired, please e-mail this address as needed:
  • Devika Suri — works with advisees with last names N-Z.

If you would like a student’s perspective on the certificate, you are also encouraged to meet the program’s peer advisor — see below for details.

Other Certificate in Global Health team members have extensive experience with diverse topics, populations, and geographic settings.  You are encouraged to reach out to them for supplementary subject/location-specific advising as desired.  They are:

  • Sherry Tanumihardjo —  Director of the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health and Professor of Nutritional Sciences
  • Lori DiPrete Brown — Associate Director of Education and Engagement, Global Health Institute
  • Sweta Shrestha — Assistant Director of Education, Global Health Institute

Here’s how to reach the Global Health advisors

New program staffperson starting (hopefully) in May 2017 — Advisees with last names A-M
Global Health Administrative Program Manager
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences
Advising details to be determined.
Devika Suri — Advisees with last names N-Z
Global Health Certificate Advisor
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, Room 278 (map)
Office: (608) 262-3427
Appointments with Devika that you can book yourself:

Please click here
for appointment slots with Devika that you can book yourself (netID login required).

Making an appointment with Devika at a time that works for you:

If Devika’s preset appointments don’t work for you, please e-mail to make an appointment.  If you e-mail her, please make sure to include time windows that you are free over the next 5-10 business days. For summer advising, please email Devika to make an appointment if no preset appointments are available.

Peer Advising

Our peer advisor will be available through late May, 2017.  She can’t tell you what you what you should do to complete the certificate (that advice would need to come from one of the program’s staff advisors, above), but she can tell you a lot about what you could do.  She can give you options that you can think about and discuss later with a staff advisor, as well as giving you her own undergraduate perspective on completing the certificate, preparing for careers, etc.  You can either attend her drop-in hours through May 2 (see below) or e-mail her to set up an appointment at:



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