Undergraduate Certificate

What this certificate is for
Who’s eligible and how to get started
For more information


What this certificate is for Back to top

The Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health is a collaborative offering from the Global Health Institute and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with support from the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. The certificate curriculum seeks to educate undergraduate students on global health issues in both international and domestic settings, and helps connect students to the many UW schools, departments, centers and programs with strengths in global health.

Who’s eligible and how to get started Back to top

We welcome students from all schools, colleges, and majors. Oriented toward improving the health and well-being of humans, animals and the environment, the Certificate in Global Health will be of particular interest to undergraduates who are planning for careers in the health sciences, food systems, agriculture, education, engineering, international studies and related areas of the humanities. More generally, it should help to inform those who wish to be active and well-informed citizens of an increasingly interconnected world.

Besides being interested in global health, potential certificate students must be enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have a GPA of at least 2.0, and have completed at least one of the three core Certificate courses.  Students must seek advising from Certificate staff (see below) before they are eligible to declare.

Click here for more details about the declaration process.

Curriculum Back to top

The Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health requires students to complete at least 15 credits of work in global health including 6-9 credits of core courses, at least one credit of approved field work, and enough elective courses to reach the 15 credit total.  The core courses, electives and field experience are described in detail here.

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Below is a list of core Certificate staff.  Most advising work and all declarations are handled by Robin Mittenthal and Sweta Shrestha, but students are welcome to contact other Certificate staff for guidance on coursework, field experiences and careers in the field of global health.  You may wish to read the brief biographies provided to learn about each staff person’s background.

Robin Eric Mittenthal – Bio
Global Health Administrative Program Manager
272 Nutritional Sciences (click here for a map)
Office: 608-262-3718; Cell: 608-772-1091; Fax: 608-262-5860;
Click here for drop-in hours and appointment slots

Sweta Shrestha – Bio
Education Programs Associate
Global Health Institute
School of Medicine & Public Health
Office: 608-262-3862

Sherry Tanumihardjo – Bio
Director, Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health
Professor, Nutritional Sciences
Office: (608) 265-0792

Lori Diprete Brown – Bio
Associate Director of Education and Engagement
Global Health Institute
Office: 608-262-4801

John Ferrick - Bio
Assistant Dean
Division of International Studies.
Director, International Programs, CALS.
Office: (608) 265-3705