Handbook and Other Useful Materials

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Most detailed information about the Certificate in Global Health is available here:

Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health Program Handbook

The handbook is long. You are not intended to read it from cover to cover, but to consult sections of it as needed using the table of contents.

We do strongly encourage you to look through the handbook for guidance on your official field experience, advice on getting additional  experience in global health outside the classroom, help with planning work in global health after college, and thoughts about graduate school.

Major sections of the handbook are as follows:

  • Why is there a Certificate in Global Health?
  • What is global health?
  • Advising
  • Program Requirements, Declaration, DARS, and Certificate Completion
  • Core Courses
  • Electives
  • Field Experience
  • Getting Marketable Skills and Work Experience
  • Work in Global Health During College
  • Work in Global Health After College
  • Graduate and Professional Education in Global Health
  • Selected readings about volunteer/medical tourism

Other useful materials

Panel discussion with students who completed five different field experiences — Five students in UW’s undergraduate Certificate in Global Health completed the program’s field requirement in five very different ways.  In this hourlong video, the students are prompted to discuss their experiences — how they chose them, what it felt like to do them, what they did and didn’t like about them, and how the experiences impacted their plans for future study and careers.  While this is not an exhaustive discussion of ways to meet the certificate field requirement, watching this video may help prospective certificate completers narrow down their options and better prepare for field work either in the US or abroad.

Field experience decision tree — On its own or paired with either the program’s handbook or the video above, this one-page tree can help you sort through what field experience makes the most sense for you.

Tips for global health internship seekers — It’s easy for us to say (as we do) that you should do an internship, but what is an internship and how do you set one up?  Our handbook (see above) has more details, but this one-page guide provides a quick overview of the process.

Possible host organizations for volunteering or interning around Madison —  Wanting to volunteer or intern with a public/global health-related organization (non-profit, government agency, or for-profit corporation) somewhere in Madison but not sure where to look?  The link to a list of some possible groups is above.  Before looking at the list you are also strongly encouraged to read this document (it’s a combination of instructions and a disclaimer of liability).  If you want to suggest that we add an organization to the list or remove one that’s already there, please fill out a quick form here.  We emphasize that this list is partial (there are many groups you could work with in Madison that are not listed here) and that it may be out of date — PLEASE check the web page of each organization for current information about it!

Flyer about avoiding clinical work before you are ready — While some college experiences may take place in clinical settings, hands-on clinical work should not be part of the undergraduate experience for most students.  Read this flyer to learn more about the dangers of providing clinical care without appropriate qualifications.  The flyer also explains how non-clinical experiences help prepare you for clinical careers.

Spreadsheet summarizing short post-college work opportunities in global health — If you are interested in a career in public/global health and have talked with a program advisor about what to do after college, you may have heard that we encourage you to work for a while before starting graduate or professional school.  That can be awkward because most paid, full-time jobs in public health require you to have a master’s degree and/or 1-2 years of related experience.  To help address that awkwardness, we have made this spreadsheet — it highlights several dozen organizations (many of them “corps” of one sort of another) that are specifically designed to take more-or-less fresh-out-of-college people and give them public health-related training for as little as a week to as long as two years.  Topics vary widely, as do location, salary and benefits, and other aspects of these programs.  We will try to keep this current, but it has gaps and will become out of date even if we update it once a year.  When in doubt, PLEASE check the web pages of each program for its most current information!  Most of these groups are also profiled in the handbook linked elsewhere on this page.

Resources re: starting a career in global/public health

Our program’s handbook (see above) has quite a bit of information on this subject, but we also strongly encourage you to explore the following resources:

  • Powerpoint re: a career in public/global healthEach spring, Global Health Institute Associate Director Lori DiPrete Brown gives a talk on how to pursue careers in global and public health.  Her 2017 talk has sections titled “Organizations,” “Where are the jobs,” “Search Engines,” “Lists and Links,” and “Your resume and cover letter.” 
  • Webinar re: How to start a career in global health — Internationally respected nonprofit Unite for Sight hosted a webinar on global health careers in February 2016 that is available for free (though you do need to provide them with some info. about yourself in order to access the file).  The webinar includes guidance and advice from five panelists. Gain insight about the best ways to connect with global health opportunities, skill sets that one should develop, how to conduct oneself in a job interview, strategies for cover letters, perspectives on quality and responsible engagement in global health, etc. The webinar also highlights key cultural competency skills, as well as focuses on humility in international and domestic settings.