Graduate Certificate in Global Health Leadership

This graduate certificate focuses on leadership skills for those working in or hoping to work in global health in public, non-profit, and private organizations. While other graduate certificates in global health provide a broad introduction to the highly interdisciplinary field, the courses in this certificate focus on practical skills of management and leadership, along with the larger ethical questions that should shape mission-driven work on global health equity and access.





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Complete this four-course certificate and apply your credit to Northwestern’s MS in Global Health program.


About the Graduate Certificate in Global Health Leadership

Graduate Certificate in Global Health Leadership Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the Global Health Leadership certificate, students will be able to:

  • Describe the global burden of disease and identify the common causes of morbidity and mortality by world region and demographic.
  • Identify communicable and non-communicable conditions of global importance and describe their modes of transmission, clinical presentations and methods of prevention.
  • Describe the socioeconomic determinants of these global health conditions and their impact on populations, healthcare systems, economic productivity and security.
  • Examine the intersection of health and international human rights as it relates to health equity and access to health services
  • Evaluate and navigate the cultural and ethical considerations inherent in global health contexts
  • Assess and communicate community needs, plan a grant-fundable program, research funders, and write a successful grant application
  • Review and apply specific fundraising strategies for identified needs
  • Identify and analyze culturally endorsed leadership principles for practical and effective leadership in Global Health
  • Develop a stakeholder engagement and communication plan for a global health problem
  • Identify sociocultural practices, values and professional dynamics unique to a geographical setting that influence communication, collaboration and decision-making
  • Evaluate the use of imperfect qualitative and quantitative data to make strategic decisions
  • Analyze the role of management in the context of global health, including strategic thinking and problem solving, program and product management, supply chain management, and human resources

Global Health Leadership Curriculum

Students are required to complete the following to earn the certificate:

MSGH 480 Global Health Leadership and any three of the following courses

  • MSGH 405  Foundations of Global Health
  • MSGH 419 Global Bioethics
  • MSGH 427 Grant Writing and Fundraising
  • MSGH 454 Global Health Management & Strategy

Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Global Health Leadership Courses

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Global Health Leadership Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Graduate Certificate Admission page.

Global Health Leadership Tuition

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate in Global Health Leadership at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Complete details can be found on the Global Health Leadership Certificate Tuition page.

Registration Information for Global Health Leadership

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Global Health Leadership Faculty

Instructors in the Global Health Leadership Graduate Certificate program at Northwestern are leading scholars and practitioners in their field. They bring real-world experiences to the classroom and engage with students on a personal level. Get to know the instructors on our Global Health Leadership Faculty page.

Applying Credit to the MS in Global Health Program

Students that are interested in the option of applying their credit to the SPS MS in Global Health program must submit an online application and submit all required application materials.

Students that elect to apply to a master's program before completing a graduate certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable master's degree, but there will be no certificate conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact the SPS graduate advising team for information on how to pursue a master's degree at SPS.

Find out more about Northwestern's Global Health Leadership Graduate Certificate

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