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The certificate consists of two global health core courses and two methods and practice core courses, complemented by three elective courses and an internship/field requirement.

Students are encouraged to undertake action-oriented research projects, including a thesis or significant research paper, which may be completed for course credit.

It is recommended that you take at least one global health core course prior to or concurrent to your first methods and practice or elective course.

Global Health Core (required)

INTS 4367 Global Health Affairs: Theory & Practice

This introductory course is recommended as a starting point for GHA students or as a standalone option for other students.

It will trace the historical, theoretical, technological and professional evolution of global health—from the ages of quarantine, vertical programming and neoliberalism to the current era in which a diverse array of governmental, intergovernmental and private actors seek to create new global public goods while pursuing self-interested policies.

INTS 4516 Major Diseases in Global Health

In this course, students develop an understanding of the etiology, agents, vectors, burden, methods of detection, basic treatment complexities and life cycles of major diseases impacting the world.

Specifically, this course details HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, maternal/reproductive health, some protozoa, helminths, major parasites, chronic disease (such as cancers and diabetes), and violence/trauma.

Methods and Practice Core (required)

INTS 4483 Practical Applications in Global Health

The purpose of the course is for the student to be deployed to a field situation as realistically as possible, given the constraints of being in Denver. A heavy emphasis is placed on program design, practical issues in implementation, and presentation at the field level.

INTS 4423 Introduction to Epidemiology

This course allows students to develop the following basic skills:

  • utilizing and understanding national health indicators, their value and limitations
  • understanding relationships between individual and societal measures of health, with an emphasis on demographic adjustments
  • understanding and reading scientific papers and reports using the common epidemiologic research designs and assessing their limitations.

Global Health Affairs Electives (three are required)

Elective courses within the GHA program cover a variety of health issues and interactions, as well as helping our students learn how to use many methodological tools.

For a more detailed listing of current and upcoming course offerings, or if you have other questions, please contact us.