Offered to non-traditional students interested in addressing health disparities and health challenges that transcend national boundaries, the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate in Global Health provides evening courses and a range of field experiences to fit your interests and schedule.

Is this program right for you?

A concern for public health and a desire to work in collaboration with underserved communities make you the ideal candidate for a Capstone Certificate in Global Health from UW-Madison.


You will gain marketable skills in the growing field of global public health, while gaining an understanding of the multiple and complex lenses through which health and disease must be viewed. Many of our students work in a health science or medical field and wish to broaden their skills. Others come from fields such as environmental planning, engineering, or international policy and seek to strengthen their ability to work with communities around the world.


As you work through the classes, you will narrow your scope of interest and prepare for a local or global field experience. Your studies may focus on health promotion, detection and treatment of diseases, prevention and management of outbreaks, health policy, environmental health, or other interdisciplinary topics. We will connect you with an advisor who will help you define and develop your field project experience as well as write a short academic paper.


Your credit-based field experience is one of the highlights of the UW-Madison Global Health Capstone Certificate program. The field experience must be in a setting relevant to global health and is generally carried out during the winter, spring, or summer breaks; one week on site is equivalent to one credit. You may elect to do a faculty-led group field experience through the Global Health Institute or design an independent field experience at a site of your choice, either inside or outside of the United States. You may also seek to work with an international agency, such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or a non-governmental organization.


Whether you want to work with international populations or the increasingly diverse communities within the United States, the UW-Madison Capstone Certificate in Global Health will give you a greater understanding of the health challenges facing our world today.


What you Learn

  • Analyze health system infrastructures at local and national levels
  • Create a health status profile for a defined population
  • Develop a letter of inquiry seeking funding for a global health project
  • Plan, conduct, and evaluate a global health experience

Where & How you learn


  • Classes meet on campus
  • After finishing the majority of your preparatory coursework, complete a credit-based global health field experience

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All applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent
  • Have interest and/or experience in a global health-related field
  • Complete an online application

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