New admissions into the Global Health Graduate Certificate Program (GHGCP) are on hold for the academic year (AY) 2023-2024 and we anticipate allowing approximately 40-50 new students in AY 2024-2025.  There are 500+ people on the waiting list and we are still developing a prioritized list of who will be allowed to enroll as new students.  Students currently enrolled, including all partner nation students, will be able to continue to progress through the program.  Please consider joining the waitlist to receive future notifications about enrollment: https://forms.gle/3gVx9WMTUiKUffom8

USU is pleased to offer a GHGCP via distance learning. Graduate certificates are an increasingly recognized and valued credential in global health and are often earned by mid-career professionals interested in obtaining formal education in this diverse and rapidly changing field. Prospective students who are interested in expanding their knowledge and skill set by taking only one or two courses are also welcome and encouraged to apply.

Starting AY 2024-2025, students can earn an accredited graduate certificate upon successful completion of 12.0 credit hours of coursework. The courses are offered in a hybrid format to offer the most flexibility for students. You can take the course asynchronously (watching recorded lectures and participating in activities such as discussion boards) or you can take the course synchronously (via video conference or in-person). All courses will include readings, videos, and various activities such as group discussions, presentations and final papers or exams. 




This is a graduate program and therefore all students must already have at least a baccalaureate degree before applying to the program. No exceptions can be made to this policy for several reasons, including the fact that this is a requirement of the program’s accreditation.

Otherwise, the program has wide latitude to admit students from disparate backgrounds and levels of experience. Students in USU’s graduate programs have typically included physicians, nurses, dentists, medical planners, veterinarians, medical technicians and health administrators; but a background in the health professions is not a requirement for matriculation into this program. Particularly for our distance-learning courses, faculty are actively seeking students from a wide variety of non-health backgrounds to enhance the understanding of global health engagement across the Department of Defense and beyond, and to help our students from health backgrounds appreciate alternate perspectives.

In addition to students who take this coursework early or midway through their careers, students also enroll in our program who already possess significant academic credentials and an impressive amount of field experience in global health. We welcome these students into our program, too, as they add expertise, diversity, and valuable insight to class discussions, among many other benefits. Often these are highly motivated, fast-tracked individuals who smartly choose to “brush up” on global health material prior to assuming leadership positions at some of the highest levels of the DoD and other departments of the U.S. government.

While this program primarily serves U.S. active duty and reserve military personnel and members of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, the program now also welcomes applicants from the USAID, the Centers for Disease Control, the Department of State, and other U.S. government employees whose work involves global health.

How to Apply 

New admissions into the Global Health Distance Learning Program are on hold for the academic year 2023-2024 and we are currently evaluating 2024-2025.  This pause in enrollment applies to all new students, including U.S. students. Students currently enrolled, including all partner nations students, will be able to continue to progress through the program. This pause in enrollment only affects new applicants.


How long does it take to complete the program and earn the certificate?


A typical student who progresses straight through, taking one course per term, will earn the certificate in about two years.  This program is also designed to be maximally flexible to students who would like to go through at a slightly slower pace, too.  Students must complete all requirements within three years, however, to earn the certificate.


May I take coursework via distance learning at USU and then transfer the credit elsewhere?


Yes. Students will have a formal transcript maintained by the University Registrar. Upon successful completion of each distance learning course, there will be a letter grade recorded on the student’s transcript along with the credit value of each course. Any student may, at any time, request a transcript be sent and credits transferred to any other university or program that accepts transfer credits. Some of the courses are Pass/Fail.


I am not a member of the U.S. military; may I apply to take global health courses at Uniformed Services University?


This program primarily enrolls members of the U.S. armed services who are on active duty or reserve status, as well as members of the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. We also now welcome select U.S. government employees from the USAID, the Department of Health and Human Services (to include the CDC), and the Department of State. Select members of partner-nation militaries (in coordination with the relevant combatant command) and country point-of-contact are enrolled on a case-by-case basis.


What if I have a question that is not answered by one of these FAQs?


If this handbook does not answer all your questions, please email our GHGCP org. box at: GHGCP-ggg@usuhs.edu.  Thank you.