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Certificate in Global Health

Veterinarians have an increasingly important role to play in addressing the grand global challenges of the 21st century, particularly in areas such as infectious disease control, antimicrobial resistance, food security and global health. An increasing human population, urbanization, increasing demand for livestock products and climate change will place greater pressures on the environment, human and animal health and livelihoods.

The advances of the 21st century have led to a world that is increasingly interconnected. Globalization will see global problems becoming US problems. In the coming decades many of the major challenges to human health will originate outside of the human health sector. These range from emerging zoonotic diseases to pollution and climate change. Tackling these challenges effectively will require multidisciplinary approaches with consideration given to the broader systems that encompass health.

Certificate Overview

The Certificate in Global Health is a formal academic certificate for DVM students that examines the complexities inherent in improving health on a global scale and will introduce DVM students to global health issues and challenges. It will allow students to develop an understanding of key concepts, tools and frameworks essential for continued study in global health. The Certificate in Global Health also highlights the importance of understanding and addressing global health through multidisciplinary frameworks and collaborations. We define global health as:

 ‘an area for study, research and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide. Global health issues transcend boundaries and require collective solutions that emphasize improving health, reducing disparities, and protecting against global threats.’

The Certificate in Global Health program will cover the global disease burden, health determinants and disparities, health policy and actors, and the challenges facing global health. It will also provide an introduction to the methodological approaches and techniques used in global health research, including qualitative fieldwork, quantitative surveys, experimental designs, intervention trials, and program evaluation.

Earning the Certificate in Global Health requires completion of 12 credits. These credits are gained through the completion of 3 core selectives, an additional 4 credits from optional selectives/elective, and 5 credits though completion of an international Global Health Research Project. In summary:

  • Completion of 3 core selectives (3 credits)
  • Completion of 4 optional selectives/or 2 optional selectives and one optional 2 credit elective (4 credits)
  • Completion of international Global Health Research Project core elective (5 credits)

Certificate in Global Health Handbook

For additional information on the Certificate in Global Health, please click on this link to download a copy of the Certificate in Global Health Course Handbook.

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Core Selectives

Global Health Challenges: VMP 991 162

This course provides an introduction to global health issues and challenges. It will allow students to develop an understanding of key concepts, tools and frameworks essential for continued study in global health. The focus of this course will be on global disease burden, health determinants and disparities, health policy and actors, and the challenges facing global health. The course will highlight the importance of understanding and addressing global health through multidisciplinary frameworks.

Global Health Research Methods: VMP 991 163

This course provides an introduction to the methodological approaches and techniques used in global health research, including qualitative fieldwork, quantitative surveys, experimental designs, intervention trials, and program evaluation. The strengths and weaknesses of each methodology will be explored with students identifying how best to determine the most appropriate method for specific research questions. The course will take a problem-based approach, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of global health research.

Globalization, International Trade and Vets: VMP 991 250

Students will be presented with globalization and international trade cases. Discussions and activities will focus on the role of the veterinarian in meeting health and welfare challenges, food security, animal movement/certification, regionalization/compartmentalization and transboundary diseases, and other import/export issues associated with animal agriculture and transformation industries. Students will prepare a presentation for class on a globalization/international trade topic and lead a discussion considering social, professional, and cultural ramifications of public health and public policy decisions.

Optional Selectives

Surveillance in Veterinary Medicine – VMP 991 151

Intro to Research – VMB 991 105

Special Topics in Toxicology – VMB 991 223

Developmental Toxicology – VMB 991 301

Infectious Disease Dynamics – VMP 991 160

Food Animal Residue Avoidance – VMP 992 114

Topics in Veterinary Microbiology – VMP 991 144

Global Emerging Infectious Diseases – VMP 991 156

Molecular Epidemiology – VMP 991 167

Immunodiagnostics – VMP 991 143

Epidemiology/Public Health in Spanish – VMP 991 264

Principles of Vaccination – VMP 991 268

World Travel: Health and Safety – VMC 991 225

Vet Med Terminology in Spanish – VMP 991 139

Global Health: Uganda – VMP 991 265

Vet Int Experience – VMP 991 112,212,312

Core Elective

Global Health Research Project: VMP 900
This international Global Health Research Project will allow students to develop an understanding of methodological approaches and techniques used in global health research, including qualitative fieldwork, quantitative surveys, experimental designs, intervention trials, and program evaluation. This elective will highlight the importance of understanding and addressing global health through multidisciplinary frameworks and collaborations. The DVM student is expected to devote a 10-week period to their project over the relevant summer. This will consist of an 8-week international research placement and 2-week post trip program. This elective is a required component of the Certificate in Global Health.

Optional Elective

Due to the requirements of the Zoo Med Focus area, DVM students wishing to complete both the Zoo Med Focus area and the Certificate in Global Health will need to take the optional elective route instead of pursuing 4 optional selectives.

One Health – Philosophy to Practice – VMP 986

Program Contacts 

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Director of Global Health Education

Andy Stringer BVSc, PhD, MRCVS
Phone: 919-513-6275
Fax: 919.513.6452
E-mail: apstringer@ncsu.edu