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“I transferred to Linfield as I wanted a genuine 21st Century oriented health and public health experience. I spent one month in Singapore comparing their innovative health system and becoming immersed in the health and culture of SE Asia. I have just finished my Masters in Public Health at The Colorado School of Public Health. My time at Linfield gave me the skills to excel both in my graduate school curriculum, and in nationally recognized fellowships. Linfield College helped me prepare for an exciting and valuable career in health care.”
Christine Castle, Linfield College graduate

The online Global Health Certificate is tailored to meet the needs of health care professionals seeking to build an international health perspective, understanding, and genuine experience. While enrolled in the online courses in this certificate, you will complete two global health field experiences in two different settings. Ideal for health professionals, international development staff, and others who aspire to carry out some health or health related work outside the US, you will find this certificate an exciting and practical complement to your current work.

US health leaders are coming to understand we have much to learn from both the developed and developing world, especially if we are to truly improve health access, affordability, and quality, and overall population health.

By earning the online Global Health Certificate, you will

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the following theories, concepts and practices of 21st Century Health Administration and how they are applied in various health and health care settings in both the developed and developing world: Social Determinants of Health, Population Health, Planning and Policy, Marketing, Management and Leadership, Digital Information to improve Prevention and Health Care Delivery, Integrated Health Systems, Cultural and Organizational Behavior
  • Identify the basic principles of management and apply them in at least 2 global health care settings
  • Examine the social and cultural significance of health in society, locally, in the US, and globally
  • Analyze both health policy and practical management issues related to the field of global health administration
  • Experience health and/or health care in 2 different global health care service learning, internships or approved volunteer experiences.

All classes in the Linfield Global Health Certificate Program are offered online.

Classes are available 24/7, making them perfect for students with schedules that demand flexibility. With Internet access you can work from anywhere in the world. Linfield College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is a private non-profit college. 



A Certificate in Global Health requires the completion of the following 6 courses for a total of 24 credits including 2 global health field experiences or internships in 2 different settings equivalent to at least 6 credits

Required courses:

HSCI 250 Introduction to Public and Community Health
HSCI 320 Health and Social Policy
HSCI 330 Global Health
HSCI 340 Health Care in America
HSCI 398 Global Health Experience
HSCI 431 Senior Global Health Seminar
HSCI 485 Health Administration Senior Seminar
HSCI 487 Global Health Internship

Curriculum Plan for Spring Entry
Global Health Certificate
Fall Entry

Fall Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring
HSCI 250 HSCI 320 HSCI 487 HSCI 340 HSCI 398 HSCI 431
  HSCI 330 Internship   Experience HSCI 485
3 credits 6 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 6 credits

Curriculum Plan for Spring Entry
Global Health Certificate
Spring 2015 through Summer 2016

Spring Fall Winter Spring Summer
HSCI 320 HSCI 250 HSCI 398 HSCI 431 HSCI 487
HSCI 330 HSCI 340 Experience HSCI 485 Internship
6 credits 6 credits 3 credits 6 credits 3 credits

HSCI 250 Introduction to Public and Community Health
Introduction to the field of public health. Focus on human biology, environmental health, lifestyle factors, and health care organizations as these four factors relate to one another and to the overall concept of health, health care, and health care delivery in the U.S. 3 credits. (IS or US)

HSCI 320 Health and Social Policy
Examination of U.S. health and social policy. Analysis of the public policy process, major public social and health programs, special interests, and political differences. The role of federal, state, as well as local governments and the legal system in policy implementation. Understanding complex health and social problems as they are translated into standards of conduct. 3 credits. (MWI)

HSCI 330 Global Health
A multi-disciplinary introduction to key public health issues in the developed world, the emerging world, and developing world. Intended for students from any major who want a foundation in global health issues from a science, social, political, economic and business perspective. 3 credits. (IS or GP)

HSCI 340 Health Care in America
Exploration of the history, structure, economics, politics, and technology of health, health care, and health care delivery in the U.S. from the mid-1700s to the present. Co-requisite: 310. 3 credits. (MWI)

HSCI 398  Special Topics in Health Sciences
4 credits.

HSCI 431 Senior Global Health Seminar
Examines health, health care, and health care delivery in developed, developing, and newly developed countries and regions of the world. Diseases (old and emerging), disease processes,
health care practices and beliefs, and international world health organizations. Prerequisite: 340 or instructor consent. 3 credits. (IS, GP, MWI)

HSCI 485 Senior Seminar in Health Sciences
Capstone course exploring issues related to health care in the United States and throughout the world. Topics include health care delivery, health care reform, and interdisciplinary exploration of global public health issues. Prerequisite: senior standing. 3 credits.

HSCI 487 Internship
Intensive learning experience on-site in health-related organization. Prerequisites: senior standing. 2-5 credits. May be repeated once. A total of 3 credits required for a major. (EL)

The Global Health Certificate complements a Bachelor’s degree and demonstrates that you have attained key competencies and skills in the field of global health. Students may earn the Global Health Certificate before completion of a bachelor’s degree or as a post baccalaureate credential to increase your value to your present organization and to advance your career opportunities. The Global Health Certificate may be earned simultaneously with the Linfield College bachelor’s degrees by students in the Adult Degree Program who are majoring in accounting, business information systems, management, marketing, international business, and nursing (RN to BSN).

Students can complete the online Global Health Certificate on a part time class schedule within 2 academic years. To view a list of Linfield’s upcoming courses, check out our Year Long Plan


Pursue your dream of higher education.  Enroll Now in Linfield’s Global Health Certificate Program or contact us and one of our knowledgeable admission and enrollment specialists will be happy to answer any of your questions about the program. 

Unsure of what pursuing an Online Health Administration Certificate would entail? Read our Guide to Online College for Adults.