Applied Global Public Health Certificate

The Applied Global Public Health Certificate program is designed to fill the gap between traditional public health curricula and the operational skills that you as a public health professional need to design, manage and monitor complex public health programs both in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) as well as right here in the US.

This 12-credit, 4-course program is perfect for UN professional staff, district- and national-level managers; international NGO staff, and MPH candidates at NYU or partner universities. You’ll study an equity-focused systems approach in courses on data utilization, data-driven decision-making, results-focused strengthening of health systems, and program costing, monitoring, and management for equity.

Who Should Enroll?

The Applied Global Public Health Certificate is targeted to UN professional staff, district- and national-level managers, international NGO staff, and MPH candidates at NYU or partner universities who need to know how to allocate resources; develop and manage program budgets; make data-driven decisions; negotiate with diverse stakeholders; and manage complex programs.

Students enrolled in the NYU MPH in Community Health Science and Practice, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Global Health, Public Health Nutrition, Public Health Policy & Management, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Sustainable Development Goals are eligible for this certificate. Upon completion of the MPH and the certificate, students should have a total of 52 credits. The certificate is 12 credits, but only 2 certificate courses (6 credits) may be double-counted with the MPH (46 credits, which includes 6 double-counted credits, plus 6 additional credits).

International Students who pursue the certificate with the MPH are not allowed to receive a Program Extension as the certificate is not required to complete the MPH program. Therefore, they must complete the certificate by the time they graduate from their MPH.


GPH-GU 5320 Data Utilization in Public Health Practice (3) (Fall)
Public health practice typically demands competencies in identifying, extracting, analyzing and interpreting information from large survey and administrative data sets (e.g., Demographic and Health Surveys, census data), government reports, and qualitative studies. This course develops those competencies through a rigorous evaluation of existing resources and best practices in data utilization for situational assessment, policy and strategy development, and surveillance of health outcomes through real-world case studies. The course also provides students with skills in data analysis and data visualization using Microsoft Excel and basic skills training in the statistical programs SAS, STATA, and R.

GPH- GU 5380 Data Driven Decision Making In Global Public Health (3) (Fall)
This course develops skills and competencies in making data-driven decisions to improve global public health outcomes, especially in high disease- and malnutrition-burden environments. It is based on a framework of enabling environment, supply, demand, and quality factors that affect the effective coverage of services that would prevent outcomes such as under-5 mortality, neonatal mortality, maternal mortality and stunting. The class introduces decision support platforms developed by UNICEF, WHO, and the World Bank that help public health professionals choose between available strategies and interventions in a high-burden country to reduce adverse health and nutrition outcomes.

GPH- GU 5410 Results Focused Strengthening Of Health Systems In LMICs (3) (Fall)
This course covers elements that are necessary for developing impactful global public health programs in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC), including but not limited to: a comprehensive overview of health systems and their specific components; an explanation of how the health system functions in different country settings; and an overview of cross-cutting system-wide supply and demand bottlenecks and evidence-based strategies to address these. Assignments use practical country case studies and analyses of data sets on health system bottlenecks, strategic shifts, and enabling environments as well as estimations of resource requirements, cost effectiveness, and financing needs for health system strengthening.

GPH- GU 5420 - Monitoring And Management Of Public Health Programs For Equity (3) (Spring)
This course develops skills and competencies for key steps in program monitoring and management to improve equity of global public health outcomes, namely situation analysis of equity, modeling effects of management decisions, monitoring changes in equity outcomes, and evaluating equity modeling, monitoring and outcomes. For each of these steps, students learn and apply core concepts, measures, and analytic tools concerning equity of outcomes, bottlenecks in coverage of interventions, and out of pocket health expenditures. The class will introduce databases, methods, and tools developed by UNICEF, World Bank, IHME, and WHO, that help public health professionals reduce inequity in health and nutrition outcomes in LMICs.


Epidemiology and Biostatistics

How Do I Apply?

Current GPH graduate students can apply through this application.

All others can click here to apply.

For More Information

Please contact Clinical Associate Professor of Global Health, Dr. Chris Dickey.

Online Learning at GPH

The School of Global Public Health is dedicated to providing a connected, professional, and scholastic environment for our online courses. 

Financial Aid

The certificate tuition is charged on a per-credit basis at a cost of $899.50 per credit.