To better prepare students to meet the complex needs of the ever-changing global community, the Global Health Institute and Master of Public Health Program work with health sciences schools as well as leaders from across campus to develop interdisciplinary approaches to improving the health of the public, both locally and globally.

In an increasingly interconnected world there is an urgent need for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, veterinarians, public health practitioners and experts from other fields to work together to address health issues. Whether investigating animal-human links in new bacterial and viral diseases or developing interdisciplinary models that enable communities to take the lead in addressing health priorities, health professionals can be more effective when they combine their scientific knowledge and skills with a deeper awareness of culture, language and society.

Field experiences are determined with critical components such as an international host organization, a field preceptor and a UW faculty mentor involvement to ensure that the field experience enables students to put global health experience, graduate level public health competencies and a passion to make a difference into practice.

How to apply

Students interested in participating in an international field experience to meet the MPH fieldwork requirements are required to be screened through an application process.

For more information regarding the application process, please contact Debbie Siegenthaler, MPH community engagement coordinator, at

The Graduate Global Health Certificate

The Graduate/Professional Certificate in Global Health is available to graduate students as well as professional students in the health sciences. The program is administered by the campus-wide Global Health Institute at UW-Madison. The certificate curriculum focuses on global health topics and health issues that transcend national boundaries, emphasizing health and disease in developing countries.

Through a nine-credit program of preparatory course work and culminating in a global health field experience, students will be prepared to address health disparities in a context of cultural diversity.

Certificate recipients may serve populations internationally or work among the increasingly diverse population of Wisconsin and the United States. The Global Health Certificate pairs nicely with the MPH degree, allowing for some specialization. Credits taken toward the Global Health Certificate may count as MPH electives. Applications for the Global Health Certificate are due April 30th.

View more information about the certificate and application process