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Global Health Certificate Program Focusing on Low Resource Countries

The global health certificate program moves beyond the standard “language and culture” model of study abroad to provide an interprofessional and integrated approach to the challenge of health care delivery. Focused on the societal issues that influence the delivery of health care in low resource countries, this program will prepare students professionally to work in global settings and address health disparities. The curriculum will address diversity and inclusion, enhance language skills and provide student engagement through service-learning opportunities with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in a Latin American country. As part of the capstone study abroad experience, students will provide health education for underserved/underrepresented populations in collaboration with a local NGO.

Listen to Dr. Amerson explain how the Clemson Global Health Certificate program works.
Listen to Dr. Amerson explain how the Clemson Nursing Global Health Certificate program works.

About the Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in global health is open to undergraduate students enrolled in health-related disciplines at Clemson University. The 12-credit certificate introduces students to preventive care and interdisciplinary approaches to health promotion in low resource countries. Working with faculty, students will learn to recognize and address the social determinants of health that cross geographic and socioeconomic boundaries.

How the certificate helps you

Completing an undergraduate certificate in global health gives you tools to operate as a global citizen. Through the courses and a field experience, the student will be able to:

  • synthesize knowledge of current global health issues and develop innovative strategies to improve health outcomes in low resource countries;
  • engage in meaningful service-related field experiences in a low resource country; and,
  • prepare for internationally focused careers in academia, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, immigrant health agencies, philanthropic foundations and international health organizations.

Important information

  • Requirements

    The undergraduate global health certificate is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled in a health-related discipline at Clemson University. Please speak with an advisor if you are unsure if your current major qualifies for the certificate. To complete the certificate you will need at least 12 credits hours in global health to include:

    • Six credit hours of core coursework. NURS 3600 Social Determinants of Health in Low Resource Countries (3 credits) and NURS 3610 Leadership and Collaboration for Global Health (3 credits), *note these courses may be offered in fall or spring term only and must be taken when offered.
    • Three credit hours of fieldwork. NURS 3620 study abroad (current trip-i.e. Peru). This four week session will focus on language acquisition while working and living in a low resource country.
    • Three credit hours of approved supporting requirements. Students may choose from an approved list of electives depending upon their intended discipline and area of interest.
  • Eligibility

    All Clemson University undergraduates with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher who have completed the first core class for the certificate must complete the undergraduate certificate application for the plan of study. You will need several pieces of information to complete the form, including a tentative plan for completing all of the program’s requirements.

  • Certificate completion checklist

    • Meet with an advisor for the global health certificate program to determine if the certificate is appropriate for your discipline and career goals.
    • Enroll in NURS 3600 for the fall or spring semester after meeting with the advisor.
    • Complete an undergraduate certificate application for the plan of study and submit to the global health certificate coordinator, Roxanne Amerson. The undergraduate certificate application complements but does not replace in-person advising. We strongly encourage you to see an advisor for an individual meeting at least once before enrolling in the NURS 3600.


    • Must complete all requirements for coursework, supporting requirements and field work in order to complete the certificate program.
  • Deadlines

    Complete the undergraduate certificate application for the plan of study and submit to Roxanne Amerson by the end of the December 1.

  • Study Abroad

    The online application and travel requirements for the trip can be found at Clemson’s study abroad site. These requirements must be met and completed by the deadline for travel to be permitted during the designated field work portion of the global health certificate. APPLY NOW

  • Important notes about supporting requirement

    • Some courses are offered by different departments. Electives must be approved prior to registration for consideration as credit towards the certificate.
    • If you have questions about any supporting requirement or courses that you feel might be appropriate to use as an elective, ask a program advisor.
    • Class schedules may change. Check iROAR for the most accurate information.

    Supporting Requirement List (choose one course from the list)

    • Medical Sociology SOC 4800
    • Women in the Developing World ANTH 4230
    • Spanish for Health Professionals SPAN 4150
    • Elementary Spanish SPAN 1010
    • Elementary Spanish SPAN 1020
    • Basic Spanish SPAN 1040
    • Intermediate Spanish SPAN 2010
    • Introduction to Anthropology ANTH 2010
    • Women in Global Perspective WS 1030
    • Globalization and Social Change SOC 4330
Necessary Links Contacts

Roxanne Amerson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(864) 720-2065

Lisa Miller, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
(864) 656-3268

Student Blog

Clemson University School of Nursing Major Anna Katsis and her exploration into countries lacking basic medical needs

Anna Katsis is a student at Clemson University majoring in nursing while working towards completing her Global Health Certification. Her nursing course, Social Determinants of Health in Low Resource Countries, "has brought a great deal of global health issues to my attention and has taught me a lot about providing appropriate nursing care to different cultures around the world." Anna created her blog, A Global Mind, to further explore her passion of helping those who are without basic medical needs. Read what Anna has discovered.

Student Blog

Mary Moore is a member of Clemson University’s Social Determinants of Health in Low Resource Countries class.

Mary Moore is a member of Clemson University’s Social Determinants of Health in Low Resource Countries class. Her goal is to create posts on important global topics that are insightful, that interest her and hopefully others, and allow further discussion. Please feel free to comment and contribute to the topics mentioned in her blog, Global Topics.