Declaring the Certificate
All undergraduate students at UW-Madison are eligible to declare and complete the Certificate in Global Health. There are no prerequisites for declaring, and students pursuing the program are encouraged to declare as early as possible so that they can best align the coursework with their interests and plan their field experience.
Students declaring the certificate are expected to have read through all program requirements and policies outlined in Guide, have a sense of what course or program they want to do for the field experience requirement, and be able to complete all coursework without extending their degree timeline. Still deciding if the certificate is the right fit, or if you have time? If you are unsure, we recommend taking a core course first (e.g. Nutri Sci 203) and/or meeting with an advisor to learn more before officially declaring the certificate.
When to Declare
Students are encouraged to declare as soon as they have determined that they want to complete the certificate program and have a plan for incorporating the requirements into their 4-year plan. Students are strongly encouraged to declare before the start of their Junior year, as declaring before this point helps ensure that you can make the most of your certificate and field experience options. Students delaying declaration until their senior year risk not being able to complete all requirements and will have fewer field experience options.
Two Ways to Declare
Elective Exception Form
If you find a global health-related course that is not our list of pre-approved electives, fill out the form found at the link below for consideration. You may only count one elective exception towards your Certificate unless the courses are part of a study abroad program or the courses were taken at another university. Several weeks after filling out the form, you will receive an email to tell you if your elective exception has been approved or denied.
Field Experience Exception Form
If you would like to propose a field experience that is not on our list of pre-approved field experiences, fill out the form at the link below for consideration. Your application must include your plan for receiving credit. Several weeks after filling out the form, you will receive an email to tell you if your field experience exception has been approved or denied. It is recommended you see your advisor before submitting the form.
When you are visiting other communities and meeting with people from diverse backgrounds–whether abroad or in Wisconsin–there are ethical considerations that guide global health. While there is a lot more to be said on the subject, here are some guidelines and resources to get you started:
Global Health Opportunities and Career Resources
If you are looking for a way to jumpstart your career in global health or are looking for a way to gain more experience during college or on a gap year or two before graduate school, the following resources may be useful. You are also welcome to set up an appointment to discuss career opportunities with your advisor.
Learn about the career paths taken by some alumni of the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health.
Anatoli Berezovsky, medical student at University of Texas at Austin and former Teach for America chemistry teacher
Allie DeLonay, Programmer Analyst for the Health Innovation Program at UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health
Eleanore Kukla, Healthcare Analyst at Molina Healthcare
Melissa Marshall, instructor of undergraduate public health courses for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Nevada State College (NSC) and former program manager on a HUD funded healthy homes technical studies grant
Sara Mutnick, Director of Health Equity Education at The Rodham Institute at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
Monica Rodgers, a medical student at the Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) at the University of Vermont and former Peace Corps volunteer in Peru
Allison Rodriguez, current MPH student and former Bilingual Family Support Specialist in the Early Childhood Initiative and Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua
Laura Rostowfske Reilly, former Bilingual AmeriCorps Health Educator at Metro Community Provider Clinic through AmeriCorps and a recent graduate of a MSc of Public Policy in Glasgow, Scotland
Maggie Streeten, student in Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife program at Yale University and former Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa