Certificate Requirements

A-Z Overview

After the prerequisites, there are three elements of the GHP certificate:

  • Core courses and electives
  • A summer research project
  • A global health thesis project

 

1. Coursework

Core Courses

Completion of these two courses during the junior year:

GHP 350 (Critical Perspectives in Global Health)

Cross-listed as SPI 380 / ANT 380
This course introduces students to pressing disease and health care problems worldwide and examines efforts currently underway to address them. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the course identifies the main actors, institutions, knowledge and values at play in the 'global health system', and explores the environmental, social, political, and economic factors that shape patterns and variations in disease and health across societies. Topics include: development and the governance of disease; technological change and public health; human rights and social justice; measuring health outcomes; and the shifting role of states, civil society, and public-private partnerships in health care delivery. Students are encouraged to think creatively about health problems and to envision innovative and effective interventions.

GHP 351 (Epidemiology)

Cross-listed as SPI 381
This epidemiology course for undergraduate students in global health and health policy focuses on the distribution and determinants of disease. Diverse methodological approaches for measuring health status, disease occurrence, and the association between risk factors and health outcomes will be presented via classic and contemporary studies of chronic and infectious illness and disease outbreaks. Emphasis on: causal inference, study design and sampling, bias and confounding, the generalizability of research, health policy and research ethics. Prerequisite: an approved basic statistics course.

In spring 2020, fall 2020, and spring 2021, students may choose to take GHP 350 and 351 on a P/D/F basis.

GHP-APPROVED ELECTIVES

  • Complete four additional health-related electives approved by the GHP program.
  • At least one elective must be in an area outside of your department of concentration.
  • Elective options:
    • One elective may be taken during the freshman or sophomore year; all other electives must be completed in the junior and senior years.
    • One elective course may be taken with the P/D/F grading option. With prior program approval, one health-related course taken as part of a non-Princeton study abroad program may count as a GHP elective. (This would also count as the one course allowed with the P/D/F grading option.)

Note for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021:

  • Any GHP electives taken in spring 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021 may be taken as P/D/F, even if this results in a student having more than one P/D/F elective.
  • Any student enrolled in a GHP prerequisite course in spring 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021 is allowed to take that course as P/D/F.

Next Steps: View current courses *

2. Summer Research Project

Conduct an approved field- or lab-based research project during the summer between your junior and senior year. Options include:

  • A research-focused internship
    • With advance approval, a summer "service" internship in global health and health policy with a research component may qualify.
  • Participation in a faculty member's research
  • Independent research

The project or internship must last a minimum of 8 weeks and must be full-time. Students will be asked to report their plans for fulfilling the GHP summer requirement late in the spring semester.

Change for Classes of 2022 and 2023:

For summer 2021 and summer 2022, GHP instituted a modified summer research requirement due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Class of 2022 and Class of 2023 can fulfill the summer research requirement in the following three ways:

  1. An internship or research opportunity, of at least 4 weeks in duration, full-time or part-time, with a central focus on a global health issue.  This would include qualifying health-focused CHW, IIP, and PICS internships, among others.  The internship could be with a university department, nonprofit organization, hospital, for-profit business, or other organization, and can be remote.
  2. Independent health-focused senior thesis research, of at least 4 weeks in duration.  This research can be remote.
  3. Global health book club.  GHP will select one book on an important global health topic.  Students will participate in one synchronous group discussion over the summer, moderated by Sebastian Ramirez, Arbel Griner, and/or Benjamin Rice, and will write one brief response paper.

Next steps: Plan research * See student research library

3. Global Health Senior Thesis

Write a senior thesis in your department of concentration that addresses or relates to global health and health policy in an interdisciplinary manner. The thesis requirement can be fulfilled in three ways:

  • An integrated thesis on a health topic
  • A final chapter that connects the thesis to health and health policy
  • A separate research paper on a topic directly relevant to health and health policy

The topic must be approved by the GHP program in the fall of your senior year. 

Next steps: Plan your thesis

Special Situations

If You Wish to Study Abroad or Anticipate Departmental Conflicts: Consult the course planning guide as soon as possible to arrange your schedule and ensure completion of the GHP prerequisites and program of study. Exceptions may be granted for students studying abroad or with conflicting departmental requirements in the junior year.