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Certificate Global Health and Health Policy

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About this course

Over the course of the last century, innovations in public health and medicine have improved outcomes in many affluent countries. In other parts of the world, however, the situation is more complicated.

New public-private partnerships and multidisciplinary research collaborations are reshaping global health. They ask not just what, but why andhow? Princeton is at the forefront of this movement, transforming realities for people around the world, and you can be part of that experience.

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Eligibility Criteria


  • Educational Testing Service administers the internet-based TOEFL. The Graduate School prefers scores from the iBT TOEFL. Due to the nature of the graduate admission process, the Graduate School has not set a recommended minimum score for the iBT TOEFL. Applicants who take the test in a country which does not offer the iBT TOEFL should take the PBT TOEFL.
  • Admitted students who score below a 28 on the speaking subsection of the TOEFL iBT will be required to take an English placement test at Princeton.  Students who do not pass the test will be required to enroll in English Language Program classes.


  • IELTS is a testing arm of Cambridge University, United Kingdom ESOL examinations and the British Council. Students who wish to demonstrate English proficiency through the IELTS test should visit their website(link is external), for information about the administration of this test and how to have test results reported to Princeton in a timely fashion.

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Course Modules

Below are the requirements to complete the GHP certificate, which include:

  • Core courses
  • Electives
  • A summer research project
  • A global health thesis project

1. Coursework
Core Courses
Completion of these two courses by the end of junior year: GHP 350 (Critical Perspectives on Global Health and Health Policy) and GHP 351 (Epidemiology).

Both of the required core courses must be taken for a grade.

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.)

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 internshipWith 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.

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. 




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How to Apply

Application Planning
While you will apply to the program during the spring of sophomore year, we recommend that you begin planning as a freshman. This way, you can balance prerequisites with your other activities, while learning key concepts along the way. Please note: You must complete GHP prerequisites by the end of sophomore year to apply. Prerequisite waivers are only granted in exceptional cases.

  •  Review GHP Prerequisites: Program prerequisites include coursework, minimum grades, demonstrated interest & an essay (completed as part of the application).
  • Chart Your Course: Plan your path forward from day one withstandard, study abroad & AP planning options that cover all four years.
  • View Upcoming Courses: See what’s on offer now & plan your coursework for the upcoming semester.
  • Apply for the GHP Program: Watch for the application link during early February of your sophomore year. 

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