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Duke Launches Global Health Certificate for PhD Students

January 29, 2013

Beginning this fall, doctoral students at Duke will have a new opportunity to expand their training in global health with the Global Health Doctoral Certificate. The new certificate program will provide trainees with a foundation in health and health disparities through a combination of coursework, research-related fieldwork and engagement with global health faculty.

"The Global Health Doctoral Certificate is an outstanding complement to students’ existing coursework and research, enabling them to make important connections between global health and their primary field of study,” said Kathleen Sikkema, director of doctoral studies at the Duke Global Health Institute. “Students will be able to work alongside experts in global health at Duke. Most importantly, they will take with them a strong foundation in global health to draw from throughout their career.”

The certificate is available to students from any school or department who are pursuing a PhD through the Duke Graduate School.

The program requires four courses and a research-related fieldwork experience. The fieldwork is a chance for students to gain hands-on research experience addressing health disparities.  Doctoral certificate candidates will join more than 50 Duke students – undergraduate, graduate and medical – who conduct fieldwork around the world each year.

In addition to the Doctoral Certificate, DGHI also offers the Global Health Doctoral Scholars program, which is in its third year.

Learn more and apply.

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Doctoral Scholar Jie-Sheng Tan Soo is doing environmental health research in India.

“Students will be able to work alongside experts in global health at Duke. Most importantly, they will take with them a strong foundation in global health to draw from throughout their career.”

- Kathleen Sikkema, DGHI

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