Global Health and Latin American and Caribbean Studies


This certificate is intended to create a unique interdisciplinary professional training experience for students interested in Global Health issues among Latin American and Caribbean populations. Within the field of Public Health in Latin America and the Caribbean, its particular focus is on public health assessment strategies, which encompass the systematic collection, assembling, and analysis of health data to illustrate an area's health situation. Through this graduate certificate program, students will be exposed to current challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean and reach an understanding of the way global public health issues unfold in the region. Students will learn key methodological approaches for assessing public health issues among Latin American populations. This graduate joint program will train students to understand and deal with the economic, political, social and cultural processes that affect public health among Latin American populations. Graduates might be prepared to find jobs within American institutions like USAID or CDC dealing with health issues in Latin America, or international organizations like the Panamerican Health Organization, WHO and national institutions within the region.

Course Location/Delivery

This certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

CEU/Licensure Credit

Inquire through appropriate department.

Admission Requirements

Bachelor degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited university or college; a minimum GPA of 3.0 on all work completed while registered as an upper-division baccalaureate student; Background and/or demonstrated interest in health issues and/or in Latin America and the Caribbean is required, in terms of course work in the transcripts, relevant travel to the region or working with institutions dealing with the region. Students lacking this background might be required to take pre-requisite courses that will be decided by the advisors to establish a basic foundation for this program.

Application Process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.

In addition to your completed application form, transcripts, resume and letter of interest, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • Three letters of recommendation, two of which are from instructors


None are required.


15 credit hours

  • LAS 6936 Latin American Seminar (3 credits)
  • PHC 6761 GH Special Topics: Global Health Assessment Strategies in Latin America (3 credits)
  • LAS 6913 Independent Study & Research in Latin America (3 credits) OR:
  • PHC 6907 Independent Study in Public Health (3 credits)


Student will divide the remaining 6 credit hours as suggested by the program advisor, according to the background course work they have in either Latin American & Caribbean Studies or in Global Health.

  • SPW 5934 Cuban Culture (3)
  • HUM 6465 Latin American Art & Letters (3)
  • LAS 6936 Seminar Lat Am Studies I (3)
  • SPN 5525 Modern Spanish American Civ (3)
  • ANG 5937 Mexico & Central America (3)
  • HIS 6925 Modern Latin America (4)
  • ISS 5934 Latin Am & Caribbean Seminar (Sel. Top) (3)
  • LAS 6936 Seminar Latin American Studies (Sel. Top) (3)
  • ANG 6115 The Ancient Maya (3)
  • CPO XXXX Democracy in Latin America (3)
  • LAS 6913 Independent Study & Research in LA (3)
  • LAS 6936 Development & Democracy Building in LA (3)
  • LAS 6936 Globalization, the Environ & Agency in LA (3)
  • PHC 6186 Public Health Emergencies in Large Populations (3)
  • PHC 6110 International Health & Health Care Systems (3)
  • PHC 6430 Economics of Health (3)
  • PHC 6441 Social Determinants of Health (3)
  • PHC 6230 Foundations in Humanitarian Assistance (3)
  • PHC 6934 GH Special Topics: Assessment Strategies in LA (4)
  • PHC 6764 Global Health Principles and Contemporary Issues (3)
  • PHC 6106 Global Health Program Development & Administration (3)

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate

Per University Policy, all Certificates have a five year time limit; however, the approximate time to complete the Certificate is three years.

Credit toward Graduate Degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


Ricardo Izurieta, M.D., Dr. PH, M.P.H.
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Dr. Steven Roach
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Codi Babb
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