Certificate Programs

The Global Health eLearning Center courses are organized into Certificate Programs to help you focus your learning with a more comprehensive study of key topics of global health.

You can earn a certificate in a variety of global health areas by successfully completing all courses within a program area. As always, specific course certificates are available on an individual course basis. Certificates Programs will be expanded as new courses are developed.

Program Groups

Child Survival

Child survival and disease control including oral rehydration therapy (ORT) and zinc supplementation to treat diarrhea; basic immunizations for common ailments; micronutrient supplementation to treat malnutrition; and more; save the lives of approximately 6 million children under 5 each year.

Early Childhood Development

Globally, 200 million children are not meeting their developmental potential. Ensuring a strong beginning for children will enable them to live healthy, productive lives. Evidence shows that Early Child Development programs benefit children, families, and communities.

Family Planning Methods

Over 200 million women living in developing countries do not want to become pregnant and yet are not using effective contraceptive methods. Family planning methods are very effective in preventing pregnancy when used correctly and are an important part of a program's contraceptive method mix.

Gender and Health

Taking into account both the differences and the inequalities between men and women in program planning, implementation, and assessment is vitally important to USAID programming. The roles and activities of men and women affect who does what in carrying out an activity, and who benefits.

Governance and Health

Improving governance is one of the essential elements of realizing the dream of a strong health system achieving greater health impact. Good governance enables the effective use of medicines, information, human resources, and finances to deliver better health service performance and better health outcomes.

Impact Evaluation of Health Communication Programs

This series of courses prepares learners to rigorously evaluate the impact of health communication interventions, determine the psychosocial mechanisms underlying social and behavioral change, test models and hypotheses of communication influence at the population level, inform program practice and contribute to implementation science. This is a highly valued skill set among donor agencies and the public and private sectors, which place a premium on strategic and cost-effective investment decision-making.

Infectious Diseases

Preventing infectious diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis, while simultaneously strengthening the treatment and control programs that exist in health care systems is vital to decreasing the global disease burden. 

Maternal Health

The major direct causes of maternal morbidity and mortality include hemorrhage, infection, high blood pressure, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labor. The health of the mother is critical to ensuring the health of the whole family.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is about collecting, storing, analyzing and finally transforming data into strategic information so it can be used to make informed decisions for program management and improvement, policy formulation, and advocacy.

Neonatal Health

The first days and weeks of life are critical for the future health and survival of a child. Nearly two-thirds of the 6.5 million infant deaths each year occur within the first four weeks of life, and about two-thirds of those occur within the first week.


One-third of the world’s population experiences some form of poor nutrition, leading to increased rates of illness, mortality, and lost productivity. There are interventions that can be employed to address poor nutrition and diarrheal disease.

Organizational Change and Knowledge Management

In today’s ever-changing and interconnected world, public health organizations, program managers, and health care workers need to be agile in their ability to constantly acquire, change, and adapt their practices based on the latest life-saving evidence. Adopting change management and knowledge management strategies and practices can strengthen the performance of health care workers and programs.

Pharmaceutical Systems Strengthening

Pharmaceutical systems strengthening topics address areas related to strengthening country systems to ensure access to safe, effective, quality-assured, and affordable essential medical products and to related services that promote their appropriate use. This includes a 101 overview of pharmaceutical systems strengthening and an in-depth look at strengthening country medical product quality assurance systems, combating antimicrobial resistance, governance in the pharmaceutical sector, and logistics for health commodities. Another free, 10 module, online course called Foundations of Good Manufacturing Practices is also available here.

Private Sector Approaches

Engaging the private sector is critical to meeting priority health goals in developing countries. The sector plays an important role in many countries and is an integral part of the health system serving urban and rural areas, rich and poor. It offers valuable resources and can help relieve the demands placed on the public sector. 

Reproductive Health Issues

Reproductive health addresses the reproductive processes, functions, and system at all stages of life from menarche through menopause.  It is the focal point for issues related to reproductive health, maternal health, and infant health.