Diploma Course Requirements

This diploma provides complementary graduate training in the basics of global health practice to those interested in learning more about global health methods and concepts.

In addition to core courses, elective courses help students apply learning experiences to their global health interests and activities.

The diploma is a useful adjunct to clinical training (e.g. medicine or nursing), academic training in complementary fields (e.g. development, international relations, public policy) and for those who wish to work internationally, or learn about global health research challenges and practice.

Required Courses

Students must complete a minimum 22 credit hours of course work, including the following core courses:

  • HSCI 801-4 Biostatistics for Population Health Practice I
  • HSCI 802-4 Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health
  • HSCI 821-3 Introduction to Global Health
  • HSCI 822-3 Globalization and Health 
  • and eight additional units chosen from the list of electives below

Elective Courses

In addition to the core courses listed above, students also complete a minimum of three elective courses, two of which must be chosen from global health area requirements

  • HSCI 804-3 Biostatistics for Population Health Practice II
  • HSCI 805-3 Intermediate Epidemiologic Methods
  • HSCI 806-3 Principles of Demographic Analysis
  • HSCI 823-3 Health, Gender and Development
  • HSCI 824-3 Comparative Health Care Systems
  • HSCI 825-3 Advocacy and Communication in Global Health
  • HSCI 826-3 Program Planning and Evaluation in Global Health
  • HSCI 828-3 Health, Human Security, Social Justice
  • HSCI 829-3 Health Policy-making in a Global Context
  • HSCI 830-3 Health Promotion
  • HSCI 855-3 Disease Prevention and Control
  • HSCI 870-3 Global Health and International Affairs

and the third course can be chosen from HSCI graduate courses, or from other Simon Fraser University graduate programs. Students should choose electives in consultation with the coordinator and/or director, graduate programs.