Equipping students who are passionate about making the world a better place, to make a global impact in the reduction of health disparities and economic, social, environmental, political inequalities.

Want to build knowledge, skills and credentials in a specialized area above and beyond a master’s degree without extending your time at Falk College? The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Global Health is a 19-credit hour graduate program to further your knowledge through a comprehensive, specialized curriculum of applied skills in global health policy and practice.

CAS programs are helpful stand-alone options to enhance an advanced degree you already have. Supplementing a master’s program with a CAS generally entails courses that match MA or MS requirements. Because little to no additional time or financial investment is required, pairing a master’s degree and a CAS simultaneously is ideal to help you achieve your career goals. CAS programs also can lead to licensure and credentialing following successful completion of certain testing requirements.

This program emphasizes the integration of social and behavioral determinants of health combined with practice and evidence-based strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and policies in global settings. The CAS in Global Health can be offered in combination with any graduate degree, or pursued as a stand-alone Certificate. It is particularly useful in providing students in technical or terminal degrees with global health credentials to help them pursue their careers in a global setting. A practicum concluding the program provides students direct field experience.

Why this degree makes a difference in society today…tomorrow…

Our globally focused advanced degree in public health teaches students about the public health issues and solutions that vary across cultures and countries, providing an important foundation for global public health work. With this unique worldview, our CAS trains students in seeking out best practices around the globe and applying them to address specific international public health initiatives. The combination of academic coursework and a global internship requirement prepares students to implement critical public health agendas, from investigating causes of illnesses and epidemics, developing effective disease prevention policies, to designing educational and wellness programs in countries without advanced public health practices.

Sample Courses

Course work helps students apply theories, concepts and models from social and behavioral disciplines as they relate to global health. Sample courses include:

  • Development and Evaluation of Global Health Programs
  • Applied Epidemiology in Global Health
  • Social & Behavioral Determinants in Global Health
  • Comparative Health Policy
View all course requirements and electives

Why a CAS is Important

Students consider CAS programs to advance or complement an existing skill set, or to develop a new one. For some students, CAS programs are helpful stand-alone options to enhance an advanced degree they already have. For others, supplementing a master’s program with a CAS generally entails coursework that matches MA or MS requirements. With little to no additional time or financial investment required, pairing a master’s degree and a CAS simultaneously is appealing.

Take for example, a student in Falk College’s MFT or MSW programs, or its dual degree program in MFT-MSW. Enrolling in the CAS in Addiction Studies while pursuing one of these master’s degree pairs two important skills in high demand. Today there is a prevalence in individuals experiencing a co-existing addiction disorder and mental health disorder. Failure to recognize that an individual with a mental health disorder is also dependent on alcohol or drugs (or vice versa) impedes treatment. So combining competencies in mental health counseling with addiction studies prepares students to address society’s needs while enhancing their marketability for employment.

What’s the advantage of earning a CAS credential and a master’s degree?

Graduate certificates are important when pursuing a master’s degree because they can give you a leg up on employment once you graduate. You build knowledge, skill and credentials in a specialized area of interest above and beyond the master’s degree without extending your time at Falk. And when you graduate with a master’s degree and a Certificate of Advanced Study, the CAS letters next to your MA, MS, MSW or MFT on your new business cards are a valuable addition.

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Students are actively engaged in ongoing research projects that are local and global, using a highly interdisciplinary collaborative approach across multiple laboratories, centers, and institutions on the Syracuse University campus and beyond, including Upstate Medical University’s Institute for Human Performance, CGHATS, and its Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology & Neurobiology Laboratory (PsychGENe Lab).

Students can immerse themselves in research projects working with faculty and community partners. Collaborative research projects funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, include ADA-PARC and the Community 4All Project. Options abroad include Syracuse University centers in Beijing, Florence, London, and Madrid, and to our World Partner programs American University Nairobi, CEDEI Semester in the Andes (Cuenca, Ecuador), SIT South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy, the University of New South Wales, and the University of Queensland.

What's next after this degree

A Ph.D. is required for college teaching and advanced research positions. Many students consider enrolling in Ph.D. programs upon completion of the masters, including studies in clinical psychology and exercise science. Other advanced degrees suit the range of fields that public health touches: master’s in health communication, master’s in community health education, master’s in behavioral health, master’s in health administration (MHA), or master’s in public administration (MPA). Other relevant graduate work can be pursued in law, political science, anthropology, or sociology.


Many global health graduates find employment within Government and non-government organizations. A variety of job titles exist in the field of global health, from opportunities in health promotion and disease prevention in developing countries to health consequences of trauma, violence, war, and displacement. Students interested in this career path are encouraged to also achieve proficiency in a second language. Graduates can go into jobs such as Medical and Health Services Managers, Health Educators, Community Health Workers and Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary. Career paths for Global Health masters graduates include the following sectors:

  • Development agencies with national and international scope where graduates are involved in implementing, managing and monitoring development activities, such as WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, The World Bank, European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, International Red Cross, Save the Children, etc.
  • Private companies, consultancies and industries dealing with health such as pharmaceutical and medical companies, the food industry, patent organisations and private consultancy firms.
  • Government bodies and public authorities where graduates are involved in policy related activities, such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Board of Health and Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs.
  • Universities and research institutions where graduates are involved in research.

Learn more about careers in Public Health

Getting Admitted

Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework. Requirements include an official transcript, personal statement and 2 letters of recommendation (one of which must be an academic references; the other may be a professional reference).

To be awarded a CAS, a student must be matriculated in the certificate program for at least one semester. Matriculation may not be backdated. Certification for an advanced degree at Syracuse University requires a minimum average of 3.0 for work comprising the program for the degree and a 2.8 average for all credits earned.

A maximum of three credits from a combination of transfer and/or external examinations/extra-institutional and experiential learning will be accepted toward a CAS.

Admission information for current Syracuse University students

You are considered an “internal admit” if you are a current SU student. If you wish to pursue a concurrent degree; are presently completing one degree program and wish to pursue another; or wish to be admitted to a doctoral program in the same program of study in which you are currently pursuing a master’s degree you need to complete the internal admit process. To be considered for admittance to either the CAS in Addiction Studies or the MS in Global Health, you will need to submit a Graduate Enrollment Internal Admission Application Form and personal statement to Laura Sauta in 344 White Hall.

Personal Statement Instructions

Submit your personal statement as a hard copy or PDF document along with your completed internal admissions application. Be sure to include your name and SUID Number on your personal statement. The purpose of the personal statement is to help the Admissions Committee better understand your interest in, and compatibility with, your chosen profession. Please submit a personal essay of 600-800 words that addresses the following:

  • Why you have selected the program to which you are applying?
  • Describe your personal and professional experiences with diverse populations, referencing at least three of the following dimensions of diversity: age, class, ethnicity, gender, mental/physical ability, race, religion, or sexual orientation.
  • Describe your professional goals, future professional plans, and academic interests.

Once you have completed the internal application form, personal statement and GRE (MS applicants only) and submitted all materials to Laura Sauta in room 202 at 344 White Hall, you will meet with the Graduate program director, or designee, to determine eligibility for internal admission.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to obtain signatures from their current department prior to submitting the application and supporting materials. Applicants from the School of Education must also obtain the signature of Amy Redmond before forwarding the form to the new department. There is no application fee for an internal application.

For additional admissions information, visit the course catalog or contact the Office of Admissions at falk@syr.edu or 315.443.5555.

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