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Graduate Certificates

    • Graduate Certificate in Public Diplomacy
    • Graduate Certificate in Global Health Affairs


    The Public Diplomacy Graduate Certificate is an interdisciplinary, 24-credit certificate, which examines the history, theory, methods and uses of strategic communication for the purposes of informing, influencing, and establishing dialogue with international publics and stakeholders. Recognizing the central role of mediated communication in international relations today, the certificate is designed to help students acquire a sophisticated understanding of global media and communication processes and the ways in which they are employed by individuals, groups, organizations, and governments to advance their strategic interests.  The certificate combines expertise from the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, providing students with a truly interdisciplinary experience and preparing them to address contemporary international challenges in ways that make an impact. Graduates of the Public Diplomacy Certificate will be equipped with conceptual and practical skills that prepare them for careers in the fields of cultural diplomacy, nation branding, public affairs and information, foreign aid, global health and development communication, international strategic communication, and international education.


    This Graduate Certificate requires a total of 24 credits. Students who complete the certificate’s requirements will receive this credential in addition to their master’s degree and it will appear on their University transcript. Students will take classes in three categories as follows:

    1. Foundational Courses (two courses – 8 credits):
      • MFJS 4065 Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding AND one of the following:
        • MFJS 4160 Media Theories OR
        • MFJS 4650 Global Media and Communication OR
        • MFJS 4080: Global and Multicultural Campaigns


    1. Applied Course (one course – 4 credits):
    • MFJS 4050: Foundations of Strategic Communication OR
    • MFJS 4060: Strategic Messaging (pre-requisite MFJS 4050 or MFJS 4080) OR
    • MFJS 4165: Global Health and Development Communication OR
    • MFJS 4912: Topics in Media and Communication (approval from Certificate Director(s) required)


    1. Context Specialization Courses (three courses – 12 credits):

    NOTE: at least two of the courses for this category must be from the Josef Korbel School, while the third course may be from either unit as indicated below.

    When choosing Context Specialization courses, students should select courses that directly focus on the society, politics, economics, or culture of particular countries or regions or challenges within a specific thematic area.  Context Specialization courses must be arranged into a logical three-course set (by region and/or topic) that matches student interests and is approved by Certificate Director(s).


    Certificate Directors:
    Prof. Nadia Kaneva                                         Prof. Lewis Griffith                                        
    Department of MFJS                                       Josef Korbel School of International Studies                        
    (303) 871-4574                                              (303) 871-2550


    Please note that all administrative processes for the Graduate Certificate in Public Diplomacy, including graduation processes, are handled by the Department of Media, Film, and Journalism Studies.

  • Certificate in Public Diplomacy Coursework Plan


    The Certificate in Global Health Affairs (GHA) provides advanced theoretical, practical and leadership training at the intersection of health and international affairs with a focus on decision making. The seven course GHA curriculum focuses directly on this intersection, with a powerful give and take between the medical and social approaches to health in every course, providing an ideal platform for cross-sectoral work with NGOs, IOs, government, research, or advocacy. Students who graduate with the certificate distinguish themselves as leaders and innovators through the pursuit of the “science of service” on and off campus. While most GHA students take advantage of traditional internship opportunities at leading international health organizations, many also pursue action-oriented research and leadership projects through a network of partner agencies and through our own student-led community-based research projects. Throughout the GHA program, students build an evidence-based framework for evaluating project impacts on served communities, service agencies, their own career paths and JKSIS.

    The certificate consists of two Global Health Core courses and two Methods and Practice core courses, complemented by three elective courses and an internship/field requirement. Students are encouraged, but not required to undertake action-oriented research projects including a thesis or Significant Research Paper (SRP), which may be completed for course credit. It is
    recommended, though not required, that you take at least one Global Health Core course prior to or concurrent to your first Methods and Practice Core or Elective course.

    Please note that all administrative processes for the Graduate Certificate in Global Health Affairs, including graduation processes, are handled by the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.

  • Certificate in Global Health Affairs Information Sheet

This portfolio last updated: 03-Apr-2023 3:16 PM