Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) is a 12-credit certificate program designed to meet the growing need for professional development in global surgical care.

The Certificate is comprised of four graduate level online courses.

SURG 510 – Surgical Care in International Health

SURG 512 – Global Disability: A Surgical Care Mandate

SURG 514 – Surgical Care in Humanitarian Disaster Response

SURG 516 – Program Planning and Evaluation in Surgical Care Low Resource Settings

For more information on each course, visit our Curriculum page.

Students with an interest in global surgical care but who do not wish to complete the GCGSC can enroll in SURG 510  independently of the certificate.


The Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care (GCGSC) can ladder into the MGSC. Details about this process can be found in UBC’s transfer credit policy, outlined by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.


Our Graduates

Alumni of the Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care are leaders in their fields from across multiple disciplines who are implementing their skills and knowledge from the program in global surgical care in low resource settings.


“The graduate certificate further stimulated my interest in all aspects of global surgery. It has provided me with excellent knowledge and perspective both in my own global activities and in listening to others describe their experience, either individually or in a conference setting.”

Dr. S. P. Bugis, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S.C.
Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, UBC
Board Chair, Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS)
Vice President, Physician Affairs and Specialist Practice, Doctors of B.C

Dr. Bugis with the Clinical Officers from the Fundamental Interventions, Referral and Safe Transfer (FIRST) course provided by the Canadian Network for International Surgical Care (CNIS) in Tanga, Tanzania.


“The Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care course should be essential for any medical student, resident or physician working in global health. Safe and sustainable global surgery is more than just performing a surgical procedure. The course enhances your ability to provide effective and ethical global surgical care.”

Dr. F. Gigi Osler , MD, FRCSC (Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery)
Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care
Past President, Canadian Medical Association
Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Manitoba

Dr. F. Gigi Osler