Global Health Minor

The College of Arts and Sciences administers an undergraduate minor in global health, overseen by the global health program director and a faculty advisory committee.

To earn a minor, students must complete a total of 24 graded credits from approved courses, at least 12 of which must be at the upper-division level, as well as a 400-level field experience or internship, to be arranged in consultation with a faculty advisor from an affiliated program.

The courses that satisfy the minor are distributed as follows: two core courses and four elective courses. Core and elective courses applied to the minor must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C– or better.

Students seeking to qualify for a minor should, as early as possible, consult the global health program director as well as advisors in the Tykeson College & Career Advising unit. Developing the plan for elective courses with the advisors’ help ensures that the courses selected satisfy the minor requirements and may be completed in a timely fashion.

No later than two terms before graduation, the student must notify the advisors in the Tykeson College & Career Advising unit of intent to graduate for verification of the global health minor coursework and transcript evaluation. The student must also indicate the global health minor on the application for graduation. Students must complete major requirements for an undergraduate degree in another department or school of the university.


Core Courses
GLBL 340Global Health and Development4
400-level course providing field experience (preferably from the student’s home department)4
Two approved natural science courses from list below8
Two approved social science or humanities courses from list below8
Total Credits24


Natural Science Courses
ANTH 175Evolutionary Medicine4
ANTH 220Introduction to Nutritional Anthropology4
ANTH 362Human Biological Variation4
ANTH 369Human Growth and Development4
ANTH 376Genomics and Anthropology4
ANTH 459Advanced Evolutionary Medicine4
BI 121Introduction to Human Physiology4
BI 122Introduction to Human Genetics4
BI 123Biology of Cancer4
BI 140Science, Policy, and Biology4
BI 309Tropical Diseases in Africa4
BI 353Sensory Physiology4
BI 358Investigations in Medical Physiology4
BI 360Neurobiology4
BI 423Human Molecular Genetics4
BI 426Genetics of Cancer4
BI 461Systems Neuroscience4
BI 472Community Ecology4
ENVS 202Introduction to Environmental Studies: Natural Sciences4
HPHY 105Principles of Nutrition4
HPHY 211Medical Terminology3
HPHY 212Scientific Investigation in Physiology4
HPHY 422Physiology of Obesity4
PSY 301Scientific Thinking in Psychology4
PSY 302Statistical Methods in Psychology4
PSY 303Research Methods in Psychology: [Topic]4
PSY 309Psychopathology4
PSY 399Special Studies: [Topic] (Global Child Development)1-5
PSY 459Cultural Psychology4
PSY 472Psychology of Trauma4
Social Science or Humanities Courses
ANTH 413Culture and Psychology4
ANTH 420Culture, Illness, and Healing4
EC 443Health Economics4
EC 490Economic Growth and Development4
ENVS 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
GLBL 415The Global Story of Race4
GLBL 435Global Perspectives on Disability2
GEOG 142Human Geography4
GEOG 181Our Digital Earth4
GEOG 341Population and Environment4
GEOG 481GIScience I4
GEOG 490GIScience: [Topic]4
HC 231HSocial Science Inquiry: [Topic] (Epidemics and Epistemologies)4
HC 232HHonors College Social Science (Disease and Public Health in the Modern World)4
HC 431HHonors College Social Science Colloquium: [Topic]4
HUM 240Medical Humanities4
GLBL 425Global Food Security4
GLBL 463Population Displacement and Global Health4
GLBL 465Global Reproductive Health4
GLBL 467Global Mental Health4
PHIL 220Food Ethics4
PHIL 307Social and Political Philosophy4
PHIL 309Global Justice4
PHIL 335Medical Ethics4
PHIL 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Clinical Ethics)1-5
PPPM 202Healthy Communities4
PPPM 370Global Sustainable Development and Policy4
PPPM 407Seminar: [Topic] (Hazard Mitigation)1-5
PPPM 407Seminar: [Topic] (Public Health)1-5
PSY 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
PSY 366Culture and Mental Health4
SOC 311Research Methods4
SOC 312Statistical Analysis in Sociology4
SOC 399Special Studies: [Topic] (Sociology of Health and Medicine)1-5
SOC 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Science and Society)1-5
SOC 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Sex and Gender in China)1-5
WGS 221Bodies and Power4
WGS 331Science, Technology, and Gender4
WGS 421Bodies and Embodiment4
WGS 407Seminar: [Topic] (Gender and Bodies)1-5

Deviations from the requirements listed must be approved by a global health advisor.


  • 24 Credits are required for the minor, with a minimum of 12 upper division credits
  • A maximum of 12 credits in a single department (including major department) will count towards the Global Health minor. No more than 3 courses with the same subject heading.
  • Twenty credits for the minor must be taken in residence
  • All courses taken for the minor must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of the Field Work Experience requirement
  • Courses applying to the minor must be passed with a C- or above

No more than three courses (12 credits) from a single department (courses with the same subject code) may count toward the minor.