Global Health Minor

The area of global health has become a critical field of study across and within diverse disciplines because of the cross-border and cross-national implications of health-related risks for national security, commerce, transportation and healthcare delivery itself.

In collaboration with the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, the minor in Global Health is designed to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to explore and discuss the implications with an interdisciplinary lens.

The minor is comprised of five courses, two of which are foundation and core courses, three electives, and a global health experience to be approved by the Global Health minor advisor.

Program of Studies

All coursework must be completed at a minimum grade of B and courses may not be taken Pass/Fail.


Select 1, if both are taken, 1 may be used as an elective

  • PHTH 2350 Community and Public Health
    or PHTH 2351 Community and Public Health – Global
  • AFRS/PHTH 1270 Introduction to Global Health


Select 1, if more than 1 is taken, additional courses may be used for electives

  • AFRS 3424 Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases & Health Disparities in the African Disapora
  • PHTH 4120 Global Perspectives on Discrimination and Health
  • PHTH 5202 Epidemiology
  • PHTH 5230 Global Health


3 Courses required

  • No more than 2 courses from any area may count toward the minor electives.
  • No more than 2 required courses in the student’s major may count toward the minor electives.
  • At least 1 of the minor electives must be at the 3000-level or above.

Community and Public Health Biology of Health and Disease Society and Cultural Health/Area Studies Globalization and Development
PHTH 1261 Comparative Healthcare Systems BIOL 1141 Microbes and Society PHIL 1165 Moral and Social Problems in Health Care POLS 1160 International Relations
PHTH 2301 Communication Skills of the Health Professions – Global ENVR 1110 Global Climate Change ECON 1230 Healthcare and Medicinal Economics ECON 1291 Development Economics
PHTH 4540 Health Education and Program Planning LACS 1220 Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies LPSC 2302 Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
AFRS 4939 Community Health and Development ANTH 4350 Ethnography of Southeast Asia CRIM 1400 Human Trafficking
ANTH 4510 Anthropology of Africa HLTH 1510 Introduction to Healthcare Ethics
ANTH 4515 Ethnography of India
HIST 3322 History of Medicine in North America


1 required, to be approved by Global Health minor advisor


  • International Co-op with substantive health content
  • Dialogues of Civilization with substantive health content
  • Experience with an NGO or other organization, either in the US or abroad, that addresses global health

Comparative Healthcare Systems and Communications – London Dialogue
Global Health, Development, Culture and Swahili – Kenya Dialogue


Competency in language other than English

Admissions Requirements

Students in good academic standing (minimum 3.0 GPA overall) may fill out the form below and declare the Global Health Minor. Once students have completed one of the prerequisite courses listed above with a minimum grade of B, they will be officially admitted into the global health minor.

Complete the form below to declare a Global Health Minor.

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Contact Information

Please contact the Bouve Office of Student Services for assistance with course registration or if you have questions about the minor.
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