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Minor in Global Health

If you’re passionate about the health of communities all over the world, this track could launch your career!

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The Minor in Global Health is designed to give students an understanding of the interconnected and international health challenges the world faces today. Global commerce, mass migration, infectious diseases, and water or air pollution across borders all affect human health in complex ways that will require innovative solutions. If you’re passionate about the health of communities all over the world, this minor will help you set sail.

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting health and wellness of individuals and communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our Minor in Global Health serves as an extension of our mission to promote health and social justice locally and globally.

Today, Global Health problems, issues, and concerns transcend national boundaries and require cooperative actions and solutions. We live in a closely linked world, where the globalization of commerce, communications, and travel magnifies both problems and opportunities. For human health, knowledge and technology can connect us and support prevention and treatment surveillance. However, the rapid movement of people, infectious disease, contaminated food, polluted water and air, and toxic substances across national borders brings increased health risks. Many individuals have a passion to address these global challenges, and a sense of urgency to promote social justice, and Global Health provides the training to meet these complex health challenges.

The Global Health minor will be available to declare starting Fall 2021. A minimum of 18 units is required to complete the Global Health Minor. Students in the BS with a major in Public Health are not eligible to declare the Global Health minor.

Required courses (15 units):

  • HPS 302 - Introduction to Program Evaluation in Global Health (3)
  • HPS 409 - Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WaSH) (3)
  • HPS 417 - Health Systems in Global Health (3)
  • HPS 433 - Global Health (3)
  • HPS 459 - Management of Global Public Health Emergencies (3)

Elective courses (complete 3 units):

  • EPID 309 - Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
  • HPS 400-801 - Contemporary Community Health Problems (Study Abroad Section) (3)
  • HPS 404 - Fundamentals of Evaluation (3)
  • HPS 406 - CURES Immersive Experience in Women's Research (3)
  • EPID 411 - Health and Disease Across Time and the World (3)
  • GHI 414 - Comparative Health Analysis from a Global Perspective (3)
  • PHPM 415 - Strategic Planning (3)
  • HPS 416 - The World's Food and Health (3)
  • EHS 420 - Environmentally Acquired Illnesses (3)
  • CPH 423 - Health Promotion Approach to Address Health Inequity (3)
  • EHS 425 - Public Health Lens to Climate Change (3)
  • CPH 432 - Food in 2050 and Beyond: Climate Change and Global Health (3)
  • HPS 439C - Global Experience in Public Health (1-3 units)
  • GHI 440 - Intercultural Communication for Health Sciences (3)
  • HPS 456 - A Circular Approach to Global Indigenous Research (3)
  • CPH 457 - Global Maternal Health: Cultural Perceptions and Policy Approaches (3)
  • CPH 481 - Food System Preparedness for Global Emergency Risks 


2.0 GPA

Admission to the minor requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

View Curriculum Guide

How to Declare the Minor

Step One

Take time to review the minor curriculum guide and course options to ensure the Global Health minor is the best option for your career goals and interests. 

Step Two

Declare Minor

Complete the online Public Health Minor Declaration Form. Note: Admission into the minor does not guarantee entry into public health courses as course registration depends on meeting course pre-requisites and course availability. At the time of graduation, minor coursework GPA must be at least a 2.0. 


Find your Advisor

See the academic advising page to determine your academic advisor (determined by the student's campus and last name). Once the minor has been added to your program in UAccess, you will have access to email and meet with your assigned minor advisor.

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