About the Global Health Program

The Global Health Program (GHP) is a new interdisciplinary undergraduate      degree program at the University of California San Diego

Beginning Fall of 2014, the GHP includes a Bachelor of Arts in Global Health (BAGH) and incorporates the currently existing Global Health Minor. 

The program is the first of its kind within the University of California and one of only a handful in North America where students can gain a comprehensive initiation to the exciting and rapidly growing field of Global Health. The GHP is student-centered and emphasizes a balance between critical thinking and real world experience. 

Undergraduate degrees in the Global Health Program provide students with an in‐depth understanding of factors related to illness, health, and healing from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective that transcends national borders and regional interests and takes cultural difference and diversity fully into account.

Global Health is directly concerned with achieving equity in health for people worldwide.


The curriculum is highly student-centered and closely articulated with the UCSD Global Health Initiative and with themes outlined in UCSD’s Strategic Plan (Enriching Human Life and Society, Understanding and Protecting the Planet, and Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society).

The program’s degrees are designed to be intellectually comprehensive, integrating the social sciences, biological sciences, and humanities. They combine academic and experiential learning, striking a balance between acquisition of hard skills, critical thinking, and real world knowledge .

An important feature of the program is a Global Health Field Experience at a research, service, or clinical site either in the United States or abroad, which for majors culminates in a capstone seminar and senior thesis.

The GHP's unique research and writing opportunities make both the BA and Minor excellent preparation for medical and graduate school, and for careers in health sciences, research and teaching, service-providing organizations, government agencies, or law.

The program has faculty participation from the Divisions of Social SciencesBiological Sciences, and Arts & Humanities, the School of Medicine, the Rady School of Management, and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, as well as collaboration from the International CenterAcademic Internship Program, Career Services, the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, the Center on Global Justice, and the Blum Cross-Border Initiative.

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