Global Health Study Abroad Requirements

Global Health students may study abroad while earning academic credit, however it is not required for the major or minor. Students can also participate in Pre-approved Study Abroad Programs to fulfill the Global Health Field Experience Requirement.

All courses applied towards Global Health requirements must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better and be at least 4.0 units. 

  • A maximum of six courses may be petitioned for credit toward the major.
  • A maximum of two courses may be petitioned for credit toward the minor.

Study Abroad Options





Global Seminar

*Study Abroad programs used to fulfill the Field Experience requirement must have a field work component. Not all study abroad opportunities will fulfill this requirement.

Students should request pre-approval for courses not listed below. Upon return and once the grades appear on your academic transcript, please submit a petition request to have the courses fulfill Global Health requirements. 

Getting Started


Resources for finding and researching opportunities:

For Study Abroad Advising, including international field experience, visit First Steps to get started or schedule an appointment with Global Health Field Experience Advisors:


When should I begin planning for going abroad?

If you’re planning to Study Abroad, begin planning far in advance. 

Global Health students should not plan to study abroad during Winter and Spring of their senior year, as you will need to enrolled in the senior capstone courses.

Here is the recommended timeline:

 study abroad

Attend the UC San Diego Study Abroad Expo in Fall and the Global Health Field Experience Expo in Spring!

Study Abroad Coursework Pre-Approval

Once you have selected a Study Abroad Program you will want to get pre-approval for coursework you plan to count towards your Global Health requirements.


*Please note, if a course is listed below as pre-approved a pre-approval form is not required. 

If your courses are pre-approved, a note will be stored in your student file. When you return from Study Abroad you will want to wait until the coursework appears on your transcript. Once it does, you can submit a petition to have the coursework officially count towards your degree requirement. See instructions below on submitting a petition.

You will be notified via the Virtual Advising Center once your request has been reviewed (please allow 2 weeks before contacting advisor).

Petition Study Abroad Courses Upon Return

Wait until the course and grade has posted to your academic history. 

Upon completion of the course submit one of the following petitions:

Submit an Online Petition Request or

Submit an Undergraduate Student Petition (paper form)

Include the course # (as it appears on TritonLink), course title, # of units, grade received, quarter/semester the course was taken, the University in which you were enrolled and specify the requirement you want to apply the course toward (e.g. Fulfill Global Health Major Elective Requirement). Please also sign and date the petition.

Submit completed petition(s) & syllabus to the Global Health Advisor (The paper form can be scanned and sent via email ( or dropped off in the GHP Office). 

You will be notified via the Virtual Advising Center once your request has been reviewed (please allow 2 weeks before contacting advisor). 

Scholarship Information

Study Abroad Office Scholarship Finding Tool

The Study Abroad Office has many great resources, including a database on MyPAO that will help you find relevant scholarships for study abroad, including many that are unique to our campus. You can search the database using a number of filters to find those awards that best fit your plans. 

Don't forget to also check out other funding options through the Study Abroad Office.

  • Global Seminars/Oasis scholarships ($2,000)
  • Friends General Scholarship ($1,500)
  • Chris Borton Memorial Scholarship ($7,000)
  • Study Abroad UC San Diego Scholarship ($1,500)

UCEAP Promise Awards Scholarship
Education abroad is an investment in your academic, professional, and personal future, and UCEAP wants to help you afford this tremendous opportunity. They offer dozens of scholarships—over $1.5 million for 2015-16—for students of all backgrounds and majors, and for all kinds of study abroad programs.

IEE Passport Study Abroad Funding

This website features detailed descriptions of hundreds of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants, and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, and professionals.

Global Health Institute Field Experience Grant

Up to $2,000 for students who are studying abroad and completing their field experience. Up to $2,000. Applications period announced in Winter Quarter.

Most colleges also offer opportunities for students to apply for study abroad scholarships.

Coursework Abroad

The following courses have been accepted for Global Health Major and Minor requirements. For courses not on the pre-approved list, please submit a Study Abroad Course pre-approval request.
Please note, course numberings may vary on students transcript. Please retain syllabus.

Accepted UCEAP coursework


University Courses Requirements
University of Botswana PUBH 3002. Community Health Practicum Requirement: Field Experience Medical Social Science Elective/Minor Elective/Field Experience Requirement
PUBH 3001. Public and Environmental Health Issues in Botswana Medical Social Science Elective/Minor Elective/Field Experience Requirement
BNS203. Basic Nursing Concepts and Skills in Health Sciences Minor Elective
ENH313. Basic Toxicology Minor Elective
POP404. Gender Reproductive Health and Development Minor Elective
BNS209. HIV/AIDS Education, Prevention and control in Botswana Minor Elective
BIO223. Parasitology for Health Sciences Minor Elective
SOC234. Social Problems in Southern Africa Global Processes Elective (accepted for major only)
SOCI105. Birth. Death. Migration Minor Elective
University of Ghana Global Health and Global Food Medical Social Science Elective
AFST 192A. Effects of AIDS in Gender Inequality Minor Elective
NUTR 307. Basic Nutrition Biological Science Elective
GSPH 405 - Introduction to Gender and Healthcare Medical Social Science Elective
GEOG 473. Medical Geography Minor Elective
HLTH 345 Health and Community Development in South Africa
Minor Elective 
University of Cape Town Culture, Identity & Globalisation in Africa Global Processes Elective (accepted for major only)



University Courses Requirements
University of Hong Kong Health Sciences 12. Contagions: Global Histories of Disease HILD 30 (major and minor core course)
GEOL 106. Cross Boundary Movement and Social Integration Minor Elective
LIFS 1020. Biology of Human Health Biological Sciences Elective
Public Health, Thammasat University (possible FE opportunities) GH392. Geopolitical Realities in Populations in Transition, Mobility & Border Health Summer Program Medical Social Science Elective or Minor Elective
GH391. Health Realities in Border Populations, Mobility & Border Health Summer Program Medical Social Science Elective or Minor Elective
PI345. Disaster and Emergency Management Policy Analysis Requirement or Global Processes Elective (majors only)
P0380. Economics and International Politics Global Processes Elective (majors only)
PI399. Global Political Economy of Trade and Finance Global Processes Elective (majors only)
PI482. Seminar: Globalization, Regional Grouping and State Global Processes Elective (majors only)
PI340. Public Policy and Management in the Global Context Global Processes Elective (majors only)
National Taiwan University HLTH 107. Essentials of Global Health Minor Elective
National University of Singapore SPH2102. Lifestyle, Behaviour and Public Health Minor Elective
SPH2106. Health in the Later Years Minor Elective


University Courses Requirements
University College Glasgow, Scotland BIOL 102. Immunology Biological Science Elective
Bioscience for Global Health Biological Science Elective
Functional Anatomy Biological Science Elective
Essential Genetics Biological Science Elective
University College Maastricht SSC2053. Public Health Policymaking Policy Analysis Requirement (majors only)
Universiteit Utrecht UCSSPSY23. Clinical Psychology Medical Social Science Elective/Minor Elective

Latin America

University Courses Requirements
Mexico City & Oaxaca City (Family and Community Health Program) Social and Cultural Aspects of Health Medical Social Science Elective/ Minor Elective
Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC) ENF1126. Intercultural Health Medical Social Science Elective/Minor Elective
ICS1800. Formation of Public Policy Policy Analysis Requirement (majors only)
Monteverde Institute, Costa Rica Biol 102 - Tropical Community Ecology
Biological Sciences Elective
Dominican Republic; Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra HLTH 189. Community Health Practicum for GH elective Minor Elective and Field Experience Requirement
HLTH 115. Pre-Professional Health Care Issues Minor Elective
Complutense University of Madrid

POLI 140. Public Policies 

ANTH 142. Ritual and Belief

PSY 129. Psychopathology

Policy Analysis Requirement (majors only)

Medical Humanities Elective

Medical Social Science Elective


University Courses Requirements
Solomon Islands National University (SINU) : Pacific Island Environmental & Community Health–Australia & Solomon Islands ASIP001. Global to Local Environment and Health Issues Requirement Medical Social Science or Medical Humanities Electives
ASIP002. Methods in Environmental Health and Science Requirement Medical Humanities Elective
ASIP003. South Pacific Culture and History Global Processes Elective (majors only)
ASIP004. Solomon Islands Community Health – Resilience and Sustainability Medical Social Science or Medical Humanities Electives
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand BMSC 117. The Biology of Disease Biological Science Elective
SOC 217. Special Topic: Reflecting on Violence: Contexts, Ethics and Intervention Policy Analysis Requirement (majors only)
INTP 247. International Relations:Wealth and World Affairs Global Processes Elective (majors only)
University of Melbourne MIIM 30014. Medical Microbiology: Virology
Minor Elective
University of Queensland ASIP001 Global to Local Environment and Health Issues Minor Elective

Accepted Global Seminars

Global Seminars are offered in Summer. Each program is five weeks long, and upon completion, students will receive two course credits for a total of eight quarter units.
  • Applications accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis from November 1 through March 1.
  • Academic credits earned are UC units and will factor in to your UC GPA
  • Note: Not all Global Seminars count towards Field Experience Credit.

Not all Global Seminars are offered every year. Please visit the Global Seminars website to see upcoming programs.

For programs that fulfill the Global Health Field Experience Requirement: Upon completion and once your grade has been posted, please send a message in the VAC to request to have the Global Seminar fulfill your Field Experience Requirement.


Global Seminar Course Requirements

Migration and Globalization in Mexico 

New for 2017!

SOCI 125 GS Sociology of Migration

SOCI 185 GS Globalization and Social Development

Global Processes Elective (majors only)

Global Processes Elective(majors only)

*only one of these two courses accepted


Global Seminar Course Requirements

Social Cognition and Drugs in Australia

New for 2017!

COGS 171 GS Mirror Neuron System and Social Cognition 

COGS 174 GS  Brain, Mind and Culture

Biological Sciences Elective

Medical Social Sciences Elective 


Global Seminar Course Requirements

Drugs, Behavior, and the History of Neuroscience in Greece

PSYC 181 GS Drugs and Behavior

PSYC 193 GS  Neuroscience, Psychology, and Pharmacology of Antiquity


Medical Social Science Elective 

Medical Social Science Elective

*Does not fulfill field experience requirement

Social Cognition and Drugs in Parma, Italy

COGS 171 GS Mirror Neuron System and Social Cognition 

COGS 174 GS Brain, Mind and Culture 

 Biological Sciences Elective

Medical Social Science Elective 

*Does not fulfill field experience requirement

Roma, Gypsies, and Gitanos: Language, History, and Culture in Spain  


Global Processes Elective (majors only) 

South America

Global Seminar Course Requirements

Culture, Language, and Child Development in Ecuador 

EDS 115 GS Cognitive Development and Education

EDS 117 GS Language, Culture and Education 

Medical Social Science Elective (EDS 115 GS)

Medical Humanities Elective (EDS 117) 

Latin American Society and Politics, Argentina  

SOCI 148 GS Political Sociology

SOCI 185 GS Globalization and Social Development 

Global Processes Elective (majors only) 

*only one of these two courses accepted  

South Asia

Global Seminar Course Requirements

Medical Anthropology and Global Health in South Asia

ANSC 192GS Rethinking Development

ANSC 193GS Human Rights and Environmental Justice

One course fulfills Global Processes Elective for Majors

Fulfills no minor coursework

*Fulfills Field Experience Requirement 


Development, Human Rights, and Environmental Justice in India


ANSC 190 GS Medicine and Healing in South Asia

ANSC 191 GS Everyday Life in South Asia

Medical Social Sciences Elective

*Field Experience Requirement 

Climate Change in India


SIO 116 GS Climate Change and Global Health: Understanding the Mechanisms

SIO 118 GS Responding to Climate Change: Possible Solutions 


Medical Social Sciences Elective and Field Experience Requirement

Global Processes Elective (major only) 


South East Asia

Global Seminar Course Requirements

Sex and Health in South East Asia (2018) 

Bangkok, Thailand

ANSC 105GS Global Health and Inequality: Sexual and Reproductive Health in Southeast Asia

ANSC 125GS Gender, Sexuality, and Society: Sex and Love in Thailand


ANSC 105 fulfills the Medical Social Science/Minor Elective Requirement

ANSC 125 fulfills the Global Processes Elective for Major and no minor requirements.

*Fulfills Field Experience Requirement 


Accepted OAP coursework

AIFS Study Abroad

Program Courses Requirements

San Jose, Costa Rica

(Veritas University)

HIS 3293. Costa Rican Healthcare  Minor Elective
PSY 2200. Health Psychology  Minor Elective
HHD 3070. Conflict Resolution and Health Care Minor Elective
HHD 1050. Alternative Health Approaches Minor Elective


SIT Study Abroad Program

IHP: Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (India, South Africa, Brazil)

Health, Culture, and Community Medical Social Science Elective/ Minor Elective
Globalization and Health Accepted for Major Only - Global Processes or Policy Analysis Elective
Public Health: From Biology to Policy Accepted for Major Only - Global Processes Elective
Community Health Research Methods Field Experience Requirement and Medical Social Science Elective/ Minor Elective

China: Community Health and Traditional Chinese Medicine Community Health & Traditional Chinese Medicine Field Experience Requirement and Medical Social Science Elective/Minor Elective