Thank you for your interest in the Global Health Program at UC San Diego!

We welcome talented prospective students from across the nation and around the world to apply. If you're interested in how the disciplines of medicine, biology, anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics (among others) come together to understand the complex nature of health problems and how to solve them on a local and global scale, this is definitely the field for you. 


UC San Diego’s Admissions Office handles all undergraduate admissions for both freshmen and transfer students.  Students interested in majoring in Global Health must first be admitted to UC San Diego as an undergraduate student. 

  • UC Application opens in August – get started on your application, submit it during the filing period.
  • The filing period is November 1 through November 30.
  • UC San Diego only accepts Fall Applicants. 

For more information visit: UCSD Admissions Information

When students apply, they select one of the six colleges. Click here for an overview of the college requirements.

Please note:

The Global Health major has no pre-requisite courses required. All coursework is designed to be taken at UC San Diego, however we accept UC transferable coursework to fulfill lower division major requirements.

Transfer Preparation

IGETC Certification: Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is strongly recommended for all students transferring from a California community college. This curriculum will serve to clear most general education requirements for incoming transfer students, leaving one to eight (1-8) general education courses depending on which of the six UCSD colleges the student is admitted into.

The Global Health Program will accept UC transferable transfer coursework towards major requirements.

Please note, all courses taken at community college are articulated as lower division. 

Current Lower Division Courses Major Requirements:

  • HILD 30: History of Public Health or GLBH 20: Introduction to Global Health
  • SOCI 40: Sociology of Health Care Issues  or  SOCI 30: Science, Technology, and Society
  • Statistics Course: Choose one from PSYCH 60 or POLI 30 or MATH 11/11L
  • Students may take 1-2 additional lower division biology courses (that are approved for the major) to fulfill the biological science elective requirement.

If you are a transfer student looking to complete coursework to apply towards your major, you can search for equivalent courses at your university.

California institutions can visit to find courses at your college that:

  • are transferable to UC San Diego
  • meet lower-division major and GE requirements

Once admitted, students can petition global health coursework to fulfill major requirements by submitting an online petition.

Global Health Transfer Academic Advising Resources

Limits on Transfer Units

LIMITS ON TRANSFER UNITS: Transfer students will be granted up to 70 semester/ 105 quarter units of credit for lower-division coursework completed at any institution (or combination of institutions).

For units beyond the maximum, subject credit for appropriate coursework will be granted and may be used to satisfy requirements:

  • Units earned through AP, IB, and/or A-Level examinations are not included in the limitation. These units will not put you at risk of being denied admission.
  • Units earned at any UC campus in Extension, summer, cross/concurrent and regular academic year enrollment are not included in the limitation but are added to the maximum transfer credit allowed. These units may put you at risk of being denied admission due to excessive units.

UC San Diego accepts transfer students at the junior (third year) level only. 

A transfer applicant may be considered in senior standing if he or she has completed:

  • 70 semester units (or more) of lower-division coursework; and
  • 20 semester units (or more) of upper-division coursework.

If you have questions about the number of transferrable units, please call the Office of Admissions at 858-534-4831.

AP coursework

The following AP courses will be accepted for the Global Health major:




Major  Requirement

AP Statistics

3, 4, or 5

4 units

Statistics requirement

AP Biology

Score of 4 or 5

Exempts BILD 1, 2, and 3

4 units

BILD 3 accepted for biological science elective

Petitioning courses once accepted

Have your transcripts sent to:
UCSD Admissions Office
Attn: Transcript evaluation
9500 Gilman Drive 0021
La Jolla, CA 90293-0021
Once the courses appear on your UCSD academic history, you can submit a petition request, following instructions below, for transfer coursework. If the course has already articulated as a UCSD approximation and that course is accepted for your major/minor, it will automatically 

Submitting Course Petitions
These instructions pertain to your Global Health requirements only. Your college will assist you with general education and specific college requirements.
1. Submit an online petition request OR
2. 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).
If you are a current student and would like to complete transfer coursework while a UCSD student, request pre-approval using the online petition request.


Incoming Transfer Students: For any questions related to the Global Health major, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor via “Online Advising” at

Prospective Transfer Students: For any questions related to the Global Health, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor at