Frequently Asked Questions

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What grading options do I use when taking courses for my major or minor?

All courses for the Global Health major or minor must be taken for a letter grade

Can I repeat a course?

  • You may only repeat grades of “D” “F” and “NP”.
  • You may repeat a maximum of 16 units.
  • The original grade earned remains on the transcript, but will not factor into your GPA if it is successfully repeated later.
  • If a student exceeds 16 units of repeat coursework, future repeated course grades will be averaged together.
  • If you receive a “D”, “F”, or ”W” in a sequential course, DO NOT enroll in the subsequent course. You must successfully repeat the first course in order to continue in the sequence. NOTE: This is NOT true of MMW; you may continue in the sequence and re-take MMW 1 at a later date. A “D” grade is considered passing and will complete the requirement.

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How do I petition a course for my Global Health major or minor?

Obtain course pre-approval (recommended):Submit a pre-approval petition to obtain permission to take a course not listed on the approved course list. 

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

Upon completion of the course, submit ONE of the following petitions:

(Wait until the course has posted to your academic history.)

Submit an Online Petition Request

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).

For courses accepted by petition (*)

Courses that are accepted “by petition”, indicated with an asterisk (*) will not automatically show up on your degree audit. 

Send a message through the VAC requesting the following: 

 "Please accept _____________, a Global Health Pre-Approved Course, towards _______________ requirements for my Global Health ___________ (Major/Minor)."

Students may petition courses for their Global Health requirements using the methods above. If you need to petition for course equivalency then the petitions for a lower-division course taken at another institution should be submitted to the department hosting the equivalent course.

For example, if you are petitioning for equivalency for PSYC 60. Introduction to Statistics, the petition should be submitted to the Department of Psychology. Typically, course equivalency petitions are submitted by students transferring from another 4-year institution or a community college.

If equivalency is granted, the course will be listed on a student’s UCSD academic history alongside the course number from UCSD.

Course equivalency petitions are the preferred option for transfer students, as it enables students to enroll in future UCSD courses that require the petitioned course as a prerequisite without additional authorization.

Please note, the Anthropology department does not accept course equivalency petitions. Courses listed on will be articulated by the Admissions office. No petition is required for course equivalencies listed on

I'm lower division standing or don't meet a course pre-requisite, can I still enroll in an upper division course?

Some departments allow lower division standing students to enroll in upper division courses if they are in good academic standing. You can submit a pre-authorization request here. 

Are there any DEI courses that overlap with the Global Health major or minor?

The following courses fulfill the DEI requirement (please check most up to date DEI course listing for accuracy):

  • BILD 60. Biology and Diversity 

Courses only accepted for the Global Health Major:

Global Processes Electives:

  • SOCI 127. Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity
  • *POLI 108. Politics of Multiculturalism (accepted by petition)
  • *POLI 150A. Politics of Immigration

How do I sign up for GLBH 198/199?

What are the procedures if I am registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)?

You must present the OSD Authorization for Accommodation (AFA) form in person to the Global Health Advising Office within the first two weeks of the quarter. We will coordinate with your instructor or TA to schedule rooms for your exams. It is your responsibility to show up at the scheduled time with required exam materials.

Please Review the Global Heallth Program's OSD Policy here.

Contact GHP's OSD Liason at or  Contact OSD.

Is Medical School an option for Global Health Students?

Global Health Majors pursuing medical school or other health professional schools should enroll in a minor with a high number of requirements that overlap with the pre-medicine requirements or complete additional Pre-Med Requirements as recommended.

See: Career Resources

How are the Global Health and Public Health Major Different?


"Global health has areas of overlap with the more established disciplines of public health and international health. All three entities share the following characteristics: priority on a population-based and preventive focus; concentration on poorer, vulnerable, and underserved populations; multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches; emphasis on health as a public good and the importance of systems and structures; and the participation of several stakeholders.

The global in global health refers to the scope of problems, not their location. Thus, like public health, but unlike international health, global health can focus on domestic health disparities as well as cross-border issues. Global health also incorporates the training and distribution of the health-care workforce in a manner that goes beyond the capacity-building interest of public health."

Global Health understands that health challenges stem from many factors well outside of disease – ecological, cultural, institutional, historical, evolutionary, social and technological. 

                                      Global Health                                                                   Public Health 


   Health issues that transcend national boundaries

   Focus on specific communities or countries





   Prevention and clinical care



   Health equity among nations

   Health equity within a nation or community


   Highly interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary

   Multidisciplinary, particularly with health and social sciences


(Source: Lancet 2009; 373: 1993-95)

Where is the Global Health office located?

I am interested in talking with a Global Health student, who can I contact?

The Global Health Student Advisory Committee can answer your questions about Global Health courses, certain field experience opportunities and other aspects of the program.

How do I calculate units towards my maximum?

  • Students may complete a maximum of 200 units.
  • This is increased to 230 if a student is completing a B.S. degree in the Jacobs School of Engineering, or 240 if a student has an approved double major.
  • Completing a minor (which is not required for your degree) does not add units to the maximum allowed.
  • Pursuing pre-career preparation (such as medical school prerequisites) does not add units to the maximum allowed.

Your maximum unit limit is based on total credits passed (listed on your TritonLink Academic History as "Crdts Pssd")

When calculating units completed, we do not count the following toward the maximum. We subtract them from your credits passed:

  • Units granted by Advanced Placement (AP) examinations.
  • Units granted by International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations or diplomas.
  • If you are a transfer student with IGETC, Partial IGETC, or UC Reciprociy, we consider 60 of your transfer units as applying toward completion of General Education and major requirements, and will deduct transfer units beyond that. For example, if you transferred to UCSD with 105 units and IGETC complete, we would deduct 45 units in our calculation.

Major/ Double Major/ Minor Questions

How do I add Global Health as my major or minor?

Students may change their major or minor using the Major/Minor tool in tritonlink. No approvals are needed to change or add a major or minor.

For additional information visit

Do AP courses count towards any Global Health requirements?

The following AP courses will be accepted:




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

Can I overlap upper division courses between my major and minor?

Effective FA16, a student may apply the equivalent of two upper-division courses (a maximum of eight units) to fulfill the requirements for a minor that have also been used to satisfy the requirements of a major.  

Double Minors:

  • You may overlap up to two upper division electives between your major and each minor.
  • You may not overlap upper division courses between double minors.

DARS automatically overlaps two upper division courses on your degree audit that are compatible between your major and minor. If you would like to change or reject those courses then you will need to email your minor department in the VAC to request the changes.

How do I declare a double major in Global Health?

To apply for a double major, you must complete the Double Major Petition form. Students should meet with an advisor from each major to plan out coursework. Meet with your current major first to map out your remaning courses.


  • Must have completed 90 UC units (junior standing) and have no more than 135 completed units.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Have completed a majority of the prerequisites/lower division coursework for both majors
  • Be able to complete the 2 majors in no more than 240 units.

Notes on Double Majors:

  • You can count lower-division courses toward both majors.
  • Each major must have 10 unique upper division courses. You may overlap any upper division coursework after 10 unique courses. (The Global Health major has 12-14 possible upper division courses depending on how many upper division biological science electives you take so you can typically overlap anywhere from 2-4 upper divion courses)
  • Most majors have two upper division overlaps

Once you complete the form:

Sample Global Health Double Major Plan (Global Health side filled out for General Biology Double Major):

Coursework and Grading

What should I do if I did not receive a grade in a course that I attended?

Contact the professor as soon as possible to see why you did not receive a grade. In most cases, it is a simple clerical error that requires your professor to generate the appropriate form to assign your grade. Please note that blank grades will default to an F/NP if it is not assigned a grade by the end of the next quarter.

How do I get pre-authorization to enroll in an upper division course through another department?

Contact the department offering the course with an explanation requesting pre-authorization. A message may be sent through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

For Lower Division students trying to enroll in upper division courses:

Students should first contact the instructor for the course, requesting permission to enroll.

Should the instructor approve, forward the email to the department requesting pre-authorization for the course.

If I am seriously ill and cannot complete my final, what should I do?

Contact your professor as soon as possible to discuss the options that they will allow. If your professor agrees to let you take an Incomplete in the course, a Request for Incomplete form must be processed prior to the end of finals week. If you are unable to fill out the Incomplete form, you may ask your professor to generate the form on your behalf. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with their professor the following quarter to see when and how the work should be completed. Failure to do so will result in an F grade for the course.

How do I request an Incomplete?

If circumstances beyond your control prevent you from completing a class, you might be able to request an Incomplete. 

To obtain an "Incomplete" in a class, you do not need to sign any paperwork or file any petitions.  It's simply an agreement between you and the professor for the class.

  1. Make sure you're eligible for an Incomplete.
  • If you're not passing a class because you've simply fallen behind, you're not eligible for an Incomplete. In order to earn a grade of "I" you must be passing the class with all the work done thus far. Grades of "I" only entitle you to complete the additional class work and tests from the point when you determine you will take an "I" - they do not entitle you to redo work or make up points.  They also do not entitle you to additional outside tutoring or coaching by the professor or TA.
  • If you decide to withdraw from a class, you can do so until the end of the ninth week.
  • Read the Academic Senate policy on Incomplete grades.
  1. Request an Incomplete.
  • Contact your instructor to find out if requesting an Incomplete is appropriate in your circumstances.
  • The deadline for requesting an incomplete shall be no later than the first working day after final examination week.
  • Note: Your instructor may require the submission of an Incomplete Form. This form is NOT required by the department or University anymore; the agreement is solely between you and the instructor of the class. It is at the instructor's discretion whether to grant you an Incomplete and what steps they require of you.
  1. Make up (remove) the Incomplete.
  • You must complete your work by the date given by your instructor. (This date can be no later than the last day of the next quarter's tenth week, excluding Summer Session.)  If you don't complete your work, you'll receive a permanent F, NP, or U for the class.
  • You will not receive any reminders to complete this work, nor will the department follow up with you.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your course work is complete.
  • The instructor will assign the new grade to replace the Incomplete in your record.

Note: You do not re-enroll in the course.

What are my chances of getting into a course if I am on the waitlist?

Since the waitlist is automated, there is no way for the program to know your chances of getting into a class. It is highly recommended you enroll in a back-up course in case you are not added. Tritonlink and the waitlist are no longer working after the end of week 2, so if you were not added from the waitlist by that time, you are no longer considered to be on the waitlist.

How many study abroad courses can I count towards my degree?

A maximum of six UCSD upper-division courses can be petitioned for credit toward the major.

A maximum of two UCSD upper-division courses can be petitioned for credit toward the minor.

For study abroad pre-approval, submit here.