Bachelor of Arts in Global Health (B.A.)

The Global Health Major consists of a total of 17 courses. This includes 9 required core courses, a Global Health Field Experience component and 8 required electives. All courses applied to the major must receive a letter grade of C- or better.


Effective FA16

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Major Requirements:

Requirements for students beginning major Fall 2016 or after

Lower Division Core Requirements (12 units/ 3 courses
  • HILD 30. History of Public Health
    • *FPMU 40 will be accepted in place of HILD 30 if completing FPMU 101 for biology elective requirement - must submit petition to be reflected on your degree audit.
  • Sociology Course (choose one): 
    • SOCI 30. Science, Technology, and Society OR SOCI 40. Sociology of Health Care Issues OR SOCI 70. Sociology for Pre-Meds OR PHIL 26. Science, Society and Values
  • Statistics Course (choose one):
    • PSYCH 60. Introduction to Statistics OR POLI 30. or POLI 30D. Political Inquiry OR MATH 11/11L. Elementary Probability and Statistic + Lab
      • AP STATS and Transfer Courses with a PSYCH 60 or MATH 11/L UCSD Approximation with "P" grade are accepted.

Upper Division Core Requirements (6 courses/24 units)

Global Health Majors will complete the following three core courses:

  • ANSC 148. Global Health and Cultural Diversity
  • GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health 
  • MGT 173. Project Management in the Health Services

See: Course descriptions

Policy Analysis Course (choose one from list below)

Senior Thesis Capstone (two courses): GLBH 150A & B - During your graduating senior year, you will enroll in GLBH 150A  during Winter and GLBH 150B during quarter (Students must complete Global Health Field Experience prior to taking this course).

GLOBAL HEALTH FIELD EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT (GHFE): 100 hours. May be done domestically or abroad. Placement must be approved. Non-credit bearing or credit-bearing. GHFE must be completed by the end of fall quarter of the student’s senior year for the major.  See more information below.

Electives (32 units/ 8 courses): See offerings below 6 of the 8 electives must be upper division. 

  • Biological Sciences (3 courses)
  • Medical Social Sciences (3 courses)
  • Medical Humanities (1 course)
  • Global Processes (1 course)

Requirements for students beginning major prior to Fall 2016

Students entering the Global Health Program prior to FA16 will complete the following requirements:
Majors are encouraged to complete the Global Health lower and upper division core courses early in their program as these courses will provide a foundation to enhance subsequent course work. Please complete GLBH 181 and ANSC 148 prior to enrolling in the senior capstone during senior year. If necessary, MGT 173 can be taken in your senior year.

LOWER DIVISION CORE REQUIREMENTS (12 units/3 courses)

  • HILD 30: History of Public Health
  • SOCI 40: Sociology of Health Care Issues  or  SOCI 30: Science, Technology, and Society
  • One Stats Course: Choose one: PSYCH 60, POLI 30, MATH 11/11L

UPPER DIVISION CORE REQUIREMENTS: (28 units/7 courses)

All students will take the following:

  • ANSC 148: Global Health and Cultural Diversity
  • GLBH 181: Essentials of Global Health
  • MGT 173: Project Management in the Health Services
  • One course in Epidemiology (select Upper Division Biology course from elective offerings)
  • One Policy Analysis course (choose one from list below)
  • GLBH 150A: Capstone Part One (winter) Senior Thesis Preparation
  • GLBH 150B: Capstone Part Two (spring)  Senior Thesis Preparation

GLOBAL HEALTH FIELD EXPERIENCE (GHFE): 100 hours. May be done domestically or abroad. Placement must be approved.  100 hours: Non-credit bearing or credit-bearing, using GLBH 198/GLBH199.  GHFE must be completed by the end of fall quarter of the student’s senior year for the major. See more information below.

ELECTIVES: There are seven required electives. 

Five of these MUST be upper division. Students must have course work across four curricular categories:

  • Medical social sciences (3 courses)
  • Biological sciences (2 courses)
  • Medical humanities (1 course)
  • Global processes (1 course)

Global Health Field Experience Requirement

  • A minimum of 100 hours over a minimum of five weeks (distributed over no more than three programs).
  • Placement must be pre-approved and students must submit verification upon completion.
  • For more information on this requirement visit the Field Experience page.
    • Global Health Field Experience that is credit-bearing can count towards up to two elective requirements for the major (upon approval).

Global Health Majors must complete their 100 hour field experience requirement by the end of fall quarter during their graduating senior year, prior to enrolling in GLBH 150A (Senior Capstone).

Majors are encouraged to complete the Global Health lower and upper division core courses early in their program as these courses will provide a foundation to enhance subsequent course work. Please complete GLBH 181 and ANSC 148 prior to enrolling in the senior capstone during senior year. If necessary, MGT 173 can be taken in your senior year.

Lower division courses may overlap with double major, minor and college requirements. Two upper division courses may overlap between the major and minor. 

Elective and Policy Analysis Courses

Policy Analysis Courses (choose one)

  • POLI 160A.or AA Introduction to Policy Analysis (crosslisted with USP 101, if taking USP 101, submit petition)
  • POLI 170A. Introductory Statistics for Political Science and Public Policy,
  • USP 147. Case Studies in Health Care Programs/Poor and Underserved Populations
  • USP 171. Sustainable Development
  • SOCI 152/USP 133. Social Inequality and Public Policy
  • ECON 130. Public Policy (ECON 1A-B. or ECON 2. or ECON 100A)
  • HISC 180. Science and Public Policy
  • ENVR 110. Environmental Law

Biological Science Courses

Entering FA16 requirements: Choose Three (students must select at least one upper division course. Upper Division courses are 100 level courses)

Entering prior to FA16: Choose Two (can be upper or lower division)

Department

Course

Anthropology

*ANTH 2. Human Origins (by petition)

*ANBI 141. Biological Anthropology (by petition)

Biological Sciences


Pre-requisites for biology courses are listed in parentheses

Additional biology pre-reqs can be found here

BILD 3. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology 

BILD 18. Human Impact on the Environment

BILD 22. Human Nutrition  (Open to nonbiology majors only)

BILD 26. Human Physiology (Open to nonbiology majors only)

BILD 36. AIDS, Science, and Society  (Open to nonbiology majors only)

BILD 38. Dementia/Science/Society

BILD 60. Biology and Diversity (DEI overlap)

BICD 100. Genetics (BILD 1)

BIBC 102. Metabolic Biochemistry (Chem 140A and Chem 140B)

BICD 110. Cell Biology (BIBC 100 or BIBC 102)

BICD 136. AIDS, Science, and Society (BILD 1, BILD 2 recommended)

BICD 140. Immunology (BICD 100, BIMM 100)

BIMM 100. Molecular Biology (BIBC 100 or BIBC 102, BICD 100)

BIMM 110. Molecular Basis of Human Disease (BICD 100, BIBC 102, BIMM 100)

BIMM 114. Virology (BIMM 100)

BIMM 124. Medical Microbiology (BIBC 100 or BIBC 102 recommended)

BIBC 120. Nutrition (BIBC 102, CHEM 140A and CHEM 140B)

BIPN 100.Human Physiology I (BILD 1 and BILD 2)

BIPN 102. Human Physiology II (BIPN 100)

BIPN 134. Human Reproduction and Development (Formerly: BICD 134) (BIBC 102 and BICD 100) 

BIEB 150. Evolution (BILD 3 and BILD 1 or BIEB 143)

BIEB 176. Conservation and the Human Predicament (ANTH 2 or BILD 3)

Cognitive Sciences

COGS 11. Mind and Brain

COGS 17. Neurobiology of Cognition

COGS 174. Drugs, Brain, Mind & Culture

Environmental Studies

ENVR 30. Environmental Issues

FPMU

FPMU 101. Epidemiology  (Pre-requisites: FPMU 40, PSYC 60 or Math 11 and Upper Division Standing)

FPMU 102. Biostatistics in Public Health (FPMU 40 and PSYC 60 or Math 11) 

Human Development

HDP 110. Brain and Behavioral Development (HDP 1 or PSYC 101)

*HDP 160. Human Sexuality (by petition)

Medical Social Science Courses (choose three)

Choose Three:

Department

Course

Anthropology

*ANSC 100. Special Topics (when Global Health Content)

ANSC 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development

ANSC 105. Global Health and Inequality

ANSC 106. Global Health: Indigenous Medicines in Latin America

ANSC 121. Psychological Anthropology

ANSC 129. Meaning and Healing

ANSC 143. Mental Health as a Global Health Priority

ANSC 144. Immigrant and Refugee Health

ANSC 146.  A Global Health Perspective on HIV/AIDS

ANSC 147. Global Health and the Environment

ANSC 149. Gender and Mental Health

ANSC 150. Culture and Mental Health

ANSC 155. Humanitarian Aid: What is it good for?

ANSC 156. Mad Films

ANSC 164. Anthropology of Medicine

Communications

COMM 114J. CSI Food Justice 

COMM 167. Reproductive Discourse and Gender (COMM 10, COMM 100A and COMM 100B or 100C)

Economics

ECON 140. Economics of Healthcare Producers

ECON 141. Economics of Healthcare Consumers

Ethnic Studies

ETHN 142. Medicine, Race and the Global Politics of Inequality

FPMU

FPMU 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Disease

Global Health

GLBH 198/199. Directed Reading/Independent Research (max of 2 accepted)

Global Seminar

REV 160. (GS) Health and Epidemiology (contact study abroad)

REV 165. (GS) Health and Epidemiology (contact study abroad)

Latin American Studies

LATI 122A. Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Seminar 

Political Science

POLI 111D. Social Norms and Global Development

Psychology

PSYC 100. Clinical Psychology (formerly PSYC 163)

PSYC 101. Developmental Psychology

*PSYC 116. Laboratory in Clinical Psychotherapy Research

PSYCH 124. Clinical Assessment and Treatment

PSYC 125. Clinical Neuropsychology

PSYC 134. Eating Disorders

*PSYC 143. Control and Analysis of Human Behavior

PSYC 155. Social Psychology and Medicine

PSYC 168. Psychological Disorders of Childhood

*PSYC 172. Psychology of Human Sexuality

PSYC 179. Drugs, Addiction, and Mental Disorders

PSYC 181. Drugs and Behavior

*PSYC 188. Impulse and Control Disorders

Additional PSYC Courses approved by petition: 116 (formerly 107),143, 162, 172, 188

Sociology

SOCI 113. Sociology of the AIDS Epidemic

SOCI 134. The Making of Modern Medicine

SOCI 135. Medical Sociology

SOCI 136E. Sociology of Mental Illness: A Historical Approach

SOCI 136F. Sociology of Mental Illness in Contemporary Society

SOCI 138. Genetics and Society

SOCI 143. Suicide

Scripps Institute

SIO 189. Pollution, the Environment and Health

Urban Studies and Planning

*USP 143. The US Health Care System

USP 144. Environmental and Preventive Health Issue

USP 145. Aging: The Social and Health Policy Issues

USP 147. Case Studies in Health Care Programs/Poor and Underserved Populations (If not taken for UD policy requirement) (Offered SP17)

Medical Humanities Courses (choose one)

Choose One:

Department

Course

Anthropology

ANSC 129. Meaning and Healing 

Critical Gender Studies

CGS 111. Gender and the Body

CGS 114. Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Class

Literature

LTCS 155. Health and Illness in Contemporary Society

LTCS 165. Politics of Food

History

*HISC 108. History of Life Sciences in 20th Century

*HISC 109. Invention of Tropical Medicine

HISC 115. History of Modern Medicine 

HISC 116. History of Bioethics

Philosophy

PHIL 150. Philosophy of Neuroscience

PHIL 163. Biomedical Ethics

PHIL 164. Technology and Human Values

PHIL 173. Topics in Bioethics

Global Processes courses (choose one)

Choose One:

Department

Course

Anthropology

ANBI 132. Conservation and the Human Predicament

ANSC 100. Global Anthropology and Ethnography of Social and Cultural Movements

*ANSC 124. Cultural Anthropology

ANSC 125. Gender, Sexuality and Society 

ANSC 140./MNNR 101. Human Rights II- Contemporary

*ANSC 142. Anthropology of Latin America

ANSC 145A. International Politics and Drugs

*ANSC 154. Gender and Religion

ANSC 156. Mad Films (if not used for med ss)

ANSC 160. Nature, Culture and the Environment

ANSC 168. Human condition

Communications

COMM 112G. IM: Language and Globalization

COMM 114J. CSI: Food Justice

COMM 152. Global Economy and Consumer Culture

COMM 156. Colonialism and Culture

COMM 179. Media and Technology: Global Nature and Global Culture

Ethnic Studies

ETHN 142. Medicine, Race and the Global Politics of Inequality

Latin American Studies

LATI 122B. Field Research Methods for Migration Studies: Practicum

Political Science

*POLI 108. Politics of Multiculturism (DEI overlap)

POLI 113A. East Asian Thought in Comparative Perspective

POLI 122. Politics of Human Rights

POLI 125B. The Politics of Food in a Global Economy

POLI 127. Politics of Developing Countries

POLI 140D. International Human Rights Law: Migrant Populations

POLI 145A. International Politics and Drugs

POLI 150A. Politics of Immigration (DEI overlap)

Sociology

SOCI 127. Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity (DEI overlap)

SOCI 185. Globalization and Social Development

SOCI 188E. Community and Social Change in Africa

*SOCI 188J. Change in Modern South Africa

Visit the coure offerings page for additional Course Descriptions. Not all courses are offered every year. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Resources:

Course Planning & Degree Checks

Reading your degree audit

Your degree audit, and major requirements are complete when all sections are blue. Any sections in red mean that there is a deficiency. 

If a course is not showing on your degree audit, review the next section on submitting petitions. To fulfill the Field Experience requirement, you must submit a letter of verification.

Completed Degree Aduit for students who entered the Global Health Major prior to Spring 2016:

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How to petition courses to count towards your major

Obtain course pre-approval (recommended):

Submit a pre-approval petition to obtain permission to take a course not listed on the approved course list. 

Note: Pre-approval does not guarantee approval, but the advisors are able to provide you with guidance on course content and the likelihood that the course will be accepted.

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 (ghpadvising@ucsd.edu) 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)."

 

Sample Four Year Plan

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Sample Two Year Plan

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Max Unit Information

  • 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.

Medical School Prerequisites

The Global Health Program's unique research, writing, and field experience opportunities make both the BA and Minor excellent preparation for advanced training in health professions including; medicine, psychiatry, dentistry, nursing, public health, and pharmacy, as well as graduate training toward the Ph.D. and research or teaching careers in health sciences, medical social sciences, health policy and health law, environmental studies, or medical humanities.  

Global Health Students who are preparing for medical or doctoral studies should consider adding the following pre-requisites into their academic plan. 

The Global Health Pre-Med planning guide can be a useful tool as well as working with Career Services to plan your pre-med journey.

Medical school admission requirements vary from school to school. In general, most medical schools will expect applicants to have taken the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), and to have completed the following types of courses:

  • One year of biology: BILD 1,2,3
  • One year of physics
  • One year of English
  • Two years of chemistry (through organic chemistry)
    • Pre-Requisites: Math 10A,B,C or 20A,B,C
  • Statistics - Included in Major Req.

For additional information Contact Career Services for Pre-Med Advising

Pre-Med Four Year plan for Global Health students:

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See: FAQ's for the Global Health Major