The Global Health minor consists of seven required courses, five of which must be upper division. All courses must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better. 

Overlaps: Lower division courses may overlap with major, minor and college requirements (unless otherwise indicated). Two upper division courses may overlap between your major and minor. Courses will overlap automatically on your degree audit. If there is an error of you would like to change the overlaps please send a message in the VAC to request changes. 

Core Requirements (3 Courses)

Choose ONE of the following lower division introductory courses:

Choose TWO of the following upper division courses:

  • GLBH 148. Global Health & Cultural Diversity (cross-listed with ANSC 148)
  • GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health
  • MGT 173. Project Management in the Health Services 



Spring 2018

Fall 2018 (very tentative)

Winter 2019 (very tentative)

Spring 2019 (very tentative)

Lower Division Core Courses

GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health (Shakya)

GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health (Staff)



Upper Division Core Courses 

MGT 173. Project Management in the Health Services (Fuller)

GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health (Pitpitan)

GLBH 148. Global Health & Cultural Diversity (Staff)

GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health (Pitpitan)

MGT 173. Project Management in the Health Services (Staff)

MGT 173. Project Management in the Health Services (Staff)

GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health (Pitpitan)

MGT 173. Project Management in the Health Services (Staff)

 See additional course offerings here.

Electives (4 Courses)

  • ONE Health Related Biological Science Elective (may be lower division)
  • THREE Additional Electives (must be upper division)
  • See elective options below.

Global Health Field Experience Requirement (Optional)

The Global Health Field Experience Requirement is OPTIONAL for students entering the minor post Fall 2016, however we do encourage minors to choose to complete the requirement as it prepares you for a possible career in global health, allows you to gain new insights beyond classroom instruction and is an opportunity to acquire hands-on experience. 

  • Requirements: 100 hours, Domestic or Abroad, Non-credit bearing or credit-bearing.  
  • Placement must be pre-approved and students must submit verification upon completion.
  • Note: *Credit bearing field experience counts towards elective credits. 
  • The Global Health Field Experience Requirement must be completed by the quarter you plan to graduate.
Students choosing to not complete the Field Experience Requirement under the new FA16 requirements should send a message in the VAC to request that the Field Experience Requirement be waived. Please visit the Global Health Field Experience page for more information on requirements and options.

Minor Requirements prior to FA16

Core Requirements (Two courses): 

  • HILD 30. History of Public Health 
  • ANSC 148. Global Health and Cultural Diversity 

Electives (Five courses, see options below):

  • One Health Related Biological Science Elective (may be lower division)
  • Four Additional Electives (must be upper division) 

Global Health Field Experience (GHFE) Requirement (Required)

Planning Tools: Minor Degree Check Pre FA16 (PDF)

Elective Offerings

Please note not all courses are offered every year. See Current Course Offerings.

One Health Related Biological Science Course

Health Related Biological Science Course: Students may only complete one lower division course in addition to HILD 30 for the minor requirement. Additional Biological Science courses can be completed to fulfill upper division electives. 

Lower Division 




ANTH 2. Human Origins 

ANBI 134. Human Evolutionary Genetics 

ANBI 141. The Evolution of Human Diet 

Accepted by Petition:

*ANTH 43. Introduction to Biology and Culture of Race (DEI Course)

*ANBI 139. Evolution of Human Disease

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 (BILD 1 and BILD 2 or 3) (DEI Course)

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)

Accepted by Petition:

*BIMM 101. Recombinant Dna Techniques (BILD 1)

*BIBC 103. Biochemical Techniques (BILD 1)

*BIMM 120. Microbiology (BILD 1 and BIBC 100 or BIBC 102)

Not accepted: BILD 1, 2, 7, 10 

Cognitive Sciences

COGS 11. Mind and Brain

COGS 17. Neurobiology of Cognition

COGS 174. Drugs, Brain, Mind & Culture

Environmental Studies

ENVR 30. Environmental Issues

FMPH (formely FMPU)

FMPH 101. Epidemiology  (FMPH 40 + PSYC 60 or Math 11)

FMPH 102. Biostatistics in Public Health (FMPH 40 + PSYC 60 or Math 11) 

Human Development

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

Accepted by Petition:

*HDP 160. Special Topics Seminar in Human Development: Human Sexuality (by petition)


Accepted by Petition:

*SOCI 107. Epidemiological Methods: Statistical Study of Disease

Additional Health Related Biological Science courses may be accepted by petition

Elective Courses

Additional upper division biological science courses listed above can be used to fulfill upper division electives. 


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 143. Mental Health as 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 150. Culture and Mental Health

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

ANSC 156. Mad Films

ANSC 164. Introduction to Medical Anthropology

Accepted by Petition:

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

*ANSC 182. Gun Violence as Social Pathology


COMM 114J. CSI: Food Justice

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

Critical Gender Studies

CGS 111. Gender and the Body


ECON 140. Economics of Health Producers (ECON 2 or 100B)

ECON 141. Economics of Health Consumers (ECON 100C)

Ethnic Studies

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

Public Health

FMPH 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Disease (FMPH 40)

Global Health

*GLBH 100. Special Topics in Global Health (may be taken up to 4 times if different topics)

*GLBH 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development (cross-listed with ANSC 101)

*GLBH 105. Global Health and Inequality (cross-listed with ANSC 105)

*GLBH 110. Demography and Social Networks in Global Health

*GLBH 113. Women's Health in Global Perspective

GLBH 129. Meaning and Healing (cross-listed with ANSC 129) (if not used for Medical Humanities)

*GLBH 146. A Global Health Perspective on HIV (cross-listed with ANSC 146)

*GLBH 147. Global Health and the Environment (cross-listed with ANSC 147)

*GLBH 150. Culture and Mental Health (cross-listed with ANSC 150)

GLBH 160. Global Health Policy

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


HISC 109. Invention of Tropical Disease

HISC 115. History of Modern Medicine

HISC 116. History of Bioethics

Accepted by Petition:

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

*HISC 117. History of Neuroscience 

*HISC 176. History of Medicine in East and Southeast Asia

Latin American Studies

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


LTCS 155. Health and Illness in Contemporary Society

LTCS 165. The Politics of Food

Accepted by petition:

*LTWL 177. Literature and Aging


PHIL 150. Philosophy of Cognitive Science

PHIL 163. Biomedical Ethics

PHIL 164. Technology and Human Values

PHIL 173. Topics in Bioethics

Political Science

POLI 111D. Social Norms and Global Development 

Rady School of Management

MGT 173. Project Management in the Health Services (if not taken for core requirement)


PSYC 100. Clinical Psychology (formerly PSYC 163)

PSYC 101. Developmental Psychology

PSYC 124. Clinical Assessment and Treatment

PSYC 125. Clinical Neuropsychology

PSYC 134. Eating Disorders

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

Accepted by Petition:

*PSYC 116. Laboratory in Clinical Psychotherapy Research

*PSYC 143. Control and Analysis of Human Behavior

Scripps Institute

SIO 189. Pollution, the Environment and Health

Accepted by Petition:

*SIO 116. Climate Change and Global Health


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 (DEI Course)

SOCI 143. Suicide

SOCI 173. Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine

Third World Series

TWS 198. Contemporary Issues in Global Health

Urban Studies and Planning

USP 144. Environmental and Preventive Health Issues

USP 145. Aging: Social and Health Policy Issues

USP 147. Case Studies in Health Care Programs/Poor and Undeserved Population 

Accepted by Petition:

*USP 143. The US Health Care System

Minor Planning Tools:

Adding the minor

To declare or change your minor, use the online minor tool on Tritonlink.  

The Global Health minor code is M073.

You will be required to list the 7 courses you plan to take to fulfill the minor requirements. 

You are not required to finish your minor as declared; you are only demonstrating your basic knowledge of minor requirements and will not be held to the classes listed.

Courses to list: 

  • One of the following: HILD 30. History of Public Health or GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health
  • One Health Related Biological Science Course (may be lower division, e.g BILD 3) 
  • Two of the following: GLBH 148. Global Health and Cultural Diversity, GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health, and/or MGT 173. Project Management - Health Services
  • Three Upper Division Electives (from elective list)

Proposed Minor Courses
Lower-Division Courses
Subject Code Course No. Title Institution Units Grade Options
GLBH 20 Introduction to Global Health UCSD 4.00 Letter
BILD 3 Organismic and Evolutionary Biology UCSD 4.00 Letter
Upper-Division Courses
Subject Code Course No. Title Institution Units Grade Options
MGT 173 Project Management in the Health Services UCSD 4.00 Letter
GLBH 148 Global Health & Cultural Diversity UCSD 4.00 Letter
BICD 100 Genetics UCSD 4.00 Letter
SIO 189 Pollution, the Environment and Health UCSD 4.00 Letter
GLBH 113 Women's Health in Global Perspective UCSD 4.00 Letter


Also see: How to Declare a Minor

Major/Minor Overlaps

Effective FA16, students may now overlap two upper division courses between their major and minor.

You may not use an upper-division course to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor. 

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.

AP Coursework

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




Major  Requirement

AP Biology

Score of 4 or 5

Exempts BILD 1, 2, and 3

4 units

BILD 3 accepted for biological science elective

For the new requirements, how do I indicate I will not be completing the Field Experience Requirement?

For the new FA16 requirement, Global Health minors may choose to complete a 100-hour Global Health Field Experience Requirement to complement their coursework. 

Students choosing to not complete the field experience requirement should send a separate message in the VAC requesting to "Waive the Global Health Field Experience Requirement".

Students who are on the old minor requirements but would like to switch to the new minor requirements may send a message in the VAC with the request.

How do I petition a course to count towards my Global Health 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. 

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 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 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)."

What do I do if I want a course to count for my minor, but it is currently counting towards my major?

If you would like a course that is currently applying towards your major to count towards your Global Health minor, please send your major advisor a message in the VAC and ask them to reject the course.

If the course does not automatically populate under your Global Health requirements once that is done, please send a message to the Global Heatlh Program in the Virtual Advising Center to request the course to be counted.