Global Health Minor

The Global Health Minor consists of seven four-unit courses, at least five courses (20 units) of which must be upper division.  All courses applied to the minor must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.


  • HILD 30. History of Public Health
    • Explores the history of public health, from the plague hospitals of Renaissance Italy to the current and future prospects for global health initiatives, emphasizing the complex biological, cultural, and social dimensions of health, sickness, and medicine across time and space. 
  • ANSC 148. Global Health and Cultural Diversity
    • Introduction to global health from the perspective of medical anthropology on disease and illness, cultural conceptions of health, doctor-patient interaction, illness experience, medical science and technology, mental health, infectious disease, and health-care inequalities by ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status.
  • Health Related Biological Science  
  • 4 Electives (see offerings below)
  • Global Health Field Experience Requirement 

Planning Tools for Minors:

Notes for Minors:

  • Upper Division courses used for the minor may not overlap with major requirements and other minors. 
  • Lower-division classes can apply to both your major and your minor.
  • The Global Health Field Experience Requirement must be completed by the quarter you plan to graduate.

Elective Offerings

Health Related Biological Science Course

Health Related Biological Science Course: Students may only complete 1 lower division course in addition to HILD 30 for the minor requirement.
One additional Health Related Biological Science Course must be completed for the minor from the biological sciences category in addition to the 4 electives. 
Additional Biological Science Courses can be completed for elective credit. 

Lower Divison 

*ANTH 2. Human Origins
Biological Sciences
BILD 3. Organismic and Evolutionary Biology 
BILD 18. Human Impact on the Environment
*BILD 20. Human Genetics in Modern Society
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)
Cognitive Sciences
*COGS 11.Mind and Brain
COGS 17. Neurobiology of Cognition
Environmental Studies
ENVR 30. Environmental Issues: Natural Sciences

Upper division 

Pre-requisites for biology courses are listed in parentheses
Additional biology pre-reqs can be found here

Biological Sciences
BICD 100. Genetics (BILD 1)
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)
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 or ANLD 2)
Cognitive Sciences
COGS 174. Drugs, Brain, Mind & Culture
Family and Preventative Medicine
*FPMU 101. Epidemiology  (Pre-requisites: FPMU 40, PSYC 60 or Math 11 and Upper Division Standing)
Human Development
*HDP 110. Brain and Behavioral Development (HDP 1 or PSYC 101)
Additional Health Related Biological Science courses may be accepted by petition

Elective Courses

There are four required electives. Additional Health Related Biological Sciences Courses accepted above can be completed for elective credit. 

  • ANBI 132. Conservation and the Human Predicament
  • ANSC 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development
  • ANSC 105. Global Health and Inequality
  • ANSC 106. Global Health: Indigenour Medicines in Latin America
  • ANSC 121. Psychological Anthropology
  • ANSC 129. Religion and Healing
  • 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 149. Gender and Mental Health
  • ANSC 150. Culture and Mental Health
  • *ANSC 155. Humanitatian Aid: What is it good for?
  • ANSC 156. Mad Films
  • ANSC 164. Anthropology of Medicine: Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Critical Gender Studies:
  • CGS 111. Gender and the Body
  • CGS 114. Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Class


  • COMM 114J. CSI: Food Justice
  • COMM 167. Reproductive Discourse and Gender


  • 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

Family and Preventive Medicine:

  • FPMU 101. Epidemiology (FPMU 40; PSYC 60 or MATH 11; and upper-division standing)
  • FPMU 102. Biostatistics in Public Health (FPMU 40; PSYC 60 or MATH 11; and upper-division standing)
  • FPMU 110. Health Behavior and Chronic Disease (FPMU 40)

Global Health:

Global Seminar: 

  • REV 160 and 165 GS. Public Health and Epidemiology I and II, Amman Jordan (also Fulfills Field Experience Requirement)
  • *HISC 109. Invention of Tropical Disease
  • HISC 115. History of Modern Medicine
  • HISC 116. History of Bioethics

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


  • *PHIL 150. Philosophy of Neuroscience
  • 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


  • *PSYC 100. Clinical Psychology (formerly PSYC 163)
  • PSYC 101. Developmental Psychology
  • PSYCH 124. Clinical Assesment and Treatment
  • PSYC 125. Clinical Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 134. Eating Disorders
  • PSYC 155. Social Psychology and Medicine
  • PSYC 168. Psychological Disorders of Childhood
  • PSYC 179. Drugs, Addiction, and Mental Disorders
  • PSYC 181. Drugs and Behavior
  • Additional PSYC Courses approved by petition: 116 (formerly 107),143, 162, 172, 188

Scripps Institute:

  • SIO 189. Pollution, the Environment and 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
  • SOCI 143. Suicide
Third World Studies:
  • TWS 198. Contemporary Issues in Global Health
Urban Studies and Planning:
  • *USP 143. The US Health Care System
  • 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 Underserved Population 
Additional Courses pre-approved by Petition - see Major electives for more options.
  • HDP 160. Human Sexuality
  • Additional PSYC Courses approved by petition: 106, 107,143, 162, 172, 188

Global Health Field Experience Requirement

Global Health Field Experience (May be done domestically or abroad) 
  • Requirements: 100 hours, 5 week minimum: Non-credit bearing or credit-bearing.  For more information on this requirement visit the Field Experience page. Placement must be pre-approved. 
  • Note: *Credit bearing field experience counts towards elective credits 

Additional Resources

Guidelines for adding the minor

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

HILD 30, ANSC 148, Health Related Biological Science Course, 4 electives

How to petition a course to count towards your Global Health Minor

  1. Recommended: Obtain course pre-approval.
    • Contact the Global Health Advisor to obtain pre-approval to take a course not listed on the approved course list. 
    • For Study Abroad - Request Pre-Approval Here
    • 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.
  2. Upon completion of the course or once enrolled in the course past week 4:
    • Wait until the course and the grade has posted to your academic history.
    • Complete an Undergraduate Student Petition.
      • Fill out a separate petition for each course that you are petitioning (or include up to 2 pre-approved courses on one petition).
      • Attach course syllabus (if non-pre-approved course)
    • On each petition 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.
  3. Submit completed petition(s) & syllabus to the Global Health Advisor (The form can scanned and sent via email or dropped off in the GHP Office).
  4. You will be notified via the Virtual Advising Center ( once your petition has been approved (please allow 2 weeks before contacting advisor)

For Pre-Approved Courses:

If you are taking a course that is offered “by petition” it will not automatically show up your degree audit.

You will need to submit a petition or send a message in the VAC asking for the following:

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

What do I do it 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 email your major 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 in the Virtual Advising Center to request the course to be counted.