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 minors. Courses will overlap automatically on your degree audit. If those are not the courses you would like overlapped or there is an error, please send us a message in the VAC and we can change or delete the overlaps. You're not required to overlap any courses. Please check your degree audit for accuracy.  

Minor Requirements (7 courses/ 28 units)

Core Requirements (3 Courses/ 12 units)

Choose ONE of the following lower division introductory courses:

  • GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health OR HILD 30. History of Public Health 

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: Health Services 



Fall 2018 

Winter 2019 

Spring 2019 

Lower Division Core Courses

GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health (Kozelka)

HILD 30. History of Public Health (Edington)

GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health (Murto)

GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health (Saravia)

Upper Division Core Courses 

GLBH 148. Global Health & Cultural Diversity (Saravia)

GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health (Pitpitan)

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

GLBH 148. Global Health & Cultural Diversity (Varma)

MGT 173. Project Management: Health Services (Fuller)

GLBH 148. Global Health & Cultural Diversity (Kaiser)

GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health (Pitpitan)

MGT 173. Project Management: Health Services (Fuller)

 See additional course offerings here.

Electives (4 Courses/ 16 units)

  • 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.

Health Related Biological Science Course

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

Lower Division 


  • ANTH 2. Human Origins 
  • ANTH 43. Introduction to Biology and Culture of Race (DEI Course)
  • ANBI 134. Human Evolutionary Genetics 
  • ANBI 139. Evolution of Human Disease
  • ANBI 141. The Evolution of Human Diet 

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 20. Human Genetic 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 (BILD 1 and BILD 2 or 3) (DEI Course)
  • BICD 100. Genetics (BILD 1)
  • BIBC 102. Metabolic Biochemistry (Chem 40A and Chem 40B)
  • BIBC 103. Biochemical Techniques (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 (BILD 1 & CHEM 40A+B & BILD 4 or BIBC 103 or BIMM 101)
  • BIMM 114. Virology (BIMM 100)
  • BIMM 120. Microbiology (BILD 1 and BIBC 100 or BIBC 102)
  • BIMM 124. Medical Microbiology (BIBC 100 or BIBC 102 recommended)
  • BIBC 120. Nutrition (BIBC 102, CHEM 40A and CHEM 40B)
  • BIPN 100. Human Physiology I (BILD 1 and BILD 2)
  • BIPN 102. Human Physiology II (BIPN 100)
  • BIPN 134. Human Reproduction and Development (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)
Biology courses not accepted: BILD 1, 2, 4, 7, 10, BIEB 166

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 (formerly FMPU)

  • FMPH 101. Epidemiology  (FMPH 40 + PSYC 60 or Math 11)
  • FMPH 102. Biostatistics in Public Health (FMPH 40; PSYC 60 or MATH 11 or COGS 14B; and upper-division standing

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 106. Global Health: Indigenous Medicines in Latin America
  • ANSC 121. Psychological Anthropology
  • ANSC 144. Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • ANSC 149. Health, Conflict & Inequality
  • 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
  • CGS 123. Gender and Reproductive Politics


  • 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 and upper-division standing)

Global Health

  • GLBH 100. Special Topics in Global Health (may be taken up to 4 times if different topics)
  • GLBH/ANSC 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development (cross-listed with ANSC 101)
  • GLBH/ANSC 105. Global Health and Inequality 
  • GLBH 110. Demography and Social Networks in Global Health
  • GLBH 111. Clinic on the Border: Health Frontiers in Tijuana (This course is for students accepted to the HFIT program only - students may enroll a max of three quarters, only one course can apply towards global health requirements - each quarter fulfills 50 field experience hours)
  • GLBH 113. Women's Health in Global Perspective
  • GLBH/ANSC 129. Meaning and Healing 
  • GLBH/ANSC 143. Mental Health as Global Health Priority
  • GLBH/ANSC 146. A Global Health Perspective on HIV 
  • GLBH/ANSC 147. Global Health and the Environment 
  • GLBH/ANSC 150. Culture and Mental Health 
  • 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 119. Biology and Society
  • *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
  • 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
  • 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 Studies

  • 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 overlap up to two upper division courses between their major and minor requirements.

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.

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

How do I waive 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. 

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.)

For courses accepted by petition (*) or courses that have already been pre-approved:

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)."

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.