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Please note the following are tentative and may be changed or revised at any time without notice. Check with the UC San Diego Department offering the course for the most accurate information.

Students are encouraged to complete the lower and upper division core courses early in their program, as these courses will provide a foundation to enhance subsequent course work. Global Health majors should complete the upper division core courses, GLBH 181, GLBH 148 and if possible, MGT 173 prior to senior year.

Not all courses are offered every year.

All courses must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better for the major and minor.

Upcoming Tentative Course Offerings

2020-2021 Annual Schedule 

Fall 2020

Winter 2021

Spring 2021

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Major (BS)

Major (BA)

Major (BS)

Major (BA)

Major (BS)

Major (BA)

Major (BS)

Minor Minor Minor Minor

Upcoming Tentative Core Course Offerings
*courses are subject to change, please check back frequently
Fall 2020 Winter 2021 Spring 2021
Lower Division Global Health Core

GLBH 20 (Kozelka)

GLBH 20 (Walkover)

GLBH 20 (Walkover)
Upper Division Core

GLBH/ANSC 148 (Varma)

MGT 173 (Hayes)

GLBH 181 (Card)

GLBH/ANSC 148 (Saravia)

MGT 173 (Hayes)

GLBH 181 (Fielding-Miller)

GLBH 160 (Mackey)

GLBH/ANSC 148 (Hannah) 

MGT 173 (Hayes)

GLBH 181 (Card)

Honors Thesis Seminar


GLBH 150A. Horizons Honors Thesis Seminar I (Kozelka & Saravia)

GLBH 150B. Horizons Honors Thesis Seminar II (Kozelka & Saravia)

Global Health electives

GLBH 100. Special Topics in Global Health:

Medicine, Global Health, and Bioethics (Hannah)

 Frameworks of Citizenship and Global Health (Saravia)

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Global Health (Kayser)



GLBH 100. Special Topics in Global Health:

"Humanities, Ethics, and Professionalism"(Brenda Wilson)

"Global Health Disparities and the Quest for Global Health Equity" (Seth Hannah)

GLBH 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development (Sloane)

GLBH 129. Meaning and Healing (Csordas)

GLBH 171R. Global Mental Health (online) (Jenkins)


GLBH 100. Special Topics in Global Health:

"Health and Well-Being among Refugees and Forced Migrants" (Wilson)

"Critical Perspectives in Global Health" (Olivas-Hernandez) *Application link below under course description

GLBH 102. Global Health Epidemiology (Burgos)

GLBH 142. Ethnographies of the Clinic (Saravia)

GLBH/ANSC 147. Global Health and Environment (Stewart)

GLBH 150. Culture and Mental Health (Olivas-Hernandez)

GLBH 171R. Global Mental Health (online) (Jenkins)




Grad Courses

GLBH 200. Global Health MA Core Seminar (Hannah)

GLBH 201. Special Topics in Global Health (Kozelka)

"Substance Use and Global Mental Health: Case Studies for Research and Praxis"

GLBH 212. “Experiencing Epidemics:” Anthropologies of Infectious Diseases" (Saravia)

GLBH 260. Global Health Policy (Mackey)

GLBH 248. Intro to Global Health Research (Kaiser)

GLBH 249. Social Epidemiology (Murto/Santibanez



ANTH 260. Seminar in Medical and Psychological Anthropology (Staff)

GLBH 214. Global Health & Program Management (Staff) 

GLBH 215. Community Health Workers (Walkover)

GLBH 201. Special Topics "Global Mental Health" (Bonnie Kaiser)


Special Topics Course Descriptions:

Fall 2020:

GLBH 100. Medicine, Global Health, and Bioethics (Hannah)
This course explores the global medical commons via current topics in medical anthropology and sociology including learning medicine, the work of doctoring, the culture of biomedicine and the clinic, the political economy of health care, the ethics of care at the end of life, and medical rationing. We will examine how medical knowledge, ethical practice, research, and technology are culturally shaped and institutionally organized in different societies. Contemporary challenges to the “global medical commons” will inform our analyses of the medical profession as it is practiced in the United States and in low income and wealthy societies around the globe. Our primary focus will be on biomedicine as a dynamic and complex social and cultural system; our comparative perspective will help us better understand global interdependence and diverse medical and health environments of risk and trust.
*Satisfies EITHER (1) Medical Humanities Requirement OR (1) Medical Social Science for the GH BA/BS majors, or (1) GH Minor Elective


GLBH 100. Frameworks of Citizenship and Global Health (Saravia)
Learn about practices and discourses concerning claims on state recognition as part of a citizenship process that demands re-formulation of structural health policies. Study the link between the state and emerging biological citizenship regimes, and the influence of civil society in health policy and reform by looking at the political process involved in the configuration of rights claims based on biological difference.
**Satisfies (1) Medical Social Science Requirement for the GH BA/BS majors, or (1) GH Minor Elective


 GLBH 100. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Global Health (Kayser)

This course provides an overview of water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in global health. Inadequate WaSH are responsible for a substantive portion of the global burden of disease, especially for children under five years of age. This course will survey the state of WaSH in low, middle and high-income countries. It will then introduce the range of WaSH technologies available to improve global health and examine the social, economic, and policy considerations important in WaSH planning.

**Satisfies (1) Medical Social Science Requirement for the GH BA/BS majors, or (1) GH Minor Elective


Winter 2021:

Humanities, Ethics, and Professionalism: Engaging Moral Imaginaries for Exploring Health and the Human Condition (Wilson)
Questions of morality are implicit in all aspects of health. Drawing insights from the medical humanities, this course engages students in thinking about the human condition (what it means to be human or dehumanized) from multiple perspectives: individual, social, civic. How do humans ascribe meaning to their lives? What does it take to flourish? What is empathy; for whom do we have it? What is ethical & just about the organization of society and its impact on health?

*Satisfies EITHER (1) Medical Humanities Requirement OR (1) Medical Social Science for the GH BA/BS majors, or (1) GH Minor Elective

Global Health Disparities and the Quest for Global Health Equity (Hannah)
This course examines health and healthcare for racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Students will explore explanations for why racial and ethnic minorities have poorer health outcomes and receive lower quality health care than other societal groups. Students will examine discrimination in healthcare settings, psychosocial stress and mental and physical health, and how the healthcare system generates disparate outcomes through interpersonal and institutional processes.

**Satisfies (1) Medical Social Science Requirement for the GH BA/BS majors, or (1) GH Minor Elective

Spring 2021:

Critical Perspectives in Global Health (Olivas-Hernandez)
This course aims to provide an educational setting for Latinx/Hispanx students to discuss critical perspectives in Global Health. The purpose is to think critically and creatively about global health development from an interdisciplinary approach. Themes to explore include research methodologies from decolonial perspectives, the role of morals and values in policy development, and the challenges of tackling Global Health problems in neoliberal societies.
**Satisfies (1) Medical Social Science Requirement for the GH BA/BS majors, or (1) GH Minor Elective

Health and Well-Being among Refugees and Forced Migrants (Wilson)
This course provides an overview of the health worlds of forcibly displaced populations, focusing on the intersections of violence, migration, and globalization. Topics include infectious disease, mental health, health policy, and access to care. Specific case studies explored include Latin American migrant experiences in the US, Haitian migrant experiences in the Dominican Republic, African migrant experiences in France, and Afghan migrant experiences in Greece.
*Satisfies EITHER (1) Medical Humanities Requirement OR (1) Medical Social Science for the GH BA/BS majors, or (1) GH Minor Elective

Course Pre-Authorization & Late Add Request

Students with lower division standing who would like to take an upper division course, please submit a course pre-authorization request here.

Tips for Searching the Schedule of Classes

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On the next page, scroll down and a long list of all the courses you’re searching for will appear in one search.

Previous Course Offerings

2020-21 Offerings

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2019-2020 Offerings

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2017-18 Offerings:

2016-17 Offerings:

2015-16 Offerings:


*Regarding courses accepted by petition

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

You will need to do one of the following:

Submit Online Petition Request or

Send a message in the Virtual Advising Center asking for the following:

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

Course Descriptions

Global Health Core Courses

GLBH 148. Global Health and Cultural Diversity (cross-listed with ANSC 148)

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.

GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health

This course will provide an overview of global health as a field of research and practice, with an emphasis on use of surveillance methods to understand health and determinants of health, evidence-based program development and evaluation of programs in the field, and engagement with governments and advocacy groups to elicit evidence-based policy change. Topics of focus will prioritize infectious diseases, maternal child health, substance use and gender-based violence, as case examples of global health research and programmatic approaches. By the end of this course students should have acquired an understanding of the global burden of major diseases and population health concerns, how to understand and intervene upon the determinants of disease and other health concerns, and how to develop and implement monitoring and outcome evaluations for use in low resource settings.

MGT 173. Project Management in Health Services

This course covers efficient techniques for managing health services projects including both the technical aspects of project management as well as the human capital management issues associated with blending administrative and technical staff with healthcare professionals. Topics include: scheduling methods, milestone setting, governmental regulations, resource allocation, interpersonal skills, and performing research and development projects - all with a health services focus.

Lower Division Courses

All Majors and Minors must complete:

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. 


GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health: Provides a foundational interdisciplinary understanding of complex global health issues and introduces major concepts and principles in global health. The course surveys the range of problems contributing to the global burden of disease and disability including infectious disease, mental illness, refugee and immigrant health, natural disasters, climate change, and food insecurity.

For Majors Only:

Choose One:

SOCI 30. Science, Technology, and Society: A series of case studies of the relations between society and modern science, technology, and medicine. Global warming, reproductive medicine, AIDS, and other topical cases prompt students to view science-society interactions as problematic and complex. 

SOCI 40. Sociology of Health-Care Issues: Designed as a broad introduction to medicine as a social institution and its relationship to other institutions as well as its relation to society. It will make use of both micro and macro sociological work in this area and introduce students to sociological perspectives of contemporary health-care issues. 

SOCI 70. General Sociology for Premedical Students: This introductory course is specifically designed for premedical students and will provide them with a broad introduction to sociological concepts and research, particularly as applied to medicine.

PHIL 26. Science, Society, and Values: An exploration of the interaction between scientific theory and practice on the one hand, and society and values on the other. Topics can include the relationship between science and religion, global climate change, DNA, medicine, and ethics. 


Statistics Course (Choose one):

PSYCH 60. Introduction to Statistics: This course provides an introduction to both descriptive and inferential statistics, core tools in the process of scientific discovery and the interpretation of research. Recommended to complete during a student's 2nd year. 

POLI 30. Political Inquiry: Introduction to the logic of inference in social science and to quantitative analysis in political science and public policy including research design, data collection, data description and computer graphics, and the logic of statistical inference (including linear regression). Poli Sci 30 is Lecture only, and Poli Sci 30D is Lecture plus Discussion section. These courses are equivalents of each other in regards to major requirements, and students may not receive credit for both 30 and 30D. 

MATH 11/11L. Calculus-Based Introductory Probability and Statistic + Lab: Events and probabilities, conditional probability, Bayes’ formula. Discrete random variables: mean, variance; binomial, Poisson distributions. Continuous random variables: densities, mean, variance; normal, uniform, exponential distributions, central limit theorem. Sample statistics, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression. Applications. Intended for biology and social science majors. Prerequisites: AP Calculus BC score of 3, 4, or 5, or Math 10B or Math 20B, and concurrent enrollment in Math 11L.

COGS 14B. Introduction to Statistical Analysis: Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Tables, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability. Distributions, Z-scores, correlation, regression. Probability, sampling, logic of inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, decision theory. T-test, one and two-way Anova, nonparametric tests (Chi-square). Prerequisites: COGS 14A.

Policy Analysis Courses (Majors only)

Choose one:

GLBH 160. Global Health Policy: Students will learn fundamental principles and concepts of global health policy, law, and governance. The course will focus on identifying critical global health policy challenges and solving them using a multidisciplinary approach that takes into account the perspectives of various stakeholders. 

POLI 160AA. Introduction to Policy Analysis: (Same as USP 101) This course will explore the process by which the preferences of individuals are converted into public policy. Also included will be an examination of the complexity of policy problems, methods for designing better policies, and a review of tools used by analysts and policy makers. (Prerequisites: Poli Sci 10 or 11)

POLI 170A. Introductory Statistics for Political Science and Public Policy: Introduction to the use of statistics in both political science and public policy concentrating on regression based approaches. Students undertake a series of small quantitative analyses and one project. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

USP 147. Case Studies in Health Care Programs/Poor and Underserved Populations: The purpose of this course is to identify the special health needs of low income and underserved populations and to review their status of care, factors influencing the incidence of disease and health problems, and political and legislative measures related to access and the provision of care. Selected current programs and policies that address the health care needs of selected underserved populations such as working poor, inner city populations, recent immigrants, and persons with severe disabling mental illnesses will be studied. Offered in alternate years. Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

USP 171. Sustainable Development: Sustainable development is a concept invoked by an increasingly wide range of scholars, activists, and organizations dedicated to promoting environmentally sound approaches to economic development. This course critically examines the diverse, often contradictory, interests in sustainability. It provides a transdisciplinary overview of emergent theories and practices. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.

SOCI 152/USP 133. Social Inequality and Public Policy: (Same as USP 133.) Primary focus on understanding and analyzing poverty and public policy. Analysis of how current debates and public policy initiatives mesh with alternative social scientific explorations of poverty. Prerequisites: upper-division standing. Will not receive credit for SOCI 152 and SOCC 152.

ECON 130. Public Policy: (pre-reqs: ECON 1A-B. or ECON 2. or ECON 100A) Course uses basic microeconomic tools to discuss a wide variety of public issues, including the war on drugs, global warming, natural resources, health care and safety regulation. Appropriate for majors who have not completed Econ 100A-B-C and students from other departments. Prerequisites: Econ 2 or 100A.

HISC 180. Science and Public Policy: This course will explore the evolution of the institutions, ideologies, procedures, standards, and expertise that modern democratic societies have used in applying science to generate and legitimate public policy.

ENVR 110. Environmental Law: Explores environmental policy in the United States and the ways in which it is reflected in law. The social and political issues addressed include environmental justice and environmental racism, as well as the role of government in implementing environmental law. Prerequisites:upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

Global Health Horizons Honors Thesis Seminar (GLBH 150A & B)

During Spring quarter of a student's junior year, Global Health majors may apply to be a part of the two-quarter Horizons Honors Thesis Seminar, open only to Global Health majors in the BA and BS. This seminar will provide an opportunity to expand, deepen, and share the insights of your Global Health Field Experience or a topic of interest in the field of global health, with members of your cohort.
  • Winter Quarter: GLBH 150A. Global Health Capstone Seminar I will consist of intensive reading and discussion in fields related to each student’s primary interest and building on your field experience. 
  • Spring Quarter: GLBH 150B. Global Health Capstone Seminar II will be a workshop with critical input from all participants focused on preparing a senior thesis that will provide an important credential for students in the next stage of their careers and as they prepare applications for graduate academic or professional training.

Students will develop a research poster based on their senior thesis, which will be presented at the Horizons of Global Health Conference during spring quarter. See part participant abstracts here. See Senior Thesis Resources here.

***Students must complete their Global Health Field Experience Requirement prior to enrollment. 

GLBH 195. Instructional Apprenticeship in Global Health

This course gives students experience in teaching global health courses for academic credit (P/NP).

Students, under direction of instructor, lead discussion sections, attend lectures, review course readings, and meet regularly to prepare course materials and to evaluate examinations and papers. This course does not fulfill any Global Health major or minor requirements. Students may enroll up to two times.


  1. Junior or Senior standing.
  2. Minimum of a 3.0 GPA.
  3. Must have taken the course and received an "A" in the course you wish to apply for.
  4. Student most contact the instructor to see if the instructor is interested in having an instructional apprentice.
  5. If the instructor approves, you may apply online
  6. Once you apply please email to notify us of your application. 
  7. Final approval required by department and academic senate. Please submit your request early (prior to the quarter you plan to enroll).

Special Studies Courses

More details on enrolling can be found here.

GLBH 197. Global Health Academic Internship Program (4): Offers Global Health students the opportunity to intern and gain credit for their Global Health Field Experience requirement. Students will intern and work with a faculty advisor to elaborate on the intellectual analysis and critique of the field experience.

GLBH 198. Directed Group Study (4): Directed group study for students to delve deeper into Global Health topics or elaborate the intellectual analysis and critique of their field experience for students enrolled in the Global Health major/minor. May be taken for credit two times. Prerequisites: departmental approval required. 

GLBH 199. Independent Study (4): Independent study opportunity for students to work with Global Health Affiliated Faculty on relevant research or to elaborate the intellectual analysis and critique of their Global Health Field Experience for students enrolled in the Global Health major/minor. May be taken for credit two times. Prerequisites: departmental approval required.

Elective Course Descriptions