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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. 

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.

Minor Requirements (7 courses/ 28 units)

Core Requirements (3 Courses/ 12 units)

ONE lower division introductory course:

  • GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health 
    • *FMPH 40. Introduction to Public Health (accepted by petition via VAC message request)

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 

Current Core Offerings

Fall 2024 Winter 2025 Spring 2025
Lower Division Core Courses

GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health (El Wardani)

PH 40. Introduction to Public Health (Trinidad)

GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health (Walkover)

GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health (El Wardani)

PH 40. Introduction to Public Health (TBD)

Upper Division Core Courses

GLBH/ANSC 148 (Walkover)

GLBH 181 (Burgos)

MGT 173 (Hayes)

GLBH/ANSC 148 (Staff)

GLBH 181 (TBD) 

GLBH 160 (Mackey)

MGT 173 (Hayes)

GLBH/ANSC 148 (Staff)

MGT 173 (Hayes)

GLBH 181 (Burgos)

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

Health Related Biological Science Course Options

**Students may choose a lower or upper division course to complete the health related biological science electve.



  • ANTH 2. Human Origins 
  • ANTH 43. Introduction to Biology and Culture of Race (DEI Overlap)
  • ANBI 116. Human Sexuality in an Evolutionary Perspective
  • ANBI 131. Biology and Culture of Race (DEI Overlap)
  • ANBI 134. Human Evolutionary Genetics 
  • ANBI 139. Evolution of Human Disease
  • ANBI 140. The Evolution of the Human Brain
  • ANBI 141. The Evolution of Human Diet 
  • *ANBI 144. Human Anatomy


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 30. Biology of Plagues: Past & Present (Open to nonbiology majors only)
  • BILD 36. AIDS, Science, and Society (Open to nonbiology majors only)
  • BILD 38. Dementia, Science, and Society
  • BILD 60. Biology and Diversity (BILD 1; BILD 2 or 3) (DEI Overlap)
  • BIBC 102. Metabolic Biochemistry (CHEM 40A & CHEM 40B)
  • BIBC 103. Biochemical Techniques (BILD 1)
  • BIBC 120. Nutrition (BIBC 102)
  • 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) (BIBC 100 recommended)
  • BIEB 150. Evolution (BILD 3; BILD 1 or BIEB 143)
  • BIEB 176: Conservation and the Human Predicament (BILD 3)
  • BIMM 100. Molecular Biology (BILD 1; CHEM 40A-B; BILD 4 or BIBC 103 or BIMM 101)
  • BIMM 110. Molecular Basis of Human Disease (BICD 100; BIMM 100; BIBC 102 or BIBC 100)
  • BIMM 114. Virology (BIMM 100)
  • BIMM 120. Microbiology (BILD 3; BIMM 100; BIBC 100 or 102) 
  • BIMM 124. Medical Microbiology (BIBC 100 or BIBC 102)
  • BIPN 100. Human Physiology (BILD 1 & BILD 2)
  • BIPN 102. Human Physiology II (BIPN 100) (BIBC 102 co-req recommended)
  • BIPN 134. Human Reproduction (BIPN 100)
Accepted by Petition:
  • *BILD 20. Human Genetics in Modern Society (Open to nonbiology majors only)
  • *BIMM 101. Recombinant Dna Techniques Lab (BILD 1)
Biology courses not accepted: BILD 1, 2, 4, 7, 10

Cognitive Sciences

  • COGS 11. Minds and Brains
  • COGS 17. Neurobiology of Cognition
  • COGS 174. Drugs, Brain, Mind & Culture

Environmental Studies

  • ENVR 30. Environmental Issues

Family Medicine and Public Health

  • FMPH 101. Epidemiology  (FMPH 40 & PSYC 60 or Math 11 or COGS 14B)
  • FMPH 102. Biostatistics in Public Health (FMPH 40 & PSYC 60 or MATH 11 or COGS 14B) 

Global Health

  • GLBH 102. Global Health Epidemiology (GLBH 20 or FMPH 40, Stats, GLBH 181)

Human Development

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


  • SOCI 107. Epidemiological Methods: Statistical Study of Disease (SOCI 60)

Elective Course Options

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


  • ANSC 101. Aging: Culture and Health in Late Life Human Development (cross-listed with GLBH 101)
  • ANSC 105. Global Health and Inequality (cross-listed with GLBH 105)
  • ANSC 106. Global Health: Indigenous Medicines in Latin America
  • ANSC 121. Psychological Anthropology
  • ANSC 129. Meaning and Healing (cross-listed with GLBH 129)
  • ANSC 139. Native American Health & Healing
  • ANSC 143. Mental Health as a Global Priority
  • ANSC 144. Immigrant and Refugee Health
  • ANSC 146. A Global Health Perspective on HIV/AIDS (cross-listed with GLBH 146)
  • ANSC 147. Global Health and the Environment (cross-listed with GLBH 147)
  • ANSC 149. Conflict, Health & Inequality
  • ANSC 150. Culture and Mental Health (cross-listed with GLBH 150)
  • ANSC 155. Humanitarian Aid: What is it good for?
  • ANSC 156. Mad Films
  • ANSC 164. Introduction to Medical Anthropology
  • ANSC 182. Gun Violence as Social Pathology
  • ANSC 188. Cultures of Healing
Accepted by Petition:
  • *ANSC 100. Special Topics (when Global Health content)


  • COMM 114J. CSI: Food Justice
  • *COMM 114W. Global Health Communication

Critical Gender Studies

  • CGS 111. Gender and the Body
  • CGS 123. Gender and Reproductive Politics (CGS 2A, 2B, an intermediate course, or instructor permission)


  • 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
  • ETHN 183. Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Class (cross-listed with CGS 114)

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 106. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Global Health
  • GLBH 107. Refugee Health in Local and Global Contexts
  • GLBH 108. Hispanic and Latinx Issues in Global Health
  • GLBH 109. Decolonizing Global Health
  • 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 112. Medicine, Global Health, and Bioethics
  • GLBH 113. Women's Health in Global Perspective
  • GLBH 114. Latin American Health and Healing
  • *GLBH 115. Social Justice and Health Equity: The Intellectual Legacy of Paul Farmer
  • *GLBH 116. Global Health and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • *GLBH 118. Placing People First: Introduction to the Global Health Humanities
  • GLBH 129. Meaning and Healing (cross-listed with ANSC 129)
  • GLBH 139. Native American Health & Healing (cross-listed with ANSC 139)
  • GLBH 141. Clinical Perspectives in Global Health
  • GLBH 142. Ethnographies of the Clinic
  • GLBH 143. Mental Health as a Global Health Priority (cross-listed with ANSC 143)
  • GLBH 146. A Global Health Perspective on HIV 
  • GLBH 147. Global Health and the Environment (cross-listed with ANSC 147)
  • GLBH 148. Global Health and Cultural Diversity (if not taken for core course)
  • GLBH 150. Culture and Mental Health (cross-listed with ANSC 150)
  • GLBH 160. Global Health Policy
  • GLBH 162. Research Translation for Global Health
  • GLBH 163. Global Health Technology
  • GLBH 171R. Global Mental Health
  • GLBH 181. Essentials of Global Health (if not taken for core course)
  • Special Studies Courses: GLBH 197/198/199. Internship/Directed Study/Independent Research (max of 2 accepted total - not each)


  • HISC 108. Life Sciences in the Twentieth Century
  • HISC 109. Invention of Tropical Disease
  • HISC 115. History of Modern Medicine
  • HISC 116. History of Bioethics
  • 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 Global Culture
  • LTCS 165. The Politics of Food
  • LTWL 177. Literature and Aging


  • PHIL 150. Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences
  • PHIL 163. Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 164. Technology and Human Values
  • PHIL 173. Topics in Bioethics

Political Science

  • POLI 111D. Social Norms and Global Development 


  • PSYC 100. Clinical Psychology 
  • PSYC 101. Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 116. Laboratory in Clinical Psychology Research
  • PSYC 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

Not accepted: PSYC 104, PSYC 180, PSYC 182

Rady School of Management

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

Scripps Institute

  • SIO 116. Climate Change and Global Health
  • 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 (DEI Course)
  • SOCI 143. Suicide
  • SOCI 173. Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine

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 Undeserved Populations 

Global Health Field Experience Requirement (Optional)

The Global Health Field Experience Requirement is OPTIONAL, however we do encourage students to complete the requirement, if possible, 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 in the field.

Please visit the Global Health Field Experience page for more information on requirements and pre-approved options.


  • 100 hours, Domestic or Abroad, Non-credit bearing or credit-bearing.  
  • Must be completed by the quarter you plan to graduate.
  • Placement must be pre-approved and students must submit verification upon completion.
  • Note: *Credit bearing field experience counts towards elective credits. 

To waive the requirement:

  • Send a message in the VAC to request that the Field Experience Requirement be waived for your Global Health minor. 

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: GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health (or FMPH 40 by petition request via VAC message).
  • One Health Related Biological Science Course (may be lower division, e.g BILD 3) 
  • Two of the following: GLBH/ANSC 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.

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.  

AP + Transfer Coursework

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




Minor Requirement

AP Biology

Score of 4 or 5

Exempts BILD 1, 2, and 3

4 units

BILD 3 accepted for biological science elective

Transfer Coursework: The Global Health Program will accept UC transferable transfer coursework toward minor requirements. Please note, that all courses taken at community college are articulated as lower division courses. Additional transfer details can be found here.

UC Online Courses: Students wishing to take UC online courses, please see details here

How do I waive the field experience requirement?

Global Health minors (FA16 catalog) 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".

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:

(Wait until the course has posted to your academic history.)

Submit an Online Petition Request

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.