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Thank you for your interest in the Global Health Program at UC San Diego!

We welcome talented prospective students from across the nation and around the world to apply. If you're interested in how the disciplines of medicine, biology, anthropology, sociology, political science, and economics (among others) come together to understand the complex nature of health problems and how to solve them on a local and global scale, this is definitely the field for you. 


UC San Diego’s Admissions Office handles all undergraduate admissions for both freshmen and transfer students.  Students interested in majoring in Global Health must first be admitted to UC San Diego as an undergraduate student. 

  • UC Application opens in August – get started on your application, and submit it during the filing period.
  • The filing period is November 1 through November 30.
  • UC San Diego only accepts Fall Applicants. 

For more information visit: UCSD Admissions Information

Tips for visiting campus:

When students apply, they select one of the six colleges. Click here for an overview of the college requirements.

Please note:

The Global Health major has no pre-requisite courses required. All coursework is designed to be taken at UC San Diego, however, we accept UC transferable coursework to fulfill lower-division major requirements. You can find acceptable courses at if transferring from a California community college.

Transfer Preparation

IGETC Certification: Completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) is strongly recommended for all students transferring from a California community college. This curriculum will serve to clear most general education requirements for incoming transfer students, leaving one to eight (1-8) general education courses depending on which of the six UCSD colleges the student is admitted into.

The Global Health Program will accept UC transferable transfer coursework toward major requirements.

Please note, that all courses taken at community college are articulated as lower division courses. 

Current Lower Division BA Major Requirements:

  • GLBH 20: Introduction to Global Health or HILD 30: History of Public Health
  • SOCI 40: Sociology of Health Care Issues  or  SOCI 30: Science, Technology, and Society
  • Statistics Course: equivalent to PSYCH 60 or POLI 30 or MATH 11/11L
    • Students may take 1-2 additional lower-division biology courses (that are approved for the major) to fulfill the biological science elective requirement (e.g. nutrition).

Current Lower Division BS Major Requirements:

    • TWO of the following courses: 
      • GLBH 20. Introduction to Global Health OR 
      • HILD 30. History of Public Health OR 
      • SOCI 30. Science, Technology & Society OR
      • SOCI 40. Sociology of Healthcare Issues OR 
      • SOCI 70. Sociology for Pre-Meds (*recommended for pre-med students taking the MCAT) OR
      • PHIL 26. Science, Society & Values OR
      • PSYC 1. Psychology 
      • Accepted by petition: *FMPH 40. Intro to Public Health 
    • ONE year of Biology (3 courses): BILD 1, BILD 2, and BILD 3
    • ONE year of Chemistry (4 courses): CHEM 6A, CHEM B, CHEM C and CHEM 7L
    • ONE year of Mathematics (3 courses):
      • MATH 10A and B or MATH 20A and B and
      • Stats Course: PSYC 60. Introduction to Statistics or MATH 11/11L.Calculus-Based Introductory Probability and Statistics (MATH 10B pre-req)

If you are a transfer student looking to complete coursework to apply towards your major, you can search for equivalent courses at your university.

California institutions can visit to find courses at your college that:

  • are transferable to UC San Diego
  • meet lower-division major and GE requirements

Once admitted, students can petition non-pre-approved global health coursework to fulfill major requirements by submitting an online petition.

Incoming Student Programs

Summer Success Programs are offered to enhance and bolster UC San Diego students' success.

Limits on Transfer Units

Transfer students will be granted up to 70 semester/ 105 quarter units of credit for lower-division coursework completed at any institution (or combination of institutions).

For units beyond the maximum, subject credit for appropriate coursework will be granted and may be used to satisfy the requirements:

  • Units earned through AP, IB, and/or A-level examinations are not included in the limitation. These units will not put you at risk of being denied admission.
  • Units earned at any UC campus in Extension, summer, cross/concurrent, and regular academic year enrollment are not included in the limitation but are added to the maximum transfer credit allowed. These units may put you at risk of being denied admission due to excessive units.

UC San Diego accepts transfer students at the junior (third year) level only. 

A transfer applicant may be considered in senior standing if they have completed:

  • 70-semester units (or more) of lower-division coursework; and
  • 20-semester units (or more) of upper-division coursework.

If you have questions about the number of transferrable units, please call the Office of Admissions at 858-534-4831.

AP coursework

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




Major  Requirement

AP Statistics

3, 4, or 5

4 units

Statistics requirement

AP Biology

Score of 4 or 5

Exempts BILD 1, 2, and 3

4 units

BILD 3 accepted for biological science elective

UC Summer Session + Online Courses

If you are a current UCSD student, you can enroll in a class at another UC campus without additional fees or applying for admission (during the academic year), subject to available space and campus approval. This process is known as "simultaneous enrollment."

University of California (UC) Cross-Campus Enrollment offers exceptional, flexible, and innovative online learning.

Cross-Campus Enrollment Information for UC San Diego students Global Health students:

  • Students may petition online courses to fulfill up to two Global Health major or minor requirements.
  • UCSD students cannot use “cross-campus enrollment” course units to reach “full-time” status.
  • Courtesy transcript sent to home campus, student does not need to request a transcript.
  • See additional details on how to enroll in classes at other UCs.

You must:

  • Complete one quarter at UCSD as a matriculated student.
  • Maintain 12 units at UCSD in the current term.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Be prepared academically (e.g. complete course prerequisites, etc.) as determined by the host campus.
  • Students may only enroll in one cross-campus course per quarter (excluding summer).

Pre-approved courses: 


  • Global Health majors may complete a maximum of two online courses and minors may complete a maximum of one course to count towards their Global Health degree requirements.
  • Online courses cannot be taken if a comparable in-person course is being offered in the same quarter at UC San Diego.
Campus Course Requirement
PUBHLTH 1. Principles of Public Health Major/Minor: Introduction Course
PUBHLTH 2. Case Studies in Public Health Practice Major: Medical Social Science Elective
Minor: Elective
PUBHLTH 90. Natural Disasters Minor: Elective
PUBHLTH 100. Global Health Ethics

Major: Medical Humanities Elective
Minor: Elective

PUBHLTH 120. Nutrition and Global Health

 Major: Medical Social Science Elective or Biology
Minor: Elective

PUBHLTH 170. Introduction to Global Health

Major/Minor: Introduction Course

PPD 115. Global Poverty and Inequality in the 21st Century Major: Global Processes Elective
Fulfills no minor electives
PSY BEH 101D. Lifespan Developmental Psychology Major: Medical Social Science Elective
Minor: Elective
ANSC 148A. Medical Anthropology Major: Medical Social Science Elective
Minor: Elective
PUBHLTH 101. Introduction to Epidemiology

Major/Minor: Biological Science Elective

Introduction to Health Policy and Management Major: Policy Analysis requirement
Minor: Elective
GLBH HLTH 100. Global Health and Development Major: Medical Social Science Elective
Minor: Elective
Public Health 150. Introduction to Public Health Major/Minor: Introduction Course
GLB HLT 150. Migration and Health Major: Medical Social Science Elective or Global Processes
Minor: Elective
COM HLT 48. Nutrition and Food Studies: Principles and Practice

Major: Biological Science Elective
Minor: Elective

UC Santa Barbara SOC 130SG. Social Globalization Major: Global Processes Course
UC Berkeley ANTH 115. Introduction to Medical Anthropology Major: Medical Social Science Elective
Minor: Elective
GHS 151. Poverty, Development, and Global Health Major: Medical Social Science Elective
Minor: Elective
UC Davis VME 057V. Global Population, Health, and Environment Major: Medical Social Science Elective or Global Processes
Minor: Elective
UC Riverside BIOL 116. Ecology and Conservation Biology Major: Biological Science Elective
Minor: Elective

Upon completion of the course: 

Once the course appears on your UCSD academic transcript, please submit a petition request to have the course count towards your global health major or minor requirements.

Petitioning courses once accepted

Have your transcripts sent to:
UCSD Admissions Office
Attn: Transcript evaluation
9500 Gilman Drive 0021
La Jolla, CA 90293-0021
Once the courses appear on your UCSD academic history, you can submit a petition request, following instructions below, for transfer coursework. If the course has already articulated as a UCSD approximation and that course is accepted for your major/minor, it will automatically show on your degree audit. 

Submitting Course Petitions
These instructions pertain to your Global Health requirements only. Your college will assist you with general education and specific college requirements.
  • If you are a current or newly admitted student and would like to complete transfer coursework while a UCSD student, request pre-approval using the online petition request.


Prospective Transfer Students: For any questions related to Global Health, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office.