Minor in Global Public Health

The minor in global public health provides an interdisciplinary focus of study that enables students to understand and promote individual and population health throughout the world. This is accomplished via a range of courses that provide relevant and rigorous intellectual learning, community and international service learning, and a capstone course in the senior year.

This minor is suitable for students with a wide range of interests in the humanities, the arts and the sciences, as each of these disciplines contributes to the diversity and complexity of global public health issues. Students are encouraged to explore the variety of course offerings to enrich their academic experience in the minor. Each student is guided through the process by a faculty mentor.

Interested students are required to apply for acceptance to the minor. The minor requires a substantial level of commitment from students, so applicants should carefully consider whether they can meet the expectations of course study, community and international learning and a capstone experience.

Current students who are interested in applying to the global public health minor may find application materials on MyQ (QU login and password required).

For more information, please contact:

Dr. David Hill
Director, global public health program

Katie LaMonaca
Global public health program coordinator

Program of Study

Students are eligible to apply for the minor beginning first semester sophomore year. Interested students should contact the Office of Global Public Health Programs at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine or view application details on MyQ (QU login and password required).

Service Learning 
Students are required to engage in community service learning for at least two semesters. The community learning can be integrated into a service learning course. Students also must engage in an international academic experience for at least four weeks. This experience also could occur in an underserved area of the United States, or, with approval, be integrated into a semester study abroad.

Students must complete 18 total credits (usually six courses) from the following course list. GPH 201 (Introduction to Global Public Health) and GPH 301 (Capstone in Global Public Health) are required courses.

Course Title Credits
AN 101 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
AN 102 Introduction to Biological Anthropology (UC) 3
AN 222 Indigenous Peoples of North America 3
AN 223 Latin American Societies and Cultures 3
AN 310/WS 310 Cross-cultural Perspectives on Gender, Sex & Sexuality 3
AN 330 Anthropology of Gender-based Violence 3
AN 337 Anthropology of Health & Medicine 3
BIO 105/L Introduction to the Biological Sciences (UC) with lab 4
BIO 106/L Science & Society: Concepts & Current Issues (UC) with lab 4
BIO 161 Intro to Biological Aspects of Science & Society (UC) 3
BIO 328/L Human Clincal Parasitology 3
BMS 110/L The World of Microbes (UC) with lab 4
BMS 117/L Human Organism (UC) with lab 4
BMS 162 Human Health (UC) 3
BMS 276 Drug Development 3
BMS 375/HSC 375 Immunology 4
BMS 378 Vaccines 4
BMS 473 Infections of Leisure 3
BMS 474 Power of Plagues 3
EC 206 Urban Economics 3
EC 304 Environmental Economics 3
ED 250 Diversity, Dispositions & Multiculturalism (UC) 3
EN 215 The Travel Essay (UC) 3
GP 101 Introduction to Geography 3
GPH 201 Introduction to Global Public Health 3
GPH 301 Capstone in Global Public Health 3
HSC 262 Nutrition in Health and Illness 3
HSC 315 Bioethical Issues in the 21st Century 3
HS 330/SV 330 History of Western Medicine 3
IB 201 Globalization & International Business (UC) 3
MA 206 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3
MSS 346 Global Communication 3
NUR 304 Health Promotion & Wellness 3
NUR 322 Care of Women, Children and Families 3
NUR 362 Nutrition in Health & Wellness 3
NUR 428 Community & Public Health Nursing 3
NUR 480 Health Disparities 3
PL 220 Ethics & Human Values (UC) 3
PL 222 Ethics in Biomedical Research & Health Care Delivery 3
PL 234 Philosophies of Health, Healing & Medicine 3
PL 320 Thought & Work of Albert Schweitzer 3
PL 330/WS 330 Philosophy & Gender 3
PL 337 Human Rights in Theory & Practice 3
PO 211 Introduction to International Relations (UC) 3
PO 221 Introduction to Latin America 3
PO 245 International Political Economy (UC) 3
PO 311 Topics in International Relations 3
PO 318 Development of International Organizations 3
PO 325 Health Psychology 3
PO 334 Topics in African Politics 3
PO 337 Human Rights: Theory and Practice 3
PS 368 Occupational Health Psychology 3
PS 373 Positive Psychology 3
PRR 346 Health Care Public Relations  3
QU 301 Global Community 3
SCI 105/L Food Chemistry & Nutrition (UC) with lab 4
SCI 161 Nutrition: An Investigative Experience (UC) 3
SCI 162 Consumer Chemistry (UC) 3
SV 301 Science, Technology & Health Care: Present & Future Challenges 3
SO 225 Social Problems (UC) 3
SO 241 Racial & Ethnic Groups (UC) 3
SO 244 Social Stratification (UC) 3
SO 253 The Immigrant Experience 3
SO 263 Sociology of the Aged (UC) 3
SO 266 Population & Society 3
SO 280 Illness & Disability (UC) 3
SO 304/WS 304 Sociology of Gender 3
SO 305/GT 305 Death, Grief and Bereavement  3
SO 360 Sociology of Mental Illness 3
SO 365/GT 365 Aging: Problems & Policies 3
CJ 242/SO 242 Race Crime and Justice 3
CJ 283/SO 283 Crime & Society 3
CJ 330/SO 330 Perspectives on Violence 3
CJ 333/SO 333 Drugs, Alcohol & Society 3
CJ 353 Sexual Violence 3
SP 373 Latin American Cultures (I) 3
SP 374 Latin American Cultures (II) 3
SP 376 The Spanish Caribbean 3