Global Health

(Field Programs in South Africa and Tanzania)  The Global Health Minor (GLBHL) is designed to provide undergraduate students with a multidisciplinary exposure to the theoretical and practical issues affecting the health of populations in various countries and regions of the world. This minor is appropriate for students whose career goals incorporate public health interventions, education, policy or research related to global health. Course work and supervised field work will draw on the diversity and abundance of the Penn State faculty’s international resources and networks. The minor consists of 18 credits, of which 9 credits are prescribed courses including a supervised fieldwork experience and 9 additional credits from the list of approved courses.

Students desiring to enter the minor must submit an application to the Coordinator. Applicants to the Global Health Minor:

  • must have declared a major field of study
  • must include with the application a proposed plan of study. This plan should include the student’s contact information and GPA, a brief statement about the relationship of this minor to the student’s major plan of study and career goals, a list of proposed supporting courses, and a proposed supervised fieldwork experience. The student’s application to the minor must be signed by the student’s academic/faculty adviser.
  • previously completed coursework and/or supervised fieldwork experience may be retroactively included in the plan of study if approved by the Coordinator of the minor.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1 – 2)


BB H 305 IL(3), BB H 390 (3), and BB H/H P A 440 US;IL(3) (Sem: 4-6)

Select 9 credits from the list of approved supporting courses in consultation with the Coordinator, with at least 3 credits at the 400 level. (Sem 5-8)

An approved, supervised fieldwork experience dealing with a global health issue is a requirement of this minor, BB H 390 “Global health fieldwork experience.” This course is scheduled in the Spring semester and includes an imbedded, supervised fieldwork experience that takes place during the subsequent summer. (Sem: 6)

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