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Global Public Health Minor

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School of Public Health, MMC 819, A395 Mayo Memorial Building, 420 Delaware Street, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-626-3500 OR 1-800-774-8636)
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 7
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
The global public health minor provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to address health issues that transcend national boundaries and prepare them to develop and implement solutions to health problems that require global cooperation. Students take public health courses that focus on the population health skills necessary to promote the health and well-being and safety of global and local populations.
This program is accredited by Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Admission to the global public health minor is contingent upon enrollment in a University master's or doctoral degree-granting program. Students should consult with their program advisor prior to contacting the Global Public Health director of graduate studies regarding requirements.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
All required courses must be completed with a B- minimum grade. Minimum GPA is 3.00.
Course Requirements
Required Courses (5 credits)
All students take the following courses, in consultation with the Global Public Health director of graduate studies. PUBH 6108, if selected, must be taken for 2 credits.
PUBH 6131 - Working in Global Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6231 - Global Health Capstone (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6108 - Foundations of Global Health (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 6134 - Sustainable Development and Global Public Health (2.0 cr)
Electives (2-7 credits)
Select electives in consultation with the Global Public Health director of graduate studies to meet the masterís 7-credit or the doctoral 12-credit minimum. The minimum grade required for a course taken for an A-F-grade is B-.
GCC 5003 - Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues [GP] (3.0 cr)
PA 5451 - Immigration, Health and Public Policy (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6010 - Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6055 - Social Inequalities in Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6132 - Air, Water, and Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6154 - Climate Change and Global Health (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6290 - International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6365 - Global Challenges in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6383 - Vaccines (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6385 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6605 - Reproductive and Perinatal Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6713 - Global Health in a Local Context (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6715 - India: Global Health, Globalization, & Leadership (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6730 - International Comparative Health Systems (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6732 - Topics and Methods in Global Health Assessment (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6815 - Community-based Participatory Research (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6906 - Global Nutrition (2.0 cr)
PUBH 7262 - Globalization and Health (1.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
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PUBH 6131 - Working in Global Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to key issues in global health. Global burden of disease. Cultural issues/health. Nutrition. Infectious diseases. Environmental problems. Women/children. Prereq Grad student.
PUBH 6231 - Global Health Capstone
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course is designed to facilitate learnersí synthesis of the skills, knowledge, and attitudes learned throughout the Global Health Certificate courses and practiced during field experience. Each student will be guided through the creation of a portfolio of carefully selected assignments, reflections, and experiences completed during the Certificate program, along with a resume and a final reflection. Each student will then present a portfolio at the end of the course.
PUBH 6108 - Foundations of Global Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course provides an introduction to key principles and topics in global health including measures of global burden of disease, identification of key health problems around the world and the main determinants, health systems and international public health organizations. In addition, we will discuss cross-cutting and timely issues in health promotion, disease control programs, and operational research in international settings. Class exercises and discussions will focus on challenging global health problems, and strategies to address them. This course is required for those students enrolled in the School of Public Health Global Health Certificate program, and is also open to other qualified students (see Course Prerequisites). Examples of diseases and illustrations of global health problems in this class will include both infectious and non-infectious diseases and should be of interest to students in various programs.
PUBH 6134 - Sustainable Development and Global Public Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Effects of globalization on social/sustainable development. Population, war, economics, urbanization, environment, water/sanitation, communicable/non-communicable conditions. New infectious/chronic diseases, food security/environmental health. prereq: Credit will not be granted if received for 6100 or 6365
GCC 5003 - Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Often, the most progress on challenging issues such as health and equity is made when you apply an interdisciplinary perspective. The same is true for global health issues. Whether responding to emerging pandemics, food insecurity, maternal mortality, or civil society collapse during conflict, solutions often lie at the intersection of animal, environmental, and human health. In this course, students will work in teams to examine the fundamental challenges to addressing complex global health problems in East Africa and East African refugee communities here in the Twin Cities. Together we will seek practical solutions that take culture, equity, and sustainability into account. In-field professionals and experts will be available to mentor each team, including professionals based in Uganda and Somalia. This exploration will help students propose realistic actions that could be taken to resolve these issues. This course will help students gain the understanding and skills necessary for beginning to develop solutions to global health issues. This is a Grand Challenge Curriculum course.
PA 5451 - Immigration, Health and Public Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00519
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How to access demographic, health, and background information on US immigrants. Characteristics and health needs of immigrants. Designing culturally competent health programs. How to advocate for needed policy changes to promote immigrant health and wellbeing. Community visits required. Online course.
PUBH 6010 - Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00354 - PubH 3010/6010
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of public health approaches to AIDS epidemic. Epidemiological/clinical features of HIV infection. Impact of AIDS on certain communities/populations. Behavior change principles as they apply to AIDS interventions. prereq: Grad student or professional school student or instr consent
PUBH 6055 - Social Inequalities in Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Extent and causes of social inequalities in health. Degree to which understanding of these inequalities is hampered by methodological limitations in health research. Focuses on individual, community, and policy approaches to reducing social inequalities in health.
PUBH 6132 - Air, Water, and Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Issues related to providing adequate levels of clean air/water. Local water quantity/quality, air quality in developed/developing world, global air/water quality, policies meant to protect these resources.
PUBH 6154 - Climate Change and Global Health
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interconnected relationships between global climate change/human health. Develop computer models to predict climate change from natural/anthropogenic forces, predict human health outcomes as result of changing climate. prereq: Students must have elementary computer skills.
PUBH 6290 - International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02338
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation is an applied, operational course that teaches students how to operate in an international humanitarian crises as a responder. Learners assume the role of an NGO responder in this simulation that involves active teamwork, intense interaction with role-players, and on-the-spot decision-making. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to learn and practice the critical collaboration and teamwork objectives essential in humanitarian response. Please contact organizers should you have concerns regarding physical challenges presented in extended outdoor activity in an extensive (but walkable) site, rain or shine. Additional course fee covers meals, accommodation in primitive cabins, and equipment during the simulation. Full packing list will be supplied to participants (e.g., sleeping bag, rain gear, flashlight, etc).
PUBH 6365 - Global Challenges in Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course will focus on the considerable burden due to infectious diseases within middle and low-income countries, as well as the underlying risk factors that lead to their emergence and spread. Students will learn about and review different measures of disease burden and health status. Different diseases of international public health significance will be reviewed, with a focus on epidemiologic research and methods used describe and analyze disease determinants. The course will also expose students to different interventions (prevention and control strategies) that have been used in both emergency situation, and to reduce the burden of more endemic diseases that significantly impact the health of populations. The scientific literature concerning specific diseases of interest will be examined and discussed in order to illustrate these principles. We recognize that it is impossible to cover all subjects in global health. Using a case-study approach, the course will instead select a variety of infectious diseases of international importance. We will focus instead on approaches to dealing with these different problems, and some of the methodologies used to study them. This course will allow students to gain both skills and a greater understanding of public health research and practice as it applies to international health. prereq: [6320 or 6341, instr consent] master's or doctoral level student in School of Public Health
PUBH 6383 - Vaccines
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Vaccines are one of the most successful public health interventions ever developed. Yet, fundamental misconceptions about how and why vaccines work and about the scientific evidence about their efficacy and safety limit the ability of public health professionals to prevent and control the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases. Vaccinology is the branch of infectious disease epidemiology that addresses these issues, building upon core concepts in epidemiologic methods and study designs to understand both the individual- and population-level impact of vaccines. In this graduate level course, students will focus on critical concepts and methods in epidemiology, infectious diseases, vaccinology, and public health needed to: 1) Understand the principles of infectious disease transmission dynamics that determine how and why vaccines reduce the burden of disease 2) Utilize epidemiologic methods and study designs to assess both individual and population-level vaccine efficacy/effectiveness 3) Develop and implement strategies to address the challenges of achieving and maintaining high vaccine coverage in diverse communities across the US and globally. More than 25 human diseases can be prevented by vaccination and dozens of novel and next-generation vaccines are currently under development. From ongoing efforts to eradicate polio worldwide to measles outbreaks in the US where the disease had once been eliminated to the development of fast-tracked Ebola vaccines during the West African outbreak, vaccines have taken center stage in the field of infectious diseases over the past several decades because of the incredible impact vaccines have had on saving lives, preventing disease, and preserving health. However, despite the success of vaccination programs against many serious diseases, challenges to designing, delivering, and maintaining trust in vaccines persist. Globally, vaccine-preventable diseases (pneumonia and diarrheal diseases including rotavirus) remain top causes of death in children under 5 years old. Yet vaccine access continues to be a challenge. The field of vaccinology allows us to examine, from an epidemiologic methods perspective, how and why vaccines protect individuals and populations and how and why we face challenges to achieving and maintaining high vaccine uptake among at-risk populations worldwide. In doing so, we gain the knowledge needed to develop strategies that can successfully protect all individuals from vaccine-preventable diseases. From the perspective of researchers, public health practitioners, and medical professionals, we will learn about numerous study designs to assess vaccine efficacy, effectiveness, and safety, and we will learn to apply communication skills critical to translating epidemiologic evidence about vaccines to the public. Specifically, we will draw upon the primary literature to understand concepts in infectious disease transmission dynamics, herd immunity, maternal immunity, and waning/boosting of immune responses. These concepts will set the foundation for understanding how and why vaccines protect both individuals and populations and how individuals interact with populations in complex ways. Throughout this course, we will apply principles of epidemiology and epi methods to understand how vaccines have successfully reduced the burden of disease in many different settings across the globe and to examine how the challenges of vaccine hesitancy, vaccine refusal, and lack of access threaten the advances that have been made in reducing the burden of infectious diseases. Students from many different disciplines who are interested in understanding why vaccines have been regarded as one of the greatest public health achievements of all time will gain a clear understanding of the essential role that they play in preventing disease and maintaining health populations.
PUBH 6385 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Principles and/ methods. Strategies for disease control and prevention, including immunization. Relevance of modes of transmission of specific agents for disease spread and prevention. Public health consequences of infectious diseases at local, national, and international levels.
PUBH 6605 - Reproductive and Perinatal Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Epidemiology, programs, services, and policies. Social, cultural, psychological, physiologic, environmental, economic, and political factors that affect reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbearing. prereq: Public health student or grad student or instr consent
PUBH 6713 - Global Health in a Local Context
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Global Health in a Local Context: An experiential course on the social determinants, health equity, and leading change in Minnesota immerses students in the study of health equity, the social determinants of health, the principles and practice of global health in a local setting, and community-based healthcare. The discipline of social medicine provides a theoretical and practical framework to explore these topics. This course draws on the social sciences and social epidemiology to forge understandings of the social determinants of health; integrates the voice and decision-making power of individuals, families, and communities; is multidisciplinary and multisectoral in its responses; ensures an equity agenda; and is guided by deep, multi-faceted encounters with local contexts.
PUBH 6715 - India: Global Health, Globalization, & Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course will provide a global health learning experience with field observations in Mysuru (Mysore), India. Participants will learn about health and health care delivery in the context of globalization in India. The course is meant to convey the significance of the social determinants of health in a globalized world. The course will emphasize the leadership skills needed to function in the fields of global health and development and includes an intensive leadership workshop. Additionally, participants will collaboratively observe the grass-root level activities in public health, health care delivery, and other community activities.
PUBH 6730 - International Comparative Health Systems
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
History and development of health systems from a socio-political perspective. Overview of relative importance and meaning of health outcomes data. Role of WHO. Students use OECD health database.
PUBH 6732 - Topics and Methods in Global Health Assessment
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Evaluation of health populations relative to specific topics important to global health, including methodology appropriate to particular issue. Focuses on developing countries. prereq: [6705, [concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in PUBH 6705 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in PUBH 6320 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in PUBH 6341 or concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in grad course in epidemiology], [public health MPH or environmental health [MS or PhD] or health services research/policy/administration [MS or PhD] or epidemiology PhD or clinical research MS]] or instr consent
PUBH 6815 - Community-based Participatory Research
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This introductory course is intended for junior faculty, post-docs, graduate students and community practitioners interested in adding CBPR to their repertoire of effective approaches to understanding and addressing social and health disparities. Topics will explore the purpose and applications of CBPR; partnership formation and maintenance; issues of power, trust, race, class, and social justice; conflict resolution; ethical issues; CBPR's relationship to cultural knowledge systems, and funding CBPR projects. This is NOT a methodology course. CBPR is an approach to conducting research that is amenable to a variety of research designs and methodologies and will NOT cover topics such as survey design, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, focus groups, community needs assessment procedures, etc.
PUBH 6906 - Global Nutrition
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Nature/scope of chief nutritional issues and problems in the world. Emphasizes developing countries. Nutrient deficiencies, nutrition-related aspects of infectious/chronic disease. prereq: Grad student
PUBH 7262 - Globalization and Health
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Global health concerns cross the borders of developed and developing nations. Effect of globalization on social and scientific consequences in public health. Interplay between global stressors such as population, war, economics, urbanization, and environment; effects on the health of women/children, spread of infectious/chronic diseases, nutrition and environmental health.