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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 2022
  • 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 to develop and implement solutions that require global cooperation. Students take public health courses that focus on the population health skills necessary to promote the health, well-being, and safety of global and local levels. The School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
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 minor coursework must be taken A-F and achieve a grade of B- or above. Elective courses may be taken either A-F or S/N. If taken A-F students must achieve a B- or above for electives.
Required Coursework (5 credits)
Take the following courses:
PUBH 6004 - Global Health Capstone (1.0 cr)
PUBH 6108 - Foundations of Global Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6131 - Working in Global 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.
GCC 5003 - Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues [GP] (3.0 cr)
GHSR 6713 - Global Health In Local Contexts (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6011 - 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 6194 - Climate Change and Public Health: The Science and Public Health Responses (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6365 - Global Challenges in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6385 - Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6396 - Applied Practice Experience Global Health (0.5-8.0 cr)
PUBH 6602 - Global Matenal and Child Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6605 - Sexual, Reproductive, and Perinatal Public Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6715 - India: Global Health, Globalization, & Leadership (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6719 - International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation (1.0 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 6004 - 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 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.
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. GCC courses are open to all students and fulfill an honors experience for University Honors Program students.
GHSR 6713 - Global Health In Local Contexts
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Global Health in Local Contexts: A Transnational Experiential Course on the Social Determinants, Health Equity, and Leading Change will immerse students in the study of health equity, the social and structural determination of health, the principles and practice of global health in local settings, and leading change. The discipline of social medicine provides a theoretical and practical framework to explore these topics. Social medicine is an approach to health that recognizes the centrality of the social and structural determination of health, integrates social theory to understand social forces that marginalize and harm communities, and builds collective power to challenge oppression and support the struggle for social justice. The course uses an experiential and inter-professional model; global, collaborative participation will promote understanding of the ways in which globally-connected social forces impact experience in local settings in similar and different ways.
PUBH 6011 - Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: PubH 3011/6011
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 6194 - Climate Change and Public Health: The Science and Public Health Responses
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Climate change presents an almost unimaginable crisis to our existence. Its profoundness is coupled with an urgency to find solutions that contribute to collective and transformative actions. There is scientific consensus that the existence of human beings (and many other species) on the planet is in danger because of fossil fuel emissions. Human activity has led to increasing greenhouse gases (especially carbon dioxide) and a warming planet. A warming planet has negative consequences in terms of environmental degradation, extreme weather events, and social disruption?all of which have health and economic consequences. While the basic problem is acknowledged by scientists in diverse fields, many of the proposed responses to the current and projected climate-related changes are contrary to powerful political, cultural, industrial, and economic interests. The challenges posed by these interests, as well as the complexity (and sometimes imprecision and uncertainty) of the science, make it difficult for individuals to clearly understand the threats and the opportunities that must be addressed in the next several decades if the earth is to remain habitable for almost 9 million species. Hearts and minds must change quickly. Public and professional educational efforts must be massive, with clear messages of hope, urgency, and direction. Local, national, and global adaptation and mitigation responses must thus be palatable and accessible to diverse communities as well as to powerful economic and political entities. Public health policies, programs, services, and educational efforts must necessarily be created by multidisciplinary teams using community-focused approaches. These efforts must reach all affected individuals and entities, especially those who are most vulnerable to the negative sequalae of climate change. They must also effectively address the many political, social, and cultural barriers to the kind of transformative actions that are necessary to maintain the habitability of the planet. The course will take a public health perspective to encourage students to learn and critically evaluate information about three major content areas: (1) the science of climate change and its public health contextualization; (2) the existing, and projected, consequences of climate change to the environment, to human health, and to institutions and infrastructures that affect public health; and (3) public health mitigation and adaptation responses for industries, governments, communities, and individuals. A special emphasis will be placed on public health communications of climate change science, risks, and public actions. Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for PubH 7200 Climate Change and Public Health
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 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 6396 - Applied Practice Experience Global Health
Credits: 0.5 -8.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students are required to complete a supervised Applied Practice Experience (AP). Students must address three Global Health competencies. prereq: Global Health Certificate Instructor Consent
PUBH 6602 - Global Matenal and Child Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course provides an overview of global maternal and child health and examines MCH health needs, programs, services, and policies globally with a focus on the Global South/low-middle income economies. The work completed throughout the semester will have three areas of focus: (1) disease burden among MCH populations and the social, political, cultural, and economic determinants of health; (2) sources of data for the assessment of maternal and child health needs, and (3) heath system and workforce development to address the needs of MCH populations.
PUBH 6605 - Sexual, Reproductive, and Perinatal Public Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of perinatal, sexual, and reproductive health surveillance, programs, services, and policies in the U.S., with an emphasis on vulnerable populations and methods to assess and interpret perinatal, sexual, and reproductive health data. prereq: Public health student or grad student or instr consent
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 6719 - International Humanitarian Crisis Simulation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
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 or volunteer. 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. Arrangements for remote attendance to post classroom sessions will be available. Students must first register and pay a fee at to receive a permission number to register. Simulation fee covers meals, accommodation in primitive cabins, and equipment during the simulation. A full packing list will be supplied to participants (e.g., sleeping bag, rain gear, flashlight, etc).
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: Periodic Spring
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.