Global Health (Minor)

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The minor in Global Health provides undergraduate students with an understanding of current global health challenges, and an appreciation of interdisciplinary approaches to addressing global health needs. Offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, the Global Health Minor is available to all baccalaureate degree students at North Carolina State University. This minor is especially appropriate for (but not limited to) students majoring in the life sciences,social sciences, engineering and international studies. At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be completed at NC State.

Admission to the Minor

Students who plan to minor in Global Health should contact the contact person listed below for information on how to do so. Students are strongly encouraged to declare the minor early in their studies so they receive information on relevant courses, events, and other opportunities from the Department of Biological Sciences.

Completion of the Minor

All requirements for the minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her major degree program. Students apply to graduate in the minor through MyPack at the same time that they apply to graduate in their major program.

Contact Person

Dennis Kauffman
Bostian Hall 2727
919-515-3341
BioSciHelp@ncsu.edu

Coordinator 

Dr. Julie Casani
Student Health Services
919-513-3290
jpppiero@ncsu.edu

SIS Code: 17GHM

Plan Requirements

The Global Health Minor consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours.

  • A grade of C- or better is required for all minor courses and a 2.0 GPA in the minor is required for graduation.
  • No course used in the minor can be taken for credit only (S/U).
  • Courses taken for the minor can also be used toward major requirements, GEP Electives or Free Electives.
  • At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be completed at NC State.
Required Course
GPH 201Fundamentals of Global Public Health3
GPH 404Epidemiology and Statistics in Global Public Health3
Elective Courses
Group I: Society Aspects of Global Health6
Select two of the following: 1
Food Safety and Public Health
Introduction to International Studies
Theories of Globalization
Global Justice
International Law
Global Environmental Politics
Food and Society
Public Health Nutrition
Sociology of Medicine
Bio-Medical Ethics
Disease and Society
Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Living
Group II: Scientific Aspects of Global Health
Select two of the following: 16
Water Resources: Global Issues in Ecology, Policy, Management, and Advocacy
Water and the Environment
Climate Change and Sustainability
Global Health and Physiology (can use 3 cr out of 6 cr total) 2
The Fourth Horseman: Plagues that Changed the World
Medical Microbiology
Fundamentals of Air Pollution
Total Hours18

Experiential Learning Option

Experiential Learning Option: Global Health Research or Immersion Experience (maximum 3 cr)

You can use up to 3 credits of relevant experiential learing toward the Electives requirement of 12 total. The focus of the research or immersion experience must be in global health and the experience must be approved by the Minor Coordinator (through review of the signed contract or syllabus specific to the course) prior to your beginning the work. Research and immersion experience must address at least one of the core elements of global health: social determinants of health, implementation or evaluation of a global health program, or investigation that impacts global health. Options include BSC 492 Professional Experience, BSC 493 Research Experience, BSC 494 Teaching Experience, BSC 498 Biological Sciences Honors Project Part 2, and 3 credits of GPH 425 Global Health and Physiology ( It is currently a 6 credit course: 3 credits of coursework and 3 credits of experiential learning)

Other Relevant Courses

Other relevant courses, including some capstone and special topics course offerings, can be approved by the Minor Coordinator on a case-by-case basis after review of the syllabus and discussions with the course instructor where necessary. These activities must address at least one of the core elements of global health: social determinants of health, implementation or evaluation of a global health program, or investigation that impacts global health.

Pre-requisite Course Notification

A number of courses in the minor require prerequisite courses. Thus, the minor is not one that is begun in the freshman year, but later on, after foundation courses in science, social science and humanities have been taken. Still, it is best to think about this minor as early as possible in your academic career so that you can incorporate any prerequisites for future minor courses into your existing degree requirements. Allowances for counting a course toward both a major and a minor differ between Colleges at NC State.