Minor in Global Health

Discover the Global Health minor

From the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, to the places we live and work, the environment impacts human health. Through the Global Health minor you will uncover surprising connections between the environment and human health. You will discover how sustainable development, climate change and environmental justice apply to your major!

This minor is ideal for students pursuing a degree in:

  • Community Health 
  • Pre-Medicine 
  • Pre-Nursing 
  • Business 
  • Pre-Law 
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics 
  • Engineering 
  • Anthropology 
  • Sociology 
  • Political Science 
  • Communications 
  • Health Science 
  • Earth Science 
  • Forensic Science 
  • Geography 
  • Or anyone interested! 

Eligibility and application procedure

  1. Students enrolled in baccalaureate programs at Indiana University or other accredited colleges or universities who are in good academic standing may pursue the minor in global health. 
  2. Public health students majoring in global health are not eligible for this minor. 
  3. Students must declare their intention to receive a minor by completing an application, which is available online or at the Fairbanks School of Public Health Student Success. Students may also contact the undergraduate academic advisor at 317-278-0753 for the application or if they have questions. This application should be completed at the same time the student completes an application for graduation for the baccalaureate degree. 
  4. Students who successfully complete the requirements for the Global Health minor with a grade of “C” or better for all courses credited to the minor will have the minor conferred with their degree. 

NOTE: Some courses listed below are not offered every semester – students should check with their undergraduate academic advisor to determine scheduling of specific courses. Students should discuss their elective course selection with a global health faculty member. Course substitutions and course waivers must be approved by the faculty advisor.

Minor requirements (5 courses, 15 credit hours)

Students must take one of the following courses (3 credits):

  • PBHL-P 109 Introduction to Public Health
  • PBHL-A 115 What's in your Back Yard? Environment and Health
  • PBHL-A 120 Culture, Health and Happiness
  • PBHL-A 140 Preparing for Disasters
  • PBHL-A 215 Storytelling with Data

Students must take the following three courses (9 credits):

  • PBHL-A 316 Environmental Health Science
  • PBHL-A 435 Energy, Climate Change, Resilience, and Health
  • PBHL-A 445 Global Environmental Health and Sustainable Development

Students may choose one of the following courses (3 credits):

  • SPEA-V 310 Environmental Justice
  • PBHL-A 320 Prevention Strategies to Improve Population Health
  • PBHL-A 415 Explosions, Collapses, and Toxic Spills: Prevention and Response
  • PBHL-A 420 Armed Conflict, Natural Disasters, and Health
  • PBHL-A 428 Public Health Sanitation
  • PBHL-A 441 Public Health Applications of Geographic Information Systems
  • PBHL-A 450 Food and Water: Safety, Scarcity, Security
  • PBHL-A 455 Study Abroad

Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and all courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.