Graduate Minor in Global Public Health

The Global Public Health minor is a graduate minor that trains students as global citizens to address global public health challenges, both locally and abroad, and to work in interdisciplinary teams to achieve these goals.

Who Can Apply?

The Global Health minor is available to students enrolled in any master’s and doctoral program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus.

Declaring a Minor

The process to declare a minor is based on specific criteria.
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The minor is 7 credits for master’s students and 12 credits for doctoral students. A large portion of the minor can be completed online.

Required Courses

Course Credits/Term/Method Global Health Competencies
PubH 6131, Working in Global Health 2 cr, spring, onsite
  • DOMAIN 1: Capacity Strengthening
  • DOMAIN 2: Collaborating and Partnering
  • DOMAIN 5: Program Management
PubH 6108 Foundations of Global Health


PubH 6134 Effects of Globalization on Social/sustainable Development

2 cr, fall, online


2 cr, spring, onsite

  • DOMAIN 1: Capacity Strengthening
  • DOMAIN 3: Ethical Reasoning and Professional Practice
  • DOMAIN 4: Health Equity and Social Justice
  • DOMAIN 6: Socio-cultural and Political Awareness
  • DOMAIN 7: Strategic Analysis
PubH 6231 Global Health Capstone 1 cr, fall, spring Online

ALL DOMAINS of the global health competencies are reviewed in the global health capstone course with a focus on leadership and professional development.  Students identify gaps and strengths in their skills and competencies through the development of a professional portfolio.

Elective Courses

Elective courses options (2 cr required):
Masters level students must complete a minimum of 2 elective credits and doctoral students must complete 7 elective credits. Below is an approved list, but other global health related courses may be considered. Please consult with the Global Health certificate program staff about seeking elective approval.

  • PUBH 6132 – Air, Water, and Health (2 cr)
  • PUBH 6385 – Epidemiology and Control of Infectious Diseases (2 cr)
  • PUBH 6365 – Global Challenges in Infectious Disease Epidemiology (2 cr)
  • PUBH 6906 – Global Nutrition (2 cr)
  • PUBH 6010 Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS (3cr)
  • PUBH 6815 Community-based Participatory Research (2 cr)
  • PUBH 6713 Global Health in a Local Context: An experiential course on the social determinants, health equity, and leading change in Minnesota (3 cr)
  • PA 5451 – Immigration, Health and Public Policy (3-4 cr)
  • GCC 5003 Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues (3 cr)

There are also a number of 1 credit classes offered during the Public Health Institute every year that may be appropriate. Topics change annually. Please consult with the Program Director and the Program Coordinator about approval.

Learning Objectives

Consistent with the Global Health Inter-professional Development Competencies, the learning goals of the minor in GPH are as follows:

  • Share knowledge, skills and resources for enhancement of global public health programs, infrastructure, and workforce.
  • Work with a diverse range of global health stakeholders to advance research, policy, and practice goals, and effective communication.
  • Assess ethical issues in diverse economics, political, and cultural context and accountability policy decisions upon public health practice.
  • Analyze strategies to address health disparities across socially, demographically, or geographically defined populations.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate global health programs to maximize effective policy and practice, and improved and sustainable health outcomes.
  • Work effectively within diverse cultural settings and across local, regional, national, and international political landscapes.
  • Analyze a diverse range of complex and interrelated factors shaping health trends to formulate programs at the local, national, and international levels.

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