Global Health (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

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Are you passionate about helping people? Improving health conditions for all people requires passion and understanding. Enhance your major with a holistic examination of human health. Learn innovative and practical skills grounded in anthropology, and prepare to help solve today's global health challenges.

Program Description

The minor in global health is a transdisciplinary program designed for students who seek a broad and flexible set of skills for understanding contemporary health challenges and thinking about how they might best be solved.

Global health is understood in the anthropological sense, that is, ways of understanding and addressing disease, health and well-being that can incorporate all cultures, places and times, and integrate the knowledge of health's social, historical, biological and ecological dimensions.

Program Requirements

The minor in global health is comprised of 18 credit hours, at least 12 of which must be upper division. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a scale of 4.00) is required for courses used toward the minor. This minor is also available in an online format to complement the studies of ASU Online students.
Required Core Course -- 3 credit hours
Upper-Division Core Electives (choose three) -- 9 credit hours
Study Abroad Experience -- 6 credit hours
SSH 403: Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health ((L or SB) & G) or students choose another approved global health study abroad experience (summer session, six credits minimum) (3)
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in global health

Other Enrollment Requirements:

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major or the minor program. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor.

Career Outlook

Nationally and internationally, the health field provides enormous and varied career opportunities, and demand is high and growing for graduates with specific skills. The minor supports the goals of those pursuing careers in academic research, teaching and health services. The program also provides a broad intellectual base for those who plan advanced specialist health training in fields such as:

  • dentistry
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • pharmacy

In Arizona and elsewhere, there is a pressing need for professionals with appropriate skills to work in cross-cultural settings or with underserved populations, such as migrants, minorities and those living in poverty; many of these jobs are directly or indirectly related to health.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Anthropologists and Archeologists

  • Growth: 4.2%
  • Median Salary*: 63940

Health Education Specialists

  • Growth: 7.2%
  • Median Salary*: 59990
  Bright Outlook

Climate Change Policy Analysts

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: 76480
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 113940
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 26.7%
  • Median Salary*: 78520
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 5.2%
  • Median Salary*: 61190
  Bright Outlook

Intelligence Analysts

  • Growth: 1.5%
  • Median Salary*: 86280

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

  • Growth: 5.3%
  • Median Salary*: 54620
  Bright Outlook

Dietitians and Nutritionists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 66450
  Bright Outlook

Registered Nurses

  • Growth: 5.6%
  • Median Salary*: 81220
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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