Global Health  (Minor)


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, meaning ways of understanding and addressing disease, health and well-being that can incorporate all cultures, places and time and that can integrate knowledge of health's social, historical, biological and ecological dimensions.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No





Program 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. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. 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 program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Enrollment Requirements

The minor is comprised of 18 credit hours, with a minimum of 12 credit hours being upper-division.

Students must complete the following required courses:

ASB 100/SSH 100 Introduction to Global Health, SB, G (3)
SSH 403 Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health, L or SB, G (6) or other approved global health study abroad (summer session, six credits minimum)

Three upper-division global health core courses (nine credit hours) chosen from:
ASB 300 Food and Culture, L or SB, C (3)
ASB 327 Disaster!, L or SB, C (3)
ASB 355 Traditional Medicine and Healing, HU or SB (3)
ASB 370 Production, People, and Environments, L or SB (3)
ASB 462 Medical Anthropology: Culture and Health, SB, C (3)
ASM 345 Disease and Human Evolution (3)
ASM 401 Health and Human Biology (3-4)
ASM 414 Urban and Environmental Health, SB (3)
SSH 301 Global History of Health, SB, G, H (3)

For additional core course options students may refer to the global health course lists found here: https://shesc.asu.edu/content/scheduling-courses-curricula.

Students in the ASU Online minor complete the same required courses and choose three upper-division global health core courses (nine credit hours) from the list below.

ASB 300 Food and Culture, L or SB, C (3)
ASB 327 Disaster!, L or SB, C (3)
ASB 462 Medical Anthropology: Culture and Health, SB and C (3)
ASM 345 Disease and Human Evolution (3)
ASM 414 Urban and Environmental Health, SB (3)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.





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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