BA Global Health

Are you passionate about helping people? Do you want to improve lives around the world? Explore human health holistically and develop skills to help others thrive. Learn about vital resources and vulnerable populations as you prepare for a career in public health policy, disaster management or health education.

Program Description

The BA in global health is a transdisciplinary degree that provides students with new skill sets and perspectives to help them understand and solve contemporary public health challenges in diverse cultures while accounting for social, historical, biological and ecological considerations, whether in the poorest nations or the most industrialized.

The curriculum focuses on identifying critical issues, asking the right questions and creating meaningful and effective solutions that top health employers demand, and through transformative hands-on experience students gain personal growth, empathy and insight. Students are required to participate in an approved global health study abroad program, and a variety of destinations and focuses are available.

Many faculty in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change hold titles of national distinction and are recognized experts in hot topics such as water security, obesity, resource management, disease, mental health, and stigma, among others.

Students enrolled in this program may not pursue a concurrent degree with the Bachelor of Arts in anthropology or the BS in anthropology, but they may add a minor in anthropology to complement the core curriculum.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

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Career Outlook

Training in global health provides enormous and varied career opportunities, both national and international, and demand is high and growing for graduates with these skills. The major supports the goals of those pursuing careers in health services, academic and applied research, and teaching. Potential employers include:

  • departments of health
  • government agencies
  • international agencies (World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, Global Health Council, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank)
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • private sector
  • universities

The degree 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, and 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. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

  • Growth: 11.4%
  • Median Salary*: $56,500
  Bright Outlook

Community Health Worker

  • Growth: 15.2%
  • Median Salary*: $42,000
  Bright Outlook

Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Growth: 7.8%
  • Median Salary*: $73,230
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.6%
  • Median Salary*: $74,560
  Bright Outlook

Health and Safety Manager

  • Growth: 3.8%
  • Median Salary*: $76,340

Healthcare Professor

  • Growth: 20.5%
  • Median Salary*: $99,090
  Bright Outlook

Medical and Health Services Manager

  • Growth: 31.5%
  • Median Salary*: $104,280
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 6.2%
  • Median Salary*: $33,200
  Bright Outlook

Public Relations Specialist

  • Growth: 7.2%
  • Median Salary*: $62,810
Green Occupation   Bright Outlook

Social Services Director

  • Growth: 17.0%
  • Median Salary*: $69,600
  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).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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.

Program Contact Information

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