Global Health Minor

Features & Highlights


Cross-disciplinary and cross-campus approaches

This minor will appeal to students of many different backgrounds who may be interested in how their interests and training apply to global health. Core courses in the minor prioritize a trans-disciplinary approach to thinking about population health and global health interventions. Students have a very wide array of electives from many different schools and programs to choose from, including courses on both the Bothell and Seattle campuses of the University of Washington.

Balancing local and global perspectives

The global health minor recognizes that health issues, trends, and opportunities occur on a continuum from local to global and are shaped by both local and global inequities. We aim for a balance between issues in our own locality and in international sites, and between perspectives and knowledge from both the global North and South. Students will have opportunities to engage in study and practice related to health issues in their local area as well as in non-US sites.

Community engaged, connected, and global learning

Courses in the minor offer opportunities to participate in community-based and community-engaged learning. Connected international learning opportunities are also offered. Students will be able to receive credit for relevant community-based learning and study abroad courses offered at the University of Washington.

An emphasis on skills

Students will have ample opportunities to develop practical skills that can be applied in: pursuing graduate education in related fields; pursuing internships, volunteer positions, and professional jobs in fields related to global health; and pursuing international experiences and positions either prior to or after graduation. Core courses and electives will use case-based learning, skills and application labs, advocacy-oriented curricula, and opportunities to apply practical knowledge in real-world settings. Finally, students can get credit for language study and taking other skill-development courses as electives.

An upstream approach to health and inequity

The global health minor uses an approach to health that recognizes how social, political, economic, and geographic trends can shape individual and population health. Students will be encouraged to use social justice approaches to better understand and address health and social inequities.

Declare Global Health Minor Form

To declare the Global Health minor, print and complete the form above and submit it to your department advisor.