Global Health Studies Minor

GHS minor student during her Fulbright to India

A Global Health Studies minor alum during her Fulbright Research Award to India

The minor in global health studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h. of approved coursework, including 12 s.h. in courses numbered 3000 or above taken at the University of Iowa.  A maximum of 6 s.h. of coursework used to satisfy another major, minor or certificate may be applied toward the minor.  A maximum of 3 s.h. of GHS:4990 Independent Project in GH may be used in the GHS minor.

Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Students may earn either the certificate or the minor in global health studies, but not both.  Undergraduates who earn the minor in global health studies may not earn the major in global health studies.

The minor is interdisciplinary, designed for undergraduates who wish to study the complex factors influencing health and disease locally and around the world. Students are advised to choose courses from at least two different disciplines. Students are strongly encouraged to include at least one of the courses required for the Certificate in Global Health Studies in their plan of study for the minor. The program highly recommends that students complete a period of study abroad focused on global health issues.

Students may petition to take courses not on the approved list, providing these courses can be shown to include substantial material related to global health. To petition for a course to be included in the minor, students should submit an online course petition form, and email a syllabus for the course to