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Global Health Minor (GLBHL)

University Park, College of Health and Human Development (GLBHL)
Contact: Dr. Dana Naughton, Director,

The Global Health Minor (GLBHL) is designed to provide undergraduate students with a multidisciplinary exposure to the theoretical and practical issues affecting the health of populations in various countries and regions of the world. This minor is appropriate for students whose career goals incorporate public health interventions, education, policy or research related to global health. Course work and supervised field work will draw on the diversity and abundance of the Penn State faculty's international resources and networks.

Students desiring to enter the minor must submit an application to the Director. Applications to the Global Health Minor:

  • must have declared a major field of study
  • must include with the application a proposed plan of study. This plan should include the student's contact information and GPA, a brief statement about the relationship of this minor to the student's major plan of study and career goals, a list of proposed supporting courses, and a proposed supervised fieldwork experience. The student's application to the minor must be signed by the student's academic/faculty adviser.
  • previously completed course work and/or supervised fieldwork experience may be retroactively included in the plan of study if approved by the Director of the minor.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1 - 2)


BBH 101 GHA(3), BBH 305 IL(3), BBH 390A(3), BBH 390B(6), and BBH/HPA 440 US;IL(3) (Sem: 4-6)

STAT 200 GQ(4) or STAT 250 GQ(3)

Select 6 credits from the list of approved supporting courses in consultation with the Global Health Director, with at least 3 credits at the 400 level. Other courses (e.g. special topics courses, independent study) that are not on the list of approved supporting courses may also be used to meet the credit requirements for the GLBHL minor. However, all course substitutions require approval of the Director. (Sem 5-8)

An approved, supervised fieldwork experience dealing with a global health issue is a requirement of this minor (BBH 390B). BBH 390A must be taken prior to this field experience. Global health field sites may be international or domestic, but must be approved by the Director. (Sem: 6)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-03-041

Review Date: 11/17/2015



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