Global Health Major

School of Public Health 
Suite 2234
Phone: 301-405-3530

The Global Health major offers rigorous scholarly and applied experiences designed to embolden future leaders to achieve the level of critical thinking, analysis, and application essential to improve worldwide social, environmental, and health outcomes. Specifically, students apply structurally competent, collaborative, multidisciplinary perspectives to the understanding, assessment, and intervention of sustainable strategies necessary to effectively address current and future global health issues within local, national, and global arenas. The Global Health major prepares students for multiple career paths from biomedical to public policy, including scientific and applied research, medicine, and allied health and social service professions in the public, private, and non-profit employment sectors throughout the state, nation, and world.

Admission to the Major

Current UMD students who wish to change to or add the Global Health major should pre-register for an SPH major declaration workshop. Admitted freshmen and transfer students may declare Global Health as a major before their new student orientation.

All students declaring Global Health as their major will complete the world language placement and meet with a Global Health major advisor.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the concepts, theoretical frameworks, and analytical methodologies underlying successful and sustainable global health strategies.
  2. Understand the scientific bases for infectious disease.
  3. Demonstrate beginning and/or intermediate ability in a second language.
  4. Demonstrate competence in the development, recognition, and utilization of big data within global health applications.
  5. Understand the social and cultural complexities inherent in global collaborations.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to establish respectful, trusting relationships with people, communities, and institutions around the globe.
  7. Understand globalization and its social and political foundations, with particular emphasis on effects on health and healthcare among populations in distinct locations.
  8. Apply a multidisciplinary perspective to the appreciation, understanding, assessment, intervention, and sustainability of strategies designed to effectively address global health issues.
  9. Utilize ethical, structurally competent, collaborative approaches to understanding, researching and contributing to community-supported interventions relevant to global health challenges.
  10. Critically analyze the qualitative and quantitative impacts of racism on the prevention, assessment, and treatment of illness around the world.
  11. Develop macro and micro strategies to combat racism and proactively promote health equity.
  12. Reflect upon what it means to be anti-racist.
  13. Demonstrate clear, incisive, verbal and written communication skills within the context of specific cultures, languages, and sociopolitical systems.
  14. Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of electronic and digital media.
  15. Recognize and critically evaluate current theories and practices within the discipline of global health.
  16. Utilize peer-reviewed literature and apply it to research as well as to formulating effective program planning and evaluation strategies.
  17. Apply introductory statistical methodology and big data approaches to solve global health problems.
  18. Create and implement successful, novel approaches to global health issues based upon critical evaluations of historical underpinnings and previous challenges.
  19. Reflect upon and integrate required academic experiential learning into a deeper understanding of professional and personal responsibility.
  20. Understand the interconnected network and the major initiatives and priorities of global health organizations at the local, national and world levels.
  21. Recognize the various roles, responsibilities, and opportunities available throughout the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
  22. Implement a strategy to enhance long-term career development.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Health, students must complete 120 credits, 77-83 of which are specific to the Global Health major. Students must earn a minimum grade of C- or higher in all Global Health major-required coursework.

Additional guidance for choosing a world language and identifying experiential learning opportunities, is available on the program website at

Students will need to have math eligibility of MATH120 or higher to complete the Global Health Supporting Courses.

Course Title Credits
Global Health Supporting Courses (19-25 credits)
NFSC100Elements of Nutrition3
World Language (Various world languages) 16-12
GVPT200International Political Relations3
or GVPT282 The Politics of Global Development
BSCI170Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology3
BSCI171Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory1
BSCI213 (The Public Microbe)3
Global Health Core Courses (40 Credits)
SPHL100Foundations of Public Health3
FMSC110Families and Global Health3
MIEH321Environmental Determinants of Emerging Infectious Diseases3
GBHL200 (Introduction to Global Health)3
EPIB301Epidemiology for Public Health Practice3
EPIB315Biostatistics for Public Health Practice3
ANTH210Introduction to Medical Anthropology and Global Health3
ANTH310Method & Theory in Medical Anthropology and Global Health3
HLSA320 (Comparative Global Health Care Delivery Systems)3
INST420 (Data Applications in Global Health)3
HLTH230Introduction to Health Behavior3
GBHL210 (Careers in Global Health: Understanding the Public, Private, and Non-Profit Sectors)1
GBHL310 (Introduction to Global Health Literacy)3
GBHL497 (The Global Health Experience (Capstone))3
Global Health Experiential Learning (6 Credits)
GBHL248 (Global Health Global Classroom)3
At least one of the following:3
(Global Health Study Abroad)
(Global Health Field Experience)
Global Health Option Courses (12 Credits) 212
Total Credits77-83

At least two courses must be taken in the same language. The minimum number of credits for this requirement is 6, but most languages will require more credits (up to 12). Students may test out of this requirement. Students are encouraged to minor in a language.


Students select from a menu of approved 3 credit Global Health Options courses. At least 2 courses (6 credits) must be at the 300 or 400 level.

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