B.A. in Global Health

The B.A. in global health is an interdisciplinary degree designed for students who seek a broad and flexible set of skills for understanding contemporary health challenges and thinking about how they might best be solved.

"Global" is understood in the anthropological sense, meaning ways of understanding and addressing disease, health and well-being that can incorporate all cultures, places and time, and that can integrate knowledge of health's social, historical, biological and ecological dimensions.

The undergraduate curriculum emphasizes the development of core skills in teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving and the importance of direct experience (research, study abroad, service learning and advocacy). The degree program cultivates capacities to deal with any complex problem with social components: how to identify the critical issues, ask the right questions and work with others to create solutions that are meaningful and effective.

The unique nature of our program, firmly grounded in teaching cutting-edge social and life science skills, means our graduates have a unique set of skills to offer as they move on their chosen career paths.

Our graduates have a tangible optimism about the impact they can have in the world, and a solid skill set to make a real difference in innovative and creative ways. Students who wish to take their global health degree to the next level may consider applying to our accelerated B.A./M.A. in global health program their junior year.

For career information in global health and other information about the major and study abroad requirement, please see our FAQs.

Note: This degree is one of the only pre-medical degrees that does not charge a program fee in addition to your tuition. However, students are required to participate in an approved global health study abroad program to fulfill partial degree requirements.


B.A. in Global Health Curriculum

  • 36 credit hours
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours must be upper division (300 or 400 level), and 12 of the 18 credits must be taken on the Tempe campus.

Core Course Requirements:
SSH/ASB 100 Intro to Global Health (3 credits)
1 Epidemiology or Statistics course (3 credits)
1 Time Depth course (3 upper-division credits)
1 Poverty and Social Justice course (3 upper-division credits)
1 Culture, Society and Health course (3 upper-division credits)
1 Practicum course (3 upper-division credits)
Capstone seminar (3 upper-division credits)

Study Abroad Requirement:
Students must attend one of the following School of Human Evolution and Social Change study abroad programs for a minimum of 6 credits. Please note the importance of planning and financing your program. Please read our FAQs for more information on the Study Abroad Requirement.

  • New Zealand and Fiji: Adventures in Culture, Health and the Environment
  • Australia and Fiji: Dimensions of Sustainability and Health
  • London, the World in One City: Adventures in History, Health and Culture
  • China, the Roaring Dragon: Health, Environment and Social Change
  • Guatemala Field School: Community Health and Medical Anthropology
  • India: Global Internship in AIDS Prevention Education

Global Health Electives:
3 courses (9 credits) related to global health. Please see the global health academic advisor for approved courses. Note: BIO 181, BIO 182, CHM 113 and CHM 116 will not count as global health electives.


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