Population health in a global context minor


The population health in a global context minor expands the undergraduate content area to provide opportunities for students to more fully explore global health through a variety of courses and a required field experience. The purpose of this minor is to provide students the opportunity to examine health care processes and systems at the global level.


  1. Understand the global burden of disease

  2. Describe the health implications of migration, travel, and displacement

  3. Explain the social and environmental determinants of health

  4. Analyze how globalization is affecting disease patterns and the availability of health care workers globally

  5. Articulate the impact of low resources on access to and provision of health care

  6. Describe the relationship between human rights and health

Credits required

15 credits focused on global health. Field experience that results in U-M credit can be included in the 15-credit allotment. Students may also choose a non-credit co-curricular for their field experience, such as an internship, in which case they would need to earn the 15 credits through coursework. 

Criteria for approval of global field placement

Field experience can be completed in the U.S. or abroad, domestic field placements must be in a community that differs substantially from the student's own (by ethnicity, dominant language, socioeconomic status, etc.) Likewise, international students may not fulfill the requirement in their home countries.

Field experience options include:

  • Nursing or other U-M study abroad program

  • Work, internship, or volunteer program for which U-M credit is awarded

  • Research on a U-M faculty-led project

  • Approved non-U-M study abroad, research, work, internship, or volunteer program (for approval, students must submit a proposal to a faculty committee)

Prerequisites, corequisites, required cognates if applicable:

  • Good academic standing based on an earned U-M GPA (minimum 2.0)

  • First-year students should wait until their second semester to declare

  • Transfer students are eligible to declare during their first semester at U-M

Interested students should contact an academic advisor.