Global Health Minor

The Global Health Minor (GLBHL), offered by the Department of Biobehavioral Health, is designed to give students exposure to issues affecting the health of various populations in the world. Emphasis is placed on encouraging students to more fully recognize the global interconnectedness of current population health problems and to think critically about how particular global health challenges might best be solved.

The GLBHL minor supports the goals of those who are planning careers in research and teaching or in health services, be it in universities, government agencies, international agencies, non-governmental organizations, or private industry. The minor also provides those who plan advanced specialist health training—in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, allied health (e.g. physical therapy, occupational therapy), or other areas—with a broad appreciation of the most critical global health topics, which will enhance their later education and practice. It is anticipated that completion of the GLBHL minor will prepare students for positions of global leadership and greatly enhance their competence and competitiveness when applying for health-related post-baccalaureate training and careers.

Flexible for a Variety of Interests and Career Goals

The minor is an interdisciplinary program designed to allow Penn State students majoring in any discipline to additionally engage in sustained exploration of critical global health theories, concepts, issues, and interventions.

Field Work Experience

As part of the minor, students complete a field work experience that is designed to give students an opportunity to translate knowledge obtained in the classroom in a practical setting and further nurture their cultural awareness and sensitivity.


The minor is open to any Penn State student who is enrolled at the University Park campus and who has declared a major field of study (students from any department or college in the University are eligible to apply). Students admitted to the GLBHL minor must be willing to plan, fund (fully or partially), and engage in substantial fieldwork experience, either internationally or domestically, for a period of approximately six weeks.

Course Requirements

The minor has an 21 credit requirement with prescribed and supporting courses.

Application Process and Requirements

Global Health is a competitive minor, and not every student who applies will necessarily be admitted. Students will be admitted into the minor at the start of the fall semester of each calendar year and must be at least fifth semester standing at the time of commencing the minor.

Review full details of applying for the Global Health Minor.


For questions about the minor, please follow the appointment procedures to get in touch with the minor director.

Dr. Dana Naughton
Director, Global Health Minor
Department of Biobehavioral Health
127 Biobehavioral Health Building
University Park, PA 16802-6508