Global Health


The Global Health Minor at CSB and SJU is a 20 credit interdisciplinary program that teaches students to think critically about global health challenges and solutions to global health problems. The program emphasizes the contributions that the social sciences and humanities – such as anthropology, sociology, history, communications and psychology – can make to understanding human experiences of health, illness and healing.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of global health, the minor is intended for students from any major. Regardless of your major, this minor can complement your current field of studies and prepare you for many careers in healthcare, public health, and human services. It is also excellent preparation for many graduate programs.

Requirements for the Global Health Minor

(20 credits)

Foundation Course

(4 credits, required)

  • Global Health, Culture, and Inequality (SOCI/HIST/PCST 277, SW or HE Justice/Truth Focus)
Core Electives

(at least 1 course, 4 credits)

  • The Medical Professional in the Age of Global Health (PCST 368, IC TBD)
  • Medicine, Empire, and Global Health (HIST 305, CSDS)
  • Global Voices: Health and Justice in the Hispanic World (HISP 356, HE, Justice Encounter)
  • Medical Anthropology (SOCI 323, SW)
  • Intercultural Health Communication (COMM 353, Justice Focus)

Two additional electives either from Core Courses or Perspective Courses:

Perspective Courses on Global Health
  • Comparative Health Care Policy (POLS 380C, CS, ES)
  • Health Communication (COMM 352, SW, Truth Encounter)
  • Fat Studies (COMM 361, ES, CS)
  • Global Malnutrition and Disease (NUTR 326, SW, Truth Encounter)
  • Health Psychology (PSYC 343)
  • Public Health Nutrition: Infancy Through Aging (NUTR 323, SW Justice Encounter)
  • Creative Writing: Clinical Encounters I and II (ENGL 206, AE, and ENGL 207 HE, EX)
  • Transnational Anthropology (SOCI 378A, SW, Movement Focus)
  • Missionaries and Empire (HIST 328/THEO 319i, Theological Integrations)
  • Clinical Nursing IV: Implementing Community-Based Nursing Care (NRSG 303, CSDS)
  • Sex, Race, and Medicine (HIST 180, CI)
  • Study abroad courses with health focus (approved by GH advisor)
Targeted Elective

(4 credits)

Students and advisors will work together to find a 4-credit course that connects the student’s geographic, topical, or disciplinary areas of interest to their interests in Global Health. A study abroad course may count as a Targeted Elective. Courses in the Global Health Core and Perspective groups can also count as a Targeted Elective.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning related to global health is strongly recommended in the US or abroad. Students can complete their EXP/internship for credit if helpful to complete their degree, but it is not required.

Additional Requirements
  • At least two courses must be at the upper level (300-level and higher)
  • A maximum of 8 credits from any single department can count towards the GH minor

Fall 2023 Course Offerings


Megan Christofield ’07 returned to CSB and SJU for the 33rd Annual Peace Studies Conference: Partnership Equity in Global Health to present on several dynamic product and process innovations revolutionizing health impact in low- and middle-income countries. She received her undergraduate degree in Peace Studies from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and her Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Megan currently works as a Project Director & Senior Technical Advisor at Jhpiego.

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Ellen Block, Ph.D.
Sociology Department
SJU Simons Hall 118