Frequently Asked Questions

The global health minor is 20 credits. Students from many different disciplines can work with a global health advisor to find a pathway that works for them.

Anyone. The faculty who developed this minor are committed to making this opportunity accessible to as many students as possible. Regardless of your major, from Biology to Communications, 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.

There are many ways you can enrich your global health studies with hands-on learning. Students can participate in service learning as a part of some semester-long and embedded study abroad programs, can do summer internships through the Summer Leadership Fellowships, can participate in the Global Health Affairs club or other clubs on campus that often look at health equity issues like Square One and ETL. Work with your global health advisor to discuss which of these opportunities might be a good fit for you.

The Global Health minor is designed to be extremely flexible, and works with any major or pre-professional track. There is only one required course, and all of our classes fulfill Integrations Curriculum requirements. Reach out to a Global Health advisor for a personalized four-year plan!

Yes! The global health minor does not require a background in science. Because the minor is focused on social scientific and humanitistic approaches to health, anyone can complete the minor.

To apply for your targeted elective, please discuss your plan with your Global Health advisor. Then, you can submit the Major/Minor Substitution Form. Be sure to select Global Health for your Minor, then put “Targeted Elective” in the “Other Requirement” box. You do not need to fill in the first three boxes. See the screenshot below.


Students and alumni speak on a panel at the 33rd Annual Peace Studies Conference: Partnership Equity in Global Health. Panelists shared how working with various community health organizations have shaped their views on the importance of partnership equity in today’s world. 

College of Saint Benedict
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Ellen Block, Ph.D.
Sociology Department
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