Quinnipiac nursing students in Nicargua. May 2010.

Minor in Global Public Health

Minor Overview

Public health issues pose some of the greatest challenges of our time—from combating the rising heroin epidemic and modernizing our mental health system to ensuring children are immunized. Our global public health minor is a service-oriented program, created to enrich the education of students who have an interest in the humanities, as well as the arts and sciences. The minor’s interdisciplinary approach allows you to explore a wide selection of subjects such as anthropology, politics, biomedical science and psychology.  

The service-learning requirement offers you the opportunity to assist underserved populations, both in the U.S. and overseas. To satisfy the four-week international component of the service requirement, students have traveled to Barbados, the Dominican Republic, India and Uganda to work with public health organizations that address issues such as HIV and maternal health. You’ll also complete a local community service learning program that will span at least two semesters at organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Special Olympics.

Curriculum and Requirements

Interested students are required to apply for acceptance to the minor. The minor requires a substantial level of commitment from students, so applicants should carefully consider whether they can meet the expectations of course study, community and international learning and a capstone experience.

Application: Students are eligible to apply for the minor beginning first semester (fall) sophomore year. Accepted students will be officially enrolled in the minor the following spring. For application details, interested students should contact the Institute for Global Public Health at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine.

Courses: Students must complete 18 total credits (usually six courses). GPH 201 and GPH 301 are required courses.

Service Learning: There are two distinct service-learning requirements. Students must complete a Quinnipiac-approved four-week international academic experience, typically in a low-income country. With approval, students could complete this requirement by traveling to an under-served area of the United States.  Students also are required to engage in community service learning with a community health organization for at least two semesters. With prior approval, one semester of this requirement can be integrated into a Quinnipiac service learning course.