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Minor in Global Health

Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health

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The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offers a PhD minor in Global Health that provides students with a foundation in the identification and control of environmental hazards that can adversely affect human health and environmental quality.

People who possess these specialized skills are in high demand due to the ever-growing focus on how the natural and built environments impact population health.

The doctoral minor in Global Health is comprised of a minimum of 12 credits and serves as a useful complement to many major areas of study. You will learn both theoretical concepts of environmental public health and how to apply these concepts in assessing environmental health risks, collecting and analyzing data, and developing policy.

Because you can choose three of the courses from a list of options, you can easily customize this minor to your unique interests and needs. This minor is ideal for students from many schools, including the IU schools of Nursing, Medicine, Science, Business, and Public and Environmental Affairs.

Students who wish to obtain a doctoral minor from the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health must earn a grade of “B” or better in the coursework for the minor. Courses in which a grade of “B-” or lower is earned will not apply toward completion of the minor. Faculty in the department of Global Health will serve as advisors for students choosing this minor.


Required Course

  • A661 Fundamentals of Toxicology (3 credits)
  • A662 Human Health Risk Assessment (3 credits)
  • A623 Management and Leadership in Health Protection (3 credits)

Plus one course from the following list:

  • A609 Air Pollution and Health (3 credits)
  • A614 Water Quality Management (3 credits)
  • A617 Environmental Epidemiology (3 credits)
  • A628 Public Health Sanitation (3 credits)
  • A633 Occupational Health & Safety (3 credits)
  • A640 Public Health Applications of GIS (3 credits)
  • A675 Regulatory Affairs for Product Stewardship (3 credits)
  • A676 Product Stewardship Strategy and Management (3 credits)
  • A677 Product Hazards, Exposures, and Risk Assessment (3 credits)
  • A678 Product Improvement and Sustainability (3 credits)
  • A680 Fundamentals of Product Stewardship (3 credits)

Other courses may be taken if approved by the student’s minor advisor. Students who have already completed any of the required courses as part of their MPH or PhD requirements may not apply those courses toward their minor in Global Health and must instead work with their faculty advisor to identify alternate GH courses.

The student’s minor advisor will monitor satisfactory completion of the requirements for the doctoral minor in Global Health. Doctoral students must notify the Fairbanks School of Public Health before beginning their course of study for the minor.

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