Online Global Health Courses

UCGHI and its faculty partners offer a suite of online global health courses open to all University of California students. The courses aim to connect UC students interested in global health, teach them fundamental concepts and complex issues of global health, and inspire them to explore and contribute to this growing discipline.

Course catalog

Climate Change and Disaster Management

Examines the social, economic, environmental and health impacts of anthropogenic climate change through the lens of multiple disciplines, including public health, anthropology, and emergency management and preparedness.

Ethics in Global Health

Introduces ethical issues in global health in both developed and developing countries, including the history of ethics, the development of ethical codes of conduct, and training in the responsible conduct of student research.

Global Mental Health

Introduces global mental health as an interdisciplinary field recognizing mental, neurological, or substance use disorders as the leading causes of disability worldwide and works to counteract social stigma and discrimination commonly associated with such conditions.

Global Population, Health and Environment 

Using a planetary health framework, this course examines concepts of demography, health, and environmental change from around the world. Engaging in current issues on the effects that our populations have on local and global environments, and the effects that our environments have on human and animal populations fosters cross-cultural and multidisciplinary problem solving. 

Introduction to Global Health

Provides a foundational understanding of the global burden of disease and disability, including the major causes of morbidity and mortality and the risk factors that contribute to health disparities across different populations.

Migration and Health

Provides an introduction to the history, current status, and future of migration and health using the social determinants of health model to foster a multidisciplinary analysis of migrant health disparities.

Nutrition and Global Health

Explores nutritional risk factors associated with the development of chronic diseases and the role of nutritional medicine in prevention including food safety, communicable diseases, supplements, and regulatory issues.

Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment 

Provides core knowledge and skills from several disciplines on how to improve women's health and well-being globally through an exploration of the interconnected factors that influence women’s health and empowerment.

Foundations of Epidemiology (In development)

Explores emerging infectious disease concerns - i.e. Zika and Ebola - and growing numbers of chronic health conditions - i.e. cancer and diabetes - through the lens of population health problem solving. Methodologies in study design and measurements are applied to real-life problems. 

Poverty and Development (In development)

Explores concepts of poverty and human development and considers critically the strategies used by the global North to reduce global inequities, with particular reference to health.


Enrolled students may register for UCGHI undergraduate courses and earn credit from their home campus through the UC Cross-Campus Enrollment portal. If your campus hosts the course, you may enroll through your campus registrar.

UCGHI's online courses are developed by interdisciplinary, multi-campus teams of faculty and supported by the UC Office of the President's Innovative Learning Technology Initiative (ILTI).

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Introduction to Global Health

Ethics in Global Health