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

Global Health Policy and Diplomacy - Winter 2021

Course focuses on fundamental principles and consequences of global health policy and diplomacy, including governance structure, functions, analysis, advocacy, and outcomes.

Community Analysis for Global Health - Winter 2021

Course focuses on health justice and community health where students learn how to be effective agents of global health equity.

Community Health Sciences 48: Nutrition and Food Studies: Principles and Practice - Fall 2020

Overview of nutritional sciences and public health nutrition. Examination of basic science concepts of nutrition and application of them to student lives and real-world issues.

Global Mental Health - Winter 2020

Global Mental Health (GMH) is a field of research, practice, and advocacy prioritizing mental health for all persons and communities worldwide. 

Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Winter 2020

Examines health and disease in contemporary American culture/society with definitions, models, and practices of what has come to be known as "orthodox" or "conventional" medicine. 

Global Health Ethics - Winter 2020

This course covers issues of scientific integrity and satisfies the requirements for training in public health ethics.

Global Population, Health and Environment - Spring 2020

Students critically examine multi-scale processes involving human, animal, and ecosystem health.

Women's Health, Gender and Empowerment - Spring 2020 

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.

Feeding the World: Influences on the Global Food Supply - Spring 2020

Scientific principles and dynamic interactions involved in food production, food processing, nutrition, and agribusiness. 

Global Poverty and Inequality - Spring 2020

Students will consider and discuss poverty and inequality from multiple perspectives, examining case studies, broad trends, and empirical evidence.

Global Health 150: Migration and Health - Spring 2020

Exploration of social determinants of health affecting migrating populations, including gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, poverty, religion, politics, governance, and environment. 

Case Studies in Public Health Practice - Spring 2020

Presents case studies in various themes of public health practice to demonstrate how the principles of public health were established and continue to evolve.

Principles of Public Health - Spring 2020

Introduces the major concepts and principles of public health and the determinants of health status in communities.

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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Course trailers

Introduction to Global Health

Ethics in Global Health