Online Global Health Courses

UCGHI and its faculty partners are creating a suite of online global health courses open to all University of California undergraduate 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.

Courses offered in Fall 2017

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.

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.

Available Winter 2018

Population Geography, Health, and the Environment

Examines the major concepts of demography; key geographical and historical processes of population change; and the socio-economic, political, and environmental causes and consequences of population dynamics.

Available Spring 2018

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.

Poverty and 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.

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.


Enrolled undergraduates may register for UCGHI 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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