No one ever said changing the world is easy. The global health major at Duke is intellectually rigorous and demanding, but it will prepare you to be a real-life problem-solver.

Global change requires passion, hard work and forging a new path. Combine the global health major with any other major at Duke to create your one-of-a-kind education experience.

LEARN from and work alongside some of the best faculty at Duke. Be inspired by their passion for global health and for teaching students to solve problems.

EXPAND your classroom learning through experiential learning that puts you at the center of the challenge.

By pairing the global health major with another major, you will CARVE A NICHE in your career path and stand out in graduate studies and job searches.

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“I saw global health as a way of bridging all the other disciplines I was interested in—like biology, anthropology and sociology. You don’t have to choose just one; you can bring them together and apply them to do something tangible for a community.” Lily Zerihun, 2016 grad, Biology and Global Health major

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The faculty of the Duke Global Health Institute are among the best and most creative at Duke.

Teaching Faculty

Our faculty are committed to teaching, mentoring and helping students find their own path in global health. They are experts in their respective disciplines such as public policy, medicine, environment, engineering, psychiatry, anthropology and more, and provide a strong multidisciplinary educational experience. More than 20 faculty teach in the global health major.


One of the most exciting things about the faculty at the Duke Global Health Institute is that we represent a wide range of disciplinary perspectives. We have psychologist, sociologists, demographers, physicians -- We have a wide variety of individuals on our faculty. And so one of the exciting things for students in the major is that they'll have the opportunity to work with us, and work with us very closely. - Gary Bennett



An A.B. in global health is offered only as a co-major and must be paired with another major at Duke. Students must complete 10 courses, 1 statistics course, and an experiential learning requirement.

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3 Core Courses

  • Fundamentals: GLHLTH 101
  • Ethics: PUBPOL 330/GLHLTH 210, GLHLTH 373S, GLHLTH 341, PHIL 281/GLHLTH 241, GLHLTH 345
  • Research Methods: GLHLTH 371

3 Foundation Courses

(Select one course from three of the four categories. See the Major Worksheet for course options.)
  • Arts & Humanities in Global Health
  • Global Health Systems and Policy
  • Natural Science in Global Health
  • Social Sciences in Global Health

3 Elective Courses

  • Select from a list of preapproved courses. See the Major Worksheet for course options.

Any course with a GLHLTH prefix or is cross-listed with global health will count as elective credit. Students may not double count courses within the global health major. To petition a course not listed on the Major Worksheet for elective credit, please complete the request here.

1 Experiential Learning Activity

Experiential learning opportunities must address a global health challenge and require completion of a global health ethics course. Please see below for more details.

1 Senior Seminar

Apply the analytical tools from your coursework to a real global health problem. - GLHLTH 499 Global Health Capstone

1 Statistics Course

The statistics requirement must be a course listed or cross-listed in the Department of Statistical Science or via a statistics course in a student's co-major.


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Experiential Learning

Leverage your classroom learning and apply your skills to make a difference in the world.

Gain hands-on experience and a greater understanding of the causes and solutions to health challenges. Experience and understand the difficulties and opportunities in implementing health interventions. Engage with communities and colleagues and make a difference in your own way - no matter how large or small.

When planning your experiential learning, be sure it fulfills the global health major requirements:

  • 8-weeks fulltime or 320-hours and completed prior to the spring semester of senior year
  • Project must be started after declaring the global health major
  • Project must be started after completing a global health ethics course
  • All projects must address a global health question, context or challenge
  • Some project opportunities are pre-approved, like the SRT Program 
  • If the project is not pre-approved, use the experiential learning pre-approval form to seek approval by April 1st

All students must complete the global health ethics course requirement and attend a series of pre-experience workshops in advance of conducting experiential learning.

Following your time in the field, complete your experiential learning report and participate in workshops to process and relate the experience to your coursework and share it with your peers.

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