Students wishing to explore global health with greater flexibility and less depth are encouraged to pursue a minor in global health.

The global health minor is an ideal complement to any other major at Duke.  Students will explore global health challenges and ethics. It provides a solid foundation in global health and offers the flexibility to work well with any major.  It does not include the experiential learning component, but does allow you to learn from our outstanding faculty.

Current global health certificate students choosing not to pursue the major are strongly encouraged to transition to the minor.

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

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.

Teaching Faculty

Gary Bennett

Gary Bennett is Director of Undergraduate Studies in Global Health and Associate Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Medicine and Global Health.

Sumi Ariely

Sumi Ariely is Assistant Professor of the Practice in Global Health and teaches courses in global health research methods and ethics.


David Boyd is Associate Professor of the Practice in Global Health and is an expert in global health, cross-cultural medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine.

Kate Whetten

Kathryn Whetten is Professor of Public Policy, Global Health, Community and Family Medicine, and Nursing.

More than 20 other faculty teach in the global health major. View Faculty

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 psychologists, 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



The global health minor requires:

2 Core Courses

  • Fundamentals
  • Ethics

3 Electives

Cross-listed courses and up to 2 transfer credits are acceptable, but courses taken satisfactory/unsatisfactory and Advanced Placement credits do not count toward the minor. Up to 1 research independent study may also be used as an elective credit with the global health minor.

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Students will be able to declare global health as a co-major starting fall 2013 and faculty advisors will be appointed at that time. Advisors will help students explore the intersection of their co-major with their global health curriculum and provide mentorship in course selection, research opportunities, experiential opportunities, and careers in global health.

Students interested in pursuing global health education are encouraged to arrange an advising appointment to learn more about how the global health major or minor would work for them. For more information, make an appointment.

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Many global health students pursue graduate or professional education in global or public health, medicine, law and business. Global health students will also be prepared for careers at research and policy think tanks, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, multilateral organizations, and academic institutions.

DGHI offers career advising and support for undergraduate students pursuing a career in global health through:

  • Career advising in global health
  • On-campus workshops and skill-building sessions
  • Seminars and career fairs
  • Access to the DGHI alumni network