Undergraduate Programs

Your global health vision starts here

If you’re a Duke undergraduate, studying global health can provide a multidisciplinary lens on the complex challenges of our interconnected world. Along with the knowledge gained through global health coursework, you’ll have opportunities to participate in research, service and field experiences.

We offer a global health co-major, which is paired with another major, and a global health minor, as well as an accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program. All three programs emphasize the ethically informed study of health disparities experienced by people around the world. You’ll learn to study social determinants of health and the complex relationship between health and environmental, social and cultural factors. Students explore these relationships as through coursework, study abroad programs, fieldwork experiences and interactions within the global health community. 

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 BS’16 Biology and Global Health


Global Health Co-Major

  • Fundamentals of Global Health
  • Ethics
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • 3 Foundation Courses
  • 3 Electives
  • Experiential Learning Activity
  • Global Health Capstone

Global Health Minor

  • Fundamentals of Global Health
  • Ethics
  • 3 Electives

Plan Your Coursework

A guide to mapping out courses to meet your global health requirements


Meet our world-class teachers and mentors

Enhancing Your Degree

Explore opportunities for study away, independent study and graduation with distinction

Accelerated MS-GH Program

For select, highly qualified Duke undergraduates, an accelerated program is available. Students apply during their junior year and begin graduate coursework during their senior year, enabling them to earn an M.S. in Global Health with only one additional year of study. A field-based research project is completed during the summer after completing the undergraduate degree. To explore this option, contact a global health advisor no later than the fall semester of your junior year; earlier planning is encouraged.

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Experiential Learning and Field-Based Research

As a global health major, you will complete an experiential learning requirement before spring semester of your senior year. Experiential learning allows you to apply skills learned in the classroom through hands-on experience. You will gain an understanding of the opportunities and difficulties inherent in implementing health interventions and engage with communities and colleagues.

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Take the Next Step

Ready to add global health to your studies? Take a look at the registration guide for the next term. Your advisor can also help you understand curriculum options. 


The DGHI advising team is here to help. Your advisor is assigned based on the first letter of your last name. You can contact them directly or use the online booking calendar to make an appointment.



You may also schedule appointments with Laura Bey (laura.bey@duke.edu) to complement conversations with your assigned advisor.

Laura Bey

Laura Bey

Senior Associate Director for Academic & Student Affairs