Global Health Minor

Chairperson: Catherine R. Curley, Ph.D., R.N.
Office Location: 388 Driscoll Hall
Telephone: (610) 519-5969


Global Health is influenced and determined by factors as diverse as gender, race, ethnicity, political priorities, social determinants of health, climate, geography, accessibility and acceptability of care and cultural and religious traditions. The Global Health Minor educates students about these factors and the inter-disciplinary response to addressing global health challenges.

The Global Health Minor is congruent with the Mission and strategic plan of the University and the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing’s goals to emphasize a curriculum with a global perspective and respect for differences among peoples and cultures and to educate individuals for service to a diverse society including all sectors and strata of the population.

MINOR (15 credits)

The Minor is open to all undergraduate students and is meant to expose students to a basic understanding of global health issues drawing upon the expertise that Villanova University has to offer. All students who want to participate in the Global Health Minor must meet with their Academic Advisors to discuss their course of study to assure the student is able to meet all requirements.  Once you and your Academic Advisor have agreed you are able to meet all requirements of the Minor, please fill out the Global Health Minor Application and submit it to the Director of the Center for Global and Public Health. No more than one elective transferred from another University can be applied toward the Global Health Minor. Transfer credits from a study abroad semester while a student was enrolled at Villanova University will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

Course Requirements for Global Health Minor (5 Courses)

The minor consists of 15 credits which includes three (3) required and two (2) elective classes.  There are no specific prerequisites other than those specified for some of the elective courses.

REQUIRED: Select three (3) of the following courses to meet the minor requirements. Each course is 3 credits. 

NUR 7070 Nutrition and Global Health (Offered Fall semesters) 3 credits

NUR 7084 Principles of Epidemiology (Offered Spring semesters) 3 credits

NUR 7088 Human Trafficking (Offered Spring semesters) 3 credits

NUR 7090 Planetary Health for Global Populations (Offered every Fall and Spring semesters) 3 credits

NUR 7091 Global Perspectives for Climate Change and Health (Offered Spring semesters, asynchronous on-line) 3 credits

Sub-Total Credits

Plus two (2) electives from a range of disciplines.  A list of approved electives may be found on the Global Health Minor website.

Total Credits:


The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Summer 2024 and beyond. Please consult the appropriate archived catalog available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog. 





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