Global Health Minor


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.



The Minor is open to all Villanova University undergraduate students in their sophomore, junior and senior years and is meant to expose students to a basic understanding of global health issues drawing upon the expertise that the 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, 

  1. Complete the Global Health Minor Application.
  2. Submit application via e-mail to the Director of the Center for Global and Public Health, Dr. Catherine Curley, at , and she will meet with each applicant to discuss course progression.

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. 


Minor Requirements

The minor consists of 15 credits which includes required and 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)

NUR 7084

Principles of Epidemiology (Offered Spring Semesters)

NUR 7088

Human Trafficking (Offered Spring Semesters)

NUR 7091

Global Perspectives for Climate Change and Health (Offered Spring Semesters, asynchronous on-line)

Elective Courses: 2 courses (3 credits each)

Elective courses come from a range of disciplines across the University.  Students may choose any 2 courses from the Approved List. The 2 courses may not come from the same department. Students are encouraged to tailor the elective courses toward their professional interests and goals.

Catherine Curley, PhD, RN
Director of the Center for Global and Public Health
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing