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Global Health Minor
Migration and Health
Health Equity and Civil Rights Course


UCLA Global Health Minor, Michael A. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, Chair

The minor in Global Health allows students to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of health issues in a global context. Through a broad inventory of courses, the minor in Global Health provides a solid foundation in, and familiarity with, social determinants of health, epidemiology, environmental health, nutrition, data collection, and evaluation methods.

Students undertaking the Global Health Minor explore the institutional, economic, logistic, legal, social and artistic challenges facing global health solutions, investigate the health implications of globalization, as well as address issues of social justice and development, which are crucial to understanding the determinants of health issues around the world.

Through completing the Global Health Minor, students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental issues that affect health equity and healthcare around the world;
  • Use specific discipline-based methodologies (from engineering, political science, public health, etc.) to examine issues of health inequity and perceptions of health;
  • Understand how cultural, social and environmental factors and issues of health equity influence the patterns of disease among people and populations, with emphasis on health in low-resource settings for local, regional or international contexts;
  • Enhance their ability to be culturally sensitive, curious, understanding of other cultures and cross-culturally competent.

Faculty associated with the Global Health Minor come from across UCLA from such areas as the College of Letters and Science, the School of Arts and Architecture, the David Geffen School of Medicine, and the Fielding School of Public Health, allowing for a truly multidisciplinary minor. With courses from over forty departments, the minor spans the breadth of the global health field.


Faculty Administrative Committee, 2016-17

Michael A. Rodriguez, Chair, Global Health
David H. Gere, PhD (World Arts and Cultures/Dance)
Michael F. Lofchie, PhD (Political Science)
Ninez A. Ponce, MPP, PhD (Health Policy and Management)
Michael A. Rodriguez, MD, MPH (Family Medicine)


Academic Counseling

Magda Yamamoto, Academic Counselor
UCLA International Institute Academic Programs
Office of Academic Advising
10373 Bunche Hall, Mail Code 148703
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1487
Tel: 310-206-6571

Students: Please include your UID# in all correspondence.

Academic Counseling drop in hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00am-11:30am and 1:30pm-4:00pm in 10373 Bunche (10th floor)


Program Requirements and Courses

Worksheet: Global Health Minor

Global Health Minor Course Descriptions


Declaring the Global Health Minor

Students can declare the Global Health minor if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • All preparation courses have been completed and final grades have been posted in the DARS
  • The preparation courses must meet a minimum of 2.0 GPA
  • Student is in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA)

Students who meet these criteria can declare the Global Health minor by submitting the online petition. Please allow two weeks for your records to be updated.

Note that at least 20 units of the Global Health minor, both lower and upper division, have to be unique to the minor and cannot overlap with the major or another minor.


Migration and Health


With an estimated one billion international and internal migrants globally, a wide range of populations including workers, refugees, students, undocumented immigrants and others, experience a variety of health needs. As such, addressing the health of migrants is a crucial public health challenge faced by governments and societies both on the home front and to the new communities receiving the migrants.

This course, expected to launch in fall 2017, will be among the first courses in the ILTI University of California global health initiative to offer global health curriculum online throughout the UCs. The course, supported by the Innovative Learning Technology Initiative at UCLA, will provide an introduction to the history, status, and future of migration and health using the social determinants of health model to foster a multidisciplinary analysis of the status of migrant health around the world.


Course Advisory Panel / Faculty

Michael A. Rodriguez, MD, MPH, professor and vice chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine; founding director, UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America
Nancy J. Burke, PhD, associate professor and Chair of Public Health in the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts at the UC, Merced
Marc Schenker, MD, Department of Preventive Medicine, UC-Davis
Roger Waldinger, PhD, Department of Sociology, UCLA
Steven Wallace, PhD, Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA


Course Objectives

Through completing the online Migration and Health course, student will be able to:

  • Describe the historical context of migration and health, including the contributing economic, social and political factors
  • Apply the social determinants of health model to critically analyze the status of migrant health around the world, with specific emphasis on the United States
  • Discuss past and current responses to migrant health disparities through a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Demonstrate research and technical writing skills through the development of a 10-15 page research paper
  • Apply intervention strategies discussed in class to address a specific health disparity in migrant populations

Course Registration Course is in development. Watch this website for more information on how to register for the Spring 2018 session of the Innovative Migration and Health Online Curriculum. 


Health Equity and Civil Rights Course


The UCLA Blum Center, along with advocates and academics at The City Project, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, UCLA Medical School, and UCLA School of Public Health, have created a course on health equity, civil rights, and health impact assessments to prepare health professionals to work together. The course examines health disparities and how civil rights law and health impact assessments (HIAs) can help address them. The course features guest lecturers from the disciplines of law, public health, and medicine and student-led discussions with assistance and in partnership with faculty on relevant research.



Charles R Drew University Professors: David Martins, MD, MSc; and Cynthia Gonzalez, PhD, MPH
UCLA Blum Center Director and Family Medicine Professor: Michael Rodriguez, MD, MPH
UCLA Public Health Professor: Brian Cole, DrPH, MPH
The City Project’s Founding Director and Counsel: Robert García, JD

More information.