Students and Professor Adam Kay in the Stewardship Garden.

Biology of Global Health

How do we improve the health of people around the world? Biology of global health at the University of St. Thomas prepares you for innovative health careers by blending the natural and social sciences together to explore concepts of health equity, public health and the spread of diseases.

Why Study Biology of Global Health at St. Thomas?

Our program will challenge you with a unique curriculum while developing your critical thinking and analytical skills along the way. By applying biology to broad and complex issues in global health, you will explore various factors affecting health such as public policy, socio-economic status, ethics, culture and the healthcare system. Our graduates typically work in fields such as toxicology, public health and medicine, and many alumni have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in graduate school.

Make a Difference

  • Course Requirements
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degrees Awarded
  • Outside the Classroom
  • Course Requirements

    You will lay the foundation with biology, chemistry and math courses at the beginning of your undergraduate career. From there, you will take a unique set of science courses outside of biology reflecting your interests. Plus, you will prepare for your future by enhancing your biology training with courses focusing on topics like health issues and epidemiology. Your time at St. Thomas culminates with project-driven health courses in your senior year.

    Four-Year Plan

    You work with a personal faculty adviser to select a unique set of courses outside of biology to supplement your core courses in biology, chemistry and math. You have the freedom to choose from classes in justice and peace studies, public health, business, statistics, biochemistry, psychology and more.

    Degrees Awarded

    Bachelor of Science in Biology of Global Health

    Outside the Classroom

    “All for the common good.” We live the university’s mission in our program with a variety of courses through service learning components. We also encourage students to pursue other opportunities outside of the classroom like collaborative research with faculty.

    Course Requirements

    Course Requirements

    You will lay the foundation with biology, chemistry and math courses at the beginning of your undergraduate career. From there, you will take a unique set of science courses outside of biology reflecting your interests. Plus, you will prepare for your future by enhancing your biology training with courses focusing on topics like health issues and epidemiology. Your time at St. Thomas culminates with project-driven health courses in your senior year.

    Four-Year Plan

    Four-Year Plan

    You work with a personal faculty adviser to select a unique set of courses outside of biology to supplement your core courses in biology, chemistry and math. You have the freedom to choose from classes in justice and peace studies, public health, business, statistics, biochemistry, psychology and more.

    Degrees Awarded

    Degrees Awarded

    Bachelor of Science in Biology of Global Health

    Outside the Classroom

    Outside the Classroom

    “All for the common good.” We live the university’s mission in our program with a variety of courses through service learning components. We also encourage students to pursue other opportunities outside of the classroom like collaborative research with faculty.

    University of St. Thomas Arches in spring.

    Career Paths

    Our innovative curriculum gives you the academic knowledge and practical skills to prepare you for a range of careers.

    • Toxicologist
    • Health inspector
    • Community health specialist
    • Infectious disease epidemiology
    • Health policy and management
    • Disaster relief support technician

    Scholarships

  • Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship
  • James M. Jagodzinski Scholarship
  • Paul J. Germann, PhD Scholarship
  • Healthcare Fund
  • Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship

    St. Thomas offers two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 scholarships to top candidates who intend to pursue degrees in the sciences, mathematics or engineering.

    James M. Jagodzinski Scholarship

    James Jagodzinski ’53 graduated with his degree in biology and started a successful scientific instrument business. He created this scholarship fund for students pursuing a biology major with hopes of attending graduate school for a career in the life sciences. We typically award a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition at St. Thomas.

    Paul J. Germann, PhD Scholarship

    Germann was a long-time faculty member and chair of the biology program at St. Thomas. We award this scholarship in his honor to sophomore or junior biology majors who demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding participation in biology. We award up to six scholarships each year with the amounts typically ranging between $1,000 to $6,000.

    Healthcare Fund

    We award this scholarship to students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative 3.1 GPA or higher are eligible. They will demonstrate financial need, a commitment to community service and be of the Catholic faith.

    Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship

    Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship

    St. Thomas offers two full-tuition scholarships and two $8,000 scholarships to top candidates who intend to pursue degrees in the sciences, mathematics or engineering.

    James M. Jagodzinski Scholarship

    James M. Jagodzinski Scholarship

    James Jagodzinski ’53 graduated with his degree in biology and started a successful scientific instrument business. He created this scholarship fund for students pursuing a biology major with hopes of attending graduate school for a career in the life sciences. We typically award a $1,000 scholarship toward tuition at St. Thomas.

    Paul J. Germann, PhD Scholarship

    Paul J. Germann, PhD Scholarship

    Germann was a long-time faculty member and chair of the biology program at St. Thomas. We award this scholarship in his honor to sophomore or junior biology majors who demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding participation in biology. We award up to six scholarships each year with the amounts typically ranging between $1,000 to $6,000.

    Healthcare Fund

    Healthcare Fund

    We award this scholarship to students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative 3.1 GPA or higher are eligible. They will demonstrate financial need, a commitment to community service and be of the Catholic faith.

    A Unique Program

    Our program not only gives you the academic knowledge to be successful in the classroom, but also practical skills to prepare you for life after St. Thomas.

    Individualize

    You have the ability to individualize your program curriculum with your professors, meaning you can choose classes that interest you.

    Distinguish

    You will distinguish yourself from other pre-health students because our program is interdisciplinary, meaning you gain knowledge and context from multiple academic disciplines.

    Design

    You will have opportunities to design educational opportunities that facilitate your career development and generate positive change in the world. Whether that is collaborative research or studying abroad, you have multiple opportunities to make a difference.

    What's Your Passion?

    We encourage you to get out of the classroom and explore the world around you. Whether that is here in the Twin Cities or with a study abroad program, we have the resources you need for success.