GLHT Minor



The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health collaborates with multiple departments to offer students a minor in Global Health Technologies (GLHT). The minor is open to Rice undergraduate students from all disciplines and requires completion of seven courses, including five core courses and two electives. The final course required of students is a capstone course, Global Health Design Challenges, in which multidisciplinary teams of undergraduate students work together to design and implement solutions to existing global health challenges in the developing world. Students benefit from receiving guidance and mentorship from Rice faculty and graduate students as well as from the Texas Medical Center, partner organizations in developing countries, and clinicians to design low-cost, effective health technologies. 


Students begin the minor by taking GLHT 201: Introduction to Global Health, which provides an overview of scientific, economic, and policy issues associated with advances in global health technologies, followed by an introductory design course, GLHT 360: Appropriate Design for Global Health. The subsequent core course is selected by the student from a collection of approved courses. The final two courses include GLHT 451 and GLHT 452, Global Health Challenges I and II respectively, which are taken in a two-semester sequence. Elective courses include a range of subjects. Courses such as Immunology, Health Economics, Medical Chemistry, or Health Policy, provide students experience in engineering and social sciences as applied to international health challenges. A detailed list of GLHT courses can be found HERE.


Requirements for minoring in GLHT


Students must complete five core courses. In addition to the core course sequence, students must complete six (6) credit hours in elective courses, three (3) in science/engineering and three (3) in humanities/social science.


  • GLHT 201_Introduction to Global Health 

  • GLHT 360_Appropriate Design for Global Health 

  • One of the following:

    1. ANTH 381_Medical Anthropology 

    2. GLHT 314_Sustainable Water Purification for the Developing World

    3. GLHT 392_Needs Finding and Development in Bioengineering

    4. GLHT 464_Social Entrepreneurship

    5. PSYC 370_Introduction to Human Factors & Ergonomics

    6. SOCI 345_Medical Sociology

    7. SOCI 381_Research Methods 

  • GLHT 451 and GLHT 452_Global Health Design Challenges I and II 


All core courses will be offered each year: GLHT 201, PSYC 370, SOCI 381, ANTH 381, GLHT 392 and GLHT 451 in the fall and GLHT 360, SOCI 345, GLHT 314, GLHT 464 and GLHT 452 in the spring. The sequence indicated is the required sequence, as prerequisites do apply. Prior to enrollment in the capstone course GLHT 451/452, students must successfully complete all other GLHT minor core course requirements, although electives may be taken concurrently. There is no requirement to initiate the GLHT minor in the freshman year. It can be initiated as late as the junior year (beginning of the fifth semester). It will be possible for students to receive credit for GLHT minor courses that also fulfill a requirement within their major.


Upon completion of at least one of the core courses of the GLHT minor, students become eligible to apply for the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health Summer Internship Program, which takes students to various international locations to implement Rice 360° technologies and gain experience working with clinicians in the project site.



Science / Engineering Elective Courses (3hrs is required from the following list):


  • BIOC318 Lab Module in Microbiology (1 credit course)

  • BIOC331: Biology of Infectious Disease

  • BIOC372: Immunology

  • BIOC424: Microbiology & Biotechnology

  • BIOC447: Experimental Biology & the Future of Medicine

  • BIOC450: Viruses & Infectious Diseases

  • BIOC460: Cancer Biology

  • CEVE302: Sustainable Design

  • CHEM542: Medicinal Chemistry I

  • ELEC 446: Mobile Device Applications Project (*if pursuing a GLHT project)

  • STAT280:  Elementary Applied Statistics

  • STAT305:  Intro to Statistics for Biosciences

  • GLHT400: Global Health Technology Independent Study (1-3 credit course)


*Note: Independent studies in other majors can be counted toward your elective requirements, but topic must be related to global health and approved in advance by your minor advisor


  • GLHT401: GLHT Research Reporting (1 credit course)

  • GLHT 510 Seminar in Tropical Medicine (1 credit course)



Humanities / Social Science Elective Courses (3hrs is required from the following list):


  • ANTH366: Science, Local and Global

  • ANTH381: Medical Anthropology

  • ANTH443: Anthropology of Race, Ethnicity and Health

  • BUSI/GLHT 464: Social Entrepreneurship

  • ECON450: Economic Development: Intro

  • ECON460: International Development  

  • ECON481: Health Economics

  • ENGL272: Literature and Medicine

  • ENGL386: Medical Media Arts Lab

  • ENST313: Sustainable Design

  • FSEM155:The Invention of Africa

  • HEAL222:  Principles of Public & Community Health

  • HEAL313:  Foundations of Health Promotion

  • HEAL407:  Epidemiology

  • HEAL422:  Theory & Models of Health Behavior

  • HEAL498:  Special Topics in Health Sciences

  • HIST231:   Introduction to African History

  • HIST232:   Introduction to African History

  • HIST455:   History of Human Rights 

  • HUMA371: Poverty, Justice & Human Capabilities

  • PHIL314:   The Philosophy of Medicine

  • PHIL336:   Medical Ethics 

  • POST430:  Shaping of Health Policy

  • PSYC345:  Health Psychology

  • PSYC370: Introduction to Human Factors andErgonomics

  • PSYC409: Methods in Human-Computer Interaction

  • SOCI345:  Medical Sociology

  • SOCI371:  Poverty, Justice & Human Capabilities

  • SOCI381: Research Methods

  • SOCI394: Human Development in Global & Local Communities

  • SOCI406: Basic Demographic Techniques

  • SOCI465: Gender & Health

  • SPAN307: Language & Culture of Medicine and Healthcare

  • SWGS394: Human Development in Global & Local Communities