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Global Health

The Global Health major builds on the strong ties between the liberal arts and the core concepts of public health to prepare students to prepare students to make positive contributions in non-governmental organizations, consulting firms, community clinics, health systems corporations, professional associations, government agencies, research institutions, public relations firms, social work and a range of development and health care professions domestically and abroad.

Public health concerns are prominent in public discourse around the world. The HIV/AIDS epidemic, the threat of global pandemic disease, the American health care crisis, international health crises, health disparities, obesity, malnutrition, environmental health concerns, food and vaccine supply exemplify the types of urgent public health challenges that pervade the daily news and fuel policy debates. Effective solutions rely on understanding complex phenomena that play out at the level of local communities as well as on the global stage, such as the impacts of environmental degradation, war and civil unrest, immigration patterns, cultural practices, and differential and ethical access to preventive programs and treatments. 

The Global Health Major provides students with an array of analytical frameworks for understanding the complexities of population health and will offer opportunities to integrate and apply these frameworks within the context of course work, civic engagement, and independent research.  The major situates students as graduates who are well prepared both in fields that integrate numerous disciplinary backgrounds and for graduate work in the rapidly growing fields of population health care, policy and practice.

Global Health is a diverse, interdisciplinary field unified around the examination of human and animal health at the population level. Recognizing the central importance of health within a global context, the issues, theories, and methodologies presented in this major educate students in critical and quantitative reasoning, integrative and experiential learning while emphasizing effective public health communication through writing and speaking.

 The Global Health Major is interdisciplinary and requires students to design their own curriculum drawn from approved and relevant course listings and affiliated faculty, to take part in at least one internship or experiential learning opportunity/practicum experience, and to come together in a senior seminar where they complete a capstone senior thesis project.