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Major & Minor

This page contains the DePauw Catalog wording about the requirements for majoring and minoring in Global Health.

You may find The Major Summarized page more helpful to learn about how to be a Global Health major.

Course Catalog

Global Health


Requirements for a major

Global Health

Total courses required Ten and one-half
Core courses GLH 101, GLH 301, GLH 401. One of: Math 141, BIO 375, BIO 275, PSY 214.
Other required courses

Additional courses that may be chosen for the major include: ANTH 151, ANTH 255, ANTH 257, ANTH 355, ANTH 370, ANTH 390 (when a global health topic), BIO 102, BIO 250, BIO 382, CHEM 240, CHEM 343, CHEM 342 (when global health topic), HIST 285, ECON 465, PHIL 230, PHIL 232, PHIL 234, PHIL 360, POLS 170, POLS 235, POLS 253, POLS 352, POLS 360, POLS 382, POLS 384, PSY 100, PSY 214, PSY 252, PSY 260, PSY 343, SOC 100, SOC 210, SOC 242, SOC 329, SOC 342. Refer to the Global Health website for the most up-to-date course options.

Majors develop a learning contract, required by week six of the second semester, sophomore year (or at least one month after major declaration), structured around two thematic tracks (Examples of tracks--such as Biosocial Determinants of Health, Environment and Human Health, Ethics and Global Health, Population & Family Health, and Biostatistics --are available on the GLH Program website). The terms of the contract specify the substantive nature of the chosen tracks, including relevant courses. The courses in each track must be from at least two distinct disciplines. Each track must consist of at least three courses, one of which is at the 300-400 level. No more than five courses can be credited to a single track.

Students planning to pursue a career or graduate work in Global Health are encouraged to become proficient in a second language

Number 300 and 400 level courses Four and one-half, including senior seminar and practicum
Senior requirement and capstone experience GLH 401, Senior Seminar.
Additional information Attendance at global health seminars in junior and senior years.
Writing in the Major The writing requirement for the Global Health major consists of a portfolio of writings presented with a written reflection. Portfolios will be reviewed by the Global Health steering committee for evidence of improvement and competence in writing in the major. Portfolios are due on the second Wednesday of May of the junior year.

Requirements for a minor

Global Health

Total courses required Five
Core courses GLH 101. One of the following: MATH 141, BIO 375, PSY 214.
Other required courses Two courses at the 200-level and one course at the 300 or 400-level to be selected in coordination with the minor advisor from the list of courses approved for the Global Health major. These courses must come from two academic disciplines. Students planning to pursue a career or graduate work in global health are encouraged to become proficient in a second language during their time at DePauw.
Number 300 and 400 level courses One

Courses in Global Health

GLH 101

Introduction to Global Health

This course introduces students to the basic tenets, applications, and foci of global health. It contextualizes current global health issues historically and provides an overview of the core disciplines in the field. Using case studies, students analyze disease burden across several sectors to examine factors affecting health. Readings are drawn from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Privilege, Power And Diversity 1 course

GLH 301

Practicum Experience in Global Health

GLH 301 is a half-credit course centered on a practicum project that includes one (1) applied clinical or community-based experience. Options that qualify include, but are not limited to, original research, an internship, or another kind of experiential learning (January and May projects and certain off-campus study projects may qualify, subject to committee review). A practicum is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to integrate and apply skills and knowledge gained through coursework with experience gained in a professional public health work environment. Global health work environments include not-for-profit organizations, hospitals, local health departments, and for-profit firms among others. This practicum expectation mirrors expectations set by the Council on Education for Public Health. A typical practicum experience in the Global Health major requires students to work a range of 80 - 120 hours under the supervision of an experienced site supervisor and the course instructor. Each practicum has at least one tangible deliverable to be determined by the student and instructor.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1/2 course

GLH 401

Senior Seminar in Global Health

GLH 401 focuses on contemporary issues in global health using theoretical and methodological skills acquired and discussed in prior foundational courses in the major. The topic will vary based on the expertise of the instructor, but must remain accessible to students with a variety of backgrounds given the interdisciplinary nature of the major. Students will discuss common readings and research and produce a senior project such as a thesis, creative work, or research contribution that fulfills the capstone experience in the Global Health major. Topics for GLH401 will be approved by the GLH steering committee.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
1 course