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The Major

The Global Health Major is interdisciplinary. All students take a core set of courses in addition to courses in two thematic tracks.

The Global Health Major is grounded in the investigation of global health priorities, concerns, disparities, and responses in diverse global contexts.  Coursework in the major emphasizes key aspects of global health using an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the underlying determinants of health, the relationship between public health and development, and public health practice.

STUDENTS MAJORING IN GLOBAL HEALTH WILL TAKE THE FOLLOWING FOUR COURSES IN COMMON.

  • Introduction to Global Health (GLH 101)
  • Statistics (MATH 141, BIO 375, ECON 350, or PSY 241)
  • Global Health Practicum (GLH 301)
  • Senior Seminar (GLH 401)

EVERY STUDENT WHO MAJORS IN GLOBAL HEALTH WILL ALSO CHOOSE TWO THEMATIC TRACKS IN GLOBAL HEALTH AROUND WHICH THEY WILL STRUCTURE THE REMAINDER OF THEIR MAJOR.

Thematic tracks provide students with a way to focus their attention in an interdisciplinary major to ensure depth of knowledge within a broad field of study.  Examples of these tracks can be found here.

Each track must consist of at least three courses, one of which is at the 300-400 level. The courses in each track must be from at least two distinct disciplines.  No more than five courses can be credited to a single track.

THE WRITING IN THE MAJOR REQUIREMENT FOR GLOBAL HEALTH CONSISTS OF A PORTFOLIO.

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.  Learn more about the GLH Writing in the Major Requirement here.