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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 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.


Effective March 16

Our staff will be working remotely but will available via email

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sharon Crary, Co-Program Director - scrary@depauw.edu

Rebecca Upton, Co-Program Director - rupton@depauw.edu

Pam Woodall, Administrative Assistant - pamelawoodall@depauw.edu

Pam Woodall will be checking emails regularly during business hours and
dispersing those messages to the correct individual(s).

The Global Health program at DePauw stands in solidarity against systemic racism, police brutality, and injustice – outrages that destroy the health and well-being of Black communities. Black Lives Matter.

The goals of the GLH program at DePauw include welcoming diverse perspectives from the U.S. and around the world to educate, create greater understanding, promote dialogue, and inspire sustained action to address health disparities and to improve global health. As a discipline, we are committed to diversity, equity, and access, and will continue to expand upon these values in our teaching, research and our community at DePauw. We have been inspired by the global responses to how Black Lives Matter. We know too that change comes from within and we will work, individually and in collaboration, to identify and address institutional and implicit biases on our campus and improve our delivery of global health education. 

We join all who mourn the ongoing and senseless deaths, which are tragic reminders of the systemic racism and violence that exist in our society and of the long journey we still face toward an equitable society. To members of communities whose lives, health, and safety are under attack, know that we stand with you and to all of those who are part of the DePauw Global Health program, let us renew our commitment to equity as we care for one another.


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.