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The Major

Your Global Health Major will be grounded in an interdisciplinary investigation of global health priorities, concerns, disparities, and responses in diverse global contexts. As a major, you will take a core set of courses, engage in a practicum experience, select courses in two thematic tracks to focus your study, and complete a senior capstone project.

how to complete the global health major

Do you have a double major?  Please note that DePauw policy states that students who have double majors must have at least six courses that do not overlap between the two majors.

Did you study off-campus for a semester?  Please note that DePauw policy states that a maximum of two courses taken during off-campus study may be applied towards your major.

All Global Health Majors must complete 10.5 courses comprised in the following way:

  • Introduction to Global Health (GLH 101)
  • Statistics or epidemiology
    • Choose from MATH 141, BIO 375, ECON 350, PSY 241, or an approved epidemiology course

  • SEVEN COURSES FOR FOCUSED STUDY in pre-approved thematic tracks
    • One track must have two courses at the 300-400 level.

    • The other track must have at least one course at the 300-400 level.

    • In special circumstances you may design your own track in consultation with your advisor.

  • Global Health Practicum (GLH 301)
    • Usually taken in your junior year; prereq GLH 101

  • Senior Seminar (GLH 401)
    • Taken in your senior year; prereq GLH 301


The Practicum Experience in Global Health (GLH 301) is the required writing intensive course for the global health major.

Global public health writing is unique. You will need to be able to address a complex range of factors including age, gender, education, economics, race, sex, culture, medicine, genetics, individual behavior, family, community, and social justice in your writing. Furthermore, one of the conditions necessary for improving public health is clear communication among a wide array of stakeholders, including researchers, practitioners, health providers, administrators, policy-makers, journalists, educators, and communities. Clear and effective communication is a key component of public health practice.

Through multiple writing assignments throughout the semester, as well as a final poster presentation, you will practice approaches to writing for a variety of audiences.