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.
how to complete the global health major
Download a PDF version of this major checklist from the side of this page.
All Global Health Majors must complete 10.5 courses including the following:
THREE CORE GLOBAL HEALTH (GLH) COURSES
- Introduction to Global Health (GLH 101)
- Global Health Practicum (GLH 301)
usually taken in the junior year; prereq GLH 101
- Senior Seminar (GLH 401)
taken in the senior year; prereq GLH 301
one statistics course Chosen from the following
- MATH 141, BIO 375, ECON 350, or PSY 241
Seven courses for focused study
- Select two thematic tracks from the following themes.
Health in resource-poor regions
Ethics of global health interventions
Noncommunicable diseases and behavioral determinants of health
Biosocial determinants of health
Environment and human health
Population and family health
Global health statistics
- Track 1: Select four approved courses from two distinct disciplines. One course must be at the 300-400 level.
- Track 2: Select three approved courses from two distinct disciplines. One course must be at the 300-400 level.
- Pre-approved courses
The courses below are approved by the Global Health Steering Committee for use in creating the Thematic Tracks in your major. Other courses may be acceptable. Please email one of the Program Directors if you have an inquiry about a course.
ANTH 151 – Human Cultures
ANTH 257 – Culture, Medicine and Health
ANTH 255 – Gender and Anthropology (prereq Anth151)
ANTH 355 – Anthropology of Development
ANTH 370 – Public Health in Africa
BIO 102 – Evolution and Ecology
BIO 361 – Immunology (prereq Bio 101 and 102)
BIO 250 – Microbiology (prereq Bio 101)
BIO 375 – Biostatistics (prereq Bio 101 and 102)
BIO 382 – Neurobiology (prereq Bio 101 and 102)
BIO – Select Topics Classes (likely to have a prereq)
CHEM 240 – Structure and Function of Biomolecules, (prereq Chem 120)
CHEM 343 – Advance Biochemistry (prereq Chem 240 and 260)
CHEM 342 – Select Topics courses (0.5credit)
HIST 285 – History of Science
ECON 465 – Health Economics (prereq Econ 294, Econ 350)
PHIL 230 – Ethical Theory
PHIL 232 – Environmental Ethics
PHIL 360 – Philosophy of Science (prereq 1 phil course, major in science, or permission)
PHIL 234 – Biomedical Ethics
POLS 170 – International Politics
POLS 235 – Equality & Justice
POLS 253 – China and India in the 21st Century
POLS 352 –Politics of Developing Nations
POLS 360 – African Politics
POLS 382 – Global Issues
POLS 384 – International Law
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology
PSY 214 – Statistics for Behavioral Sciences* (prereq Psy 100)
PSY 252 – Drugs and Behavior (prereq Psy 100; not currently offered)
PSY 260 – Social Psychology (prereq Psy 100)
PSY 343 – Health Psychology (prereq Psy 100)
SOC 100 – Contemporary Society
SOC 210 – Gender and Society
SOC 242 – Medical Sociology
SOC 329 – Social Inequalities
SOC 342 – Women, Health and Social Control (prereq 1 SOC course)
COMPLETE THE WRITING IN THE MAJOR REQUIREMENT FOR GLOBAL HEALTH
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.