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Global Health Majors & Minors

Global Health

Course Catalog

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 Practicum Experience in Global Health (GLH 301) is the required writing intensive course for the global health major. Global public health writing is unique. In no other field do authors often deal with a complex range of factors that include age, gender, education, economics, race, sex, culture, medicine, genetics, individual behavior, family, community, and social justice. 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.The course therefore emphasizes writing skills gained in participatory experiences, the preparation of assessments of the experiences, comparative analytic as well as technical writing in the field of global health. Students achieve these objectives through multiple and varied writing assignments throughout the semester that employ global health techniques and draw upon skills and literature to produce an additional final poster for presentation.The course fosters the writing and research skills necessary for advance study in global health, including the Senior Seminar and for participation in larger conversations in the field. Through writing projects and a final poster presentation, students practice a variety of approaches to writing and research, while also expanding methods of writing for a variety of audiences.