2016-2017 Academic Bulletin 
    May 22, 2024  
2016-2017 Academic Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Health Studies Major

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Global Health Studies Major Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete a major in Global Health Studies are expected to be able to:

  • Define the complex, interconnected approaches, policies, communities, and perspectives that impact the field of global health;
  • Use a variety of frameworks and methods to define and engage with issues related to the field of global health;
  • Understand and articulate the interrelated relationships between geographical and cultural spaces, populations, policies, and health;
  • Understand disease causation and prevention and the relationship between health and the built and natural environments;
  • Operate with a responsible and self-reflexive awareness of power, privilege, and ethics within a multiplicity of cultural contexts;
  • Listen actively and communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences.

The Global Health Studies Major

The major leads to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree (students may elect to receive either degree) and requires the completion of a minimum of 54 credit hours. Global Health Studies majors must present a GPA of 2.0 in all Global Health Studies coursework at graduation. All courses submitted for the major, except for transfer credits, must be taken on a letter-grade basis. Normally no more than 16 transfer credits are accepted toward the major; none of these may substitute for the core Global Health Studies courses or for the junior seminar. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in EL seminars, semester away programs, and related research or internship opportunities. Where appropriate, the Global Health Studies Steering Committee will consider credits gained through such activities as a substitute for a course or courses listed below. Students who are considering such learning opportunities must consult ahead of time with their advisor and the Steering Committee members. All substitutions of alternative courses for required courses must be approved by the Global Health Studies program chair, and students are strongly encouraged to discuss any potential course substitutions with the chair prior to enrolling in the course.

Because this major is interdivisional, students may complete any minor to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different divisions.


Core Courses:

In Global Health Studies. Take all of the following:

Science and the Environment:

Ethics and Social Responsibility:

Take one of the following courses:

Advanced coursework requirement:

  • At least eight credits of work taken to satisfy requirements 2-5 above must be at the 300 or 400 level.


  • Students also must take an additional four credits from categories 2-5.

Foreign Language:

  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to one year of college-level study as demonstrated by the successful completion of at least one modern foreign language course numbered 120 or above.

Junior Seminar:

  • Students must take GHS 575 - Global Health Challenges  or another approved seminar. Students should consult with their academic advisors about approved alternatives. Students are reminded that successful completion of a Junior Seminar is a college requirement for graduation, so substitutions should be made with care.

Senior Project:

Take both of the following:

Experiential Component

  • Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least one Global Health Studies-related learning experience (e.g. EL seminars, semester away programs, and research or internship opportunities) that goes beyond clinical observation or shadowing.

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