Academic Bulletin 2023-2024 
    May 30, 2024  
Academic Bulletin 2023-2024

Global Health Studies Major

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Faculty: Dawson, A. Finaret, Humphreys, Peterson, Pinnow, Runestad, Shaw, Silva, Waggett

The Global Health Studies major is a program in the Interdisciplinary Studies Area of Study. Global Health Studies Majors majors may complete any minor to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different areas of study.

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 and interconnected practices, policies, populations, and perspectives encompassed by the field of Global Health.
  • Utilize a variety of frameworks, methods, and approaches to recognize, define, and engage with issues relevant to the field of Global Health.
  • Understand and articulate the interrelated and intertwined relationships between geographical and cultural spaces, populations, policies and health.
  •  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 Global Health Studies major consisting of 54 credits, leads to the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (students may elect to receive either degree). At graduation, Global Health Studies majors must have a GPA of at least 2.0 in the major. The calculation is based on the grades for all required courses for completion of the major. Only the most recent grade is considered for courses that have been repeated. All courses submitted for the major, except for transfer credits, must be taken on a letter-grade basis. A maximum of 16 transfer credits may be counted toward the major; exceptions must be approved by the department chair. None of these may be substituted 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.


Core Courses:

In Global Health Studies. Take all of the following:

Dimensions of Global Health Courses:

In addition to the Core Courses and Fundamental Science Course, GHS majors must take a set of courses from each of four primary dimensions of global health: Science and the Environment; Ethics and Social Responsibility; Power and Economics; and Cultures and Society. The GHS program has identified electives from across the curriculum that can fulfill each dimension.

Science and the Environment:

Take one of the following courses:

Advanced coursework requirement:

  • At least eight credits of work taken to satisfy the “Dimensions of Global Health” requirements above must be at the 300 or 400 level.


  • Students also must take an additional four credits from the “Dimensions of Global Health” categories above: ”Science and the Environment ,” “Ethics and Social Responsibility,” “Power and Economics,” “Cultures and Societies.”

Modern Language:

  • Students must successfully complete at least one modern language course numbered 120 or above.

Junior Seminar:

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. They should consult with their advisor, a GHS steering committee member, or the program chair for guidance about suitable experiential learning opportunities.

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