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Global and Comparative Public Health Concentration

Program Description

A concentration in Global and Comparative Health (GCPH) prepares students to be active participants in improving the health of their own and other communities worldwide. Students will gain an understanding of the determinants of the health of populations, the available options to improve the health of populations, and the evidence demonstrating the efficacy of these options.

Through the GCPH concentration, students will learn to:

  1. Identify the determinants of health. These determinants will include but are not limited to biological, environmental, economic, political, institutional and social factors.
  2. Describe the various public health interventions that may influence the health of populations and differentiate between them.
  3. Explain how the health status of a given population is interdependent with the health of all populations globally.
  4. Explain and give examples of how culture relates to health and apply this knowledge to conversations about health in different settings.
  5. Explain how the indicators of health of a given population may be assessed.
  6. Analyze the relationship between health and social justice.
  7. Describe the factors (social and cultural) that affect the relevant behaviors of a population.
  8. Devise the questions that may be asked to examine the health of a population.
  9. Apply evidence-based thinking to population health concerns.

The GCPH concentration complements various majors, including Biology, BCMB, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, International Relations, Politics, Law, Politics and Society, Sociology, Environmental Science and Policy, and Philosophy. Students who complete the program will be well prepared for graduate study and/or careers in fields related to public health.

Requirements for Concentration

A total of 21 credits are required, distributed as follows:

Required courses (15 credits):

Hsci ___ Introduction to Public Health*
Pols 127 Global Public Health
Pols ___ Comparative Public Health Policy*
Hsci ___ Epidemiology*
Phil 124 Health and Social Justice or Phil ___ Health and Human Rights or Phil 151 Environmental Justice

Electives (6 credits):

Bio 182 Immunology
Ensp ___ Environmental Health*
Bio ___ Food and Health*
Bio 095 Medical Microbiology
Ensp ___ Ethnobotany*
SCSS 150 Global Reproductive Politics
LAP 148 Intercultural Communication
Span 150  Spanish for Health Care Providers*
Experiential Learning (local or international)*

Courses that may count in the core or as an elective, but not both:

Phil 151 Environmental Justice
Phil ___ Health and Human Rights*
Phil 124 Health and Social Justice

* New course: Course number not yet available.

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