Global and Comparative Public Health Concentration
A concentration in Global and Comparative Public 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:
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.
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Masters of Jurisprudence in Health Law (Drake University Law School)
Certificate in Health Law (Drake University Law School)
Pharm.D./Masters in Public Health (Drake University and Des Moines University)
A total of 21 credits are required, distributed as follows (see course catalogue to identify any prerequisites for listed courses):
Required courses (9 credits):
Hsci 144 Introduction to Public Health
Pols 127 Global Health
Hsci 143 Epidemiology
Electives (12 credits): Take at least one from Natural Sciences list and one from Social Sciences/Humanities list:*
Bio 021 Biological Basis of Disease
Bio 092 Introduction to Ethnobotany
Bio 111 Evolved Foodways
Bio 108 Infectious Diseases
Bio 182 Immunology
Chem 012 Food and Health
Social Sciences and Humanities:
Hist 194 Public Health History
Hsci 142 Community Health Education (2 credits)
Hsci 153 Health and Development
Phil 124 Health and Social Justice
Phil 151 Environmental Justice
Pols 169 Critical Perspectives on Public Health Policy
SCSS 071 Environmentalism in the United States
SCSS 076 Inequality and Public Health
SCSA 138 Global Reproductive Politics
SCSS 145 Food and Society
Span 165 Spanish for Health Care Providers
WLC 148 Intercultural Communication
*Experiential Learning (Local or international) Experiential learning is NOT a required part of the concentration. However, credit-bearing experiences that have been approved ahead of time may count as an elective under either Natural Sciences or Social Sciences/Humanities, depending upon content.
With the exception of the pre-approved experiences listed below, the following guidelines apply: 1. Experiences that do not receive academic credit cannot be counted. 2. Academic credit must be arranged beforehand either through Drake (e.g., an internship or independent study arranged through a college, school or department and supervised by an instructor) or through a study abroad provider, 3. The student requesting that a credited experience be counted toward GCPH elective requirements must present the GCPH Director with a description of the experience, a brief written justification explaining why the student believes that the experience meet the learning objectives of the GCPH program and a letter of support from either the student’s academic adviser or the instructor who will supervise the experience. These materials must be submitted prior to the experience. The GCPH Director will make the final determination of whether the experience qualifies for GCPH elective credit. 4. Experiential credit may replace one elective course, but not more than one.
The following courses - open to Pharmacy students only - are pre-approved for 3 credits under experiential learning for GCPH elective credit under Natural Science:
Phar 285 Hillside Clinic - Belize
Phar 285 Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences - India
Phar 285 University of KwaZulu-Natal - South Africa
Students may declare the concentration by filling out a form through your college administrative office. Inquires should be directed to Professor David Skidmore, Director, The Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship.
Drake University is a member of the Heartland Global Health Consortium.