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Global and Comparative Public Health Concentration

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Program Overview

A concentration in Global and Comparative Public Health (G.C.P.H.) 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 abojut 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 G.C.P.H. 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.

Global and Comparative Public Health Concentration

The following information reflects requirements for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Changes to the program are reflected in the respective catalog that follows the academic year in which the changes were made.  Visit the main undergraduate catalog page to view the requirements for other academic years.

A total of 21 credits are required, distributed as follows (see course catalog to identify any prerequisites for listed courses):

Course Credit Hours
Required Courses 9
HSCI 143 - Introduction to Epidemiology 3
HSCI 144 - Introduction to Public Health 3
POLS 127 - Global Health 3
Electives - choose at least one course from the Natural Sciences list and one course from the Social Science/Humanities list: 12
Natural Sciences  
BIO 021 - Biological Basis of Disease  
BIO 092 - Introduction to Ethnobotany 3
BIO 108 - Emerging Infectuous Disease 3
BIO 111 - Evolved Foodways 3
BIO 182 - Immunology 3
CHEM 012 - Food and Health 3
Social Sciences and Humanities  
HIST 194 - Public Health History  
HSCI 150 - Health and Development  
PHIL 124 - Health and Social Justice 3
PHIL 151 - Environmental Justice  
POLS 169 - Critical Perspectives on Public Health Policy 3
SCSA 138 - Global Reproductive Politics  
SCSS 071 - Environmentalism in the United States 3
SCSS 145 - Food and Society 3
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication 3
Experiential Learning - Local or international. May count as an elective under either Natural Sciences or Social Sciences/Humanities, depending upon content; adviser approval required. The following course - open to Pharmacy students only - is pre-approved for 5 credits under experiential learning for GCPH: Phar 285 Belize Rotation [counts as Natural Science].  
Total 21

Students may declare the concentration by filling out a form through their college administrative office.

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