Global Health (minor only)

Changes effective Spring Term 2016

Faculty teaching Global Health include members of the Natural Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences Divisions in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Communications Department in the College of Professional Studies. Please see the schedule of classes for each academic term for specific assignments.

The global health minor focuses on issues effecting community health at home and around the globe, revealing that health and poverty are frequently linked and that health issues may not respect political boundaries. The program draws courses from anthropology, biology, communication studies, critical media and cultural studies, economics, English, environmental studies, history, pre-medicine studies, mathematics, physical education, political science, and psychology to explore health related issues from a variety of methodological and topical perspectives.


Six (6) courses are required: three (3) core courses and three (3) elective courses. Two (2) of the required three (3) electives must be at the 300 level or higher.

It is recommended, but not required, that students take PED Health and Wellness to meet their BPE requirement.

It is recommended, but not required, that students take a statistics course such as BIO 342, MAT 219, ECO 221, PSY 250, or INB 236.

CORE COURSES (required)

  • GBH 200 Introduction to Public Health
  • GBH 300 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • GBH/ANT 310 Introduction to Global Health

Three (3) of the following courses


  • ANT 301 Nutrition and Health
  • ANT 305 Women's Global Health
  • ANT 306 Medicine and Culture
  • BIO 117 Bacteria, Viruses and Humans with Lab
  • BIO 229 Microbiology
  • BIO 246 Human Physiology
  • BIO 340E Medical Microbiology
  • BIO 342 Biostatistics
  • CMC 320 Political Economy of Body and Food
  • COM 330 Health Communication
  • COM 340 Health Policy and Advocacy Communication
  • COM 355 Global Health Communication
  • ECO 285 Introduction to Health Economics
  • ECO 305 Health Economics
  • ENG 190 Literature and Medicine
  • GBH 305A Environmental Health
  • PED 201 Physiology of Exercise and Performance
  • PHI 290 Topic: Medical Ethics
  • POL 223 Power and Diplomacy - The United Nations
  • POL 316 Social and Political Applied Ethics
  • POL 335 Global Health and Human Rights
  • PSY 217 Psychology of Drugs and Addictions with Lab
  • PSY 334 DEV: Foundations of Maternal and Child Health and Wellness
  • SOC 311M Societies and Health through the Life Course

Course of Study

GBH 200 Introduction to Public Health: Introduces health and disease at the population level. Students will learn the concepts and methods for measuring health in populations. They will consider the impact of health care systems, public health systems and broad governmental policies on health and disease patterns.

GBH 300 Introduction to Epidemiology: Introduces the theory methods and practice of epidemiology. Students will learn to interpret epidemiological data and to use epidemiological approaches to investigate communicable and non-communicable diseases and other health problems. Prerequisite: GBH 200 or GBH 310.

GBH/ANT 310 Introduction to Global Health: Examines the roles of biological and social factors in global health issues, paying particular attention to the health needs and concerns of poor and disadvantaged populations. Students will learn about some of the major health concerns of the developing world and look critically at how local and international communities attempt to address those problems.