Global & Public Health

The domestic and international environment calls for study and action to protect the health of all, especially those suffering from inadequate care due to inequality, disease, discrimination, the environment and war.

This interdisciplinary minor allows students to identify the factors influencing health promotion and disease prevention, explain how human rights and ethics intersect with public and global health and relate the environmental and social determinants of health to vulnerable populations locally and globally. The minor includes a brand new, introductory course, Perspectives on Global & Public Health, that discusses health challenges as related to poverty, access, ethics and war, as well as psychological issues such as smoking drinking and mental health care as related to the social environments of race, class and gender. 


Course Requirements for a minor in Global & Public Health

Required Course
  • IDS1201 Perspectives on Global & Public Health (new course)
Four additional courses, at least one from each of the following sections:

Health Sciences

  • BIOL1211 Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • BIOL2121 Human Health and the Environment
  • NURS3700 Nursing in the Community (Nursing Students Only) 
  • BIOL1215 Introduction to Nutrition
  • BIOL1112 Biology and Society
  • BIOL2115 Determinants of Health and Disease
  • BIOL2113 Human Nutrition

Social and International Perspectives

  • ECON 3113 Economics of Health Care
  • POLSC3403 Human Issues in International Relations
  • POLSC3209 Public Policy, the Law and Psychology
  • SOC2103 Qualitative Methods
  • SOC2104 Quantitative Methods
  • SOC2123 Health Care: Systems, Structures and Cultures
  • SOC2200 Drugs & Society
  • POLSC/SOC2705 Sustainable Development: Paradigms and Policies
  • PSYCH2405 Health Psychology
  • PSYCH 3210 Child Psychopathology
  • PSYCH 3212 Adult Psychopathology

Health Humanities

  • ENGL 3806 Health Communication
  • THRS2305 South Africa: Ethics, Religion and Global Health
  • LANG 1411 Beginning Spanish for Healthcare Professionals 1 
  • LANG 2412 Spanish at Work in the Health Care Community
  • PHIL1205 Healthcare Ethics
  • NURS3114 Culture and Diversity in Health Care  (Nursing Students Only) 

With a minor in Global & Public Health students will be able to:

  1. Identify the factors influencing health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Explain how human rights and ethics intersect with public and global health.
  3. Relate the environmental and social determinants of health to vulnerable populations locally and globally.
  4. Evaluate research data related to health issues locally and globally.
  5. Explain the socio-political challenges of access to care locally and globally.
  6. Analyze the complexities of communication in public and global health.

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