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. 

View the 2021-2022 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions.

Course Requirements for a minor in Global & Public Health

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

Health Sciences

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

Social and International Perspectives

  • ECON3113 Economics of Health Care
  • NURS3600 Culture and Diversity in Health Care (DM) (Nursing Students Only) 
  • POLSC2613 Law, Health and Public Policy
  • POLSC3403 Human Issues in International Relations
  • POLSC/SOC2705 Sustainable Development: Paradigms and Policies
  • PSYCH2405 Health Psychology
  • PSYCH3210 Child Psychopathology
  • PSYCH3212 Adult Psychopathology
  • SOC2103 Qualitative Methods OR SOC2104 Quantitative Methods (QR) 
  • SOC2123 Health Care: Systems, Structures and Cultures
  • SOC2200 Drugs & Society

Health Humanities

  • ENGL3806 Health Communication (SJ) 
  • LANG1411 Beginning Spanish for Healthcare Professionals I 
  • LANG2412 Spanish at Work in the Health Care Community
  • PHIL1205 Healthcare Ethics (M) (ER)
  • THRS2305 South Africa: Ethics, Religion and Global Health

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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