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Global Health Minor and Concentration

Description and Purpose

The Center for African Studies, supported by faculty from the schools of Health Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy and Liberal Arts, has created an interdisciplinary Global Health undergraduate minor and an interdisciplinary Global Health graduate concentration.

The overall purpose of the programs will be to prepare emerging leaders in global health with the relevant skills to work within the global health environment and collaboratively with professionals and organizations to address global health challenges. They focus on giving students an awareness of the major factors influencing population health in different parts of our global communities; how to begin addressing the health issues of diverse, vulnerable populations worldwide in healthcare professions and beyond; and to gain appreciation of interdisciplinarity and interprofessionalism.

These programs, though focused on global health, are wide in scope and are meant to provide students with a broad understanding of the field with the intent that they will want to pursue studies in the area more fully.

Program Goals
  • Learn about health, wellness and associated topics within a global context
  • Discover alternative world perspectives on health
  • Gain knowledge to succeed in changing global environments
Undergraduate Minor

Students taking the Global Health undergraduate minor will be required to take a minimum of 15 credits. This credit total must be taken in at least two different disciplines and must include:

  1. Introduction to Global Health course (3 credits).
  2. Three courses (9 credits) in no less than two of the content areas listed below:
    - Health and Wellness
    - Global Applications
    - Languages
  3. A capstone project (3 credits) which may include:
    - Internship
    - Special topic/independent study
    - Study abroad course

This minor is open to all students in the university. Courses taken within the minor may also count toward other degree requirements and may fulfill university and school requirements in accordance with university policy. Students may seek permission to take one special topic/independent study course to fulfill the requirements of the concentration. Existing approved courses within each of the three content areas are available (See Table 2) and further outreach to departments in all schools will be made to ascertain if there are other courses currently available. Students may petition to have a course approved to meet the requirements of the concentration. Approvals for additional courses will be based on whether the course has at least 25% global health content/focus, or if the student can engage in written assignments in the course focusing on global health. A faculty committee comprised of faculty form the schools of Health Science, Nursing and Pharmacy will make decisions regarding such requests.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify and define the landscape and importance of prevalent global health issues.
  2. Develop a critical understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of global health.
  3. Exhibit cultural awareness in interactions related to global health.
  4. Engage with communities, either locally or globally, regarding their health issues.
Graduate Concentration
  1. Students will be required to take 9 credits to fulfill the requirements of the Global Health Graduate Concentration. It is expected that students will be able to fulfill this requirement within their major program of study and will not need to pay for extra credits to complete the concentration.
  2. These 9 credits must be taken in at least two different disciplines and from the courses listed for the program. Courses taken within the concentration may also count toward other degree requirements and may fulfill university and school requirements in accordance with university policy.
  3. Students may petition to have a course approved to meet the requirements of the concentration. Approvals for additional courses will be based on whether the course has at least 40% global health content/focus, or can be adapted on an individual basis to meet this requirement. A faculty committee with representation from the schools of Health Sciences, Nursing and Pharmacy will make decisions regarding such requests.
  4. Students may seek permission to take one special topics/independent study course (of no more than 3 credits) to fulfill the requirement of the concentration.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Integrate knowledge acquired across courses through an interdisciplinary lens.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge to situations related to global health.
  3. Employ skills to address various global health issues appropriate to their profession.
  4. Demonstrate cultural competency appropriate to the professional settings in which they engage.
  5. Navigate the changing environments of global health through adaptation and critical thinking.