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Global Health
  • Student to faculty ratio: 12:1
  • Typical class size: 20-25
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Global Health

Gain an understanding of the relationships between local health conditions and regional or worldwide epidemics with a minor in global health.

The global health minor at JAVĿ¼ provides students with a deeper understanding of international approaches to health care and explores connections between local, regional, or worldwide health conditions.

The field of global health connects the approaches, methods, and philosophies of public health within multicultural communities worldwide. You will study the impacts of political or economic conditions on health as well as the logistical challenges of providing accessible health care resources. Courses will discuss the systemic causes of societal health conditions and investigate the downstream effects of health interventions.

You will consider perspectives on both health and health care in the context of global cultures, and explore the interplay of cultural awareness and political disparities.

Program Overview

The global health minor consists of six courses (18 credits): 3 required courses, 2 electives, and one 3 credit experiential learning component.

Required courses will provide an overview of global health risks and hazards, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of epidemiology. Electives explore the social, biological, and cultural determinants of population-wide health and medicine.

The global health minor requires a for-credit experiential learning activity. This may take one of the following forms:

  • A community health-related community-engaged learning course
  • An internship at a public health organization or agency
  • Research and fieldwork on a relevant global health topic
  • An international study abroad course

All experiential learning projects must be approved by the department chair. A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all coursework within the minor.

Life After JAVĿ¼

The minor in global health complements many majors at JAVĿ¼, including international studies, media and communications, business, and biology to name just a few. Knowledge of global health concepts and trends is of relevance to several professional fields including:

  • International policy
  • Science, medical, and health journalism
  • Health or medical organization communication
  • Risk management
  • Emergency planning and response
  • International business