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    Global Health

    Applicable for the 2019-2020 academic year.


    This minor would encompass interests of students from a wide range of departments: Biology, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, and Anthropology. The interdisciplinary nature of this minor would benefit students, faculty, and graduates alike as our perspective on health gains growing salience across the world.

    Minor Requirements

    Six credits in total required.

    Category One: Sustainability/Development (at least one unit)

    • EC390 Advanced Topics in Economics: Global Public Health and Economic Development
    • AN209 Topics in Anthropology: Anthropology of Global Health*
    • EC337 Economic Development
    • EC341 Ecological Economics and Sustainability
    • PS253 Intro to International Development
    • SO116 Global Inequality
    • SO247 Sociology of Developing Countries

    Category Two: Medicine (at least one unit)

    • BY100 Ethics of Genetics
    • BY107 Biology of Microbes
    • BY363 Virology
    • BY304 Immunology
    • BY463 Seminar in Bacteriology
    • SO246 Sociology of Health and Medicine*
    • AN202 Human Biological Variation
    • AN209 Topics in Anthropology: Medical Anthropology
    • SS125 Intro to Human Nutrition.

    Category Three: Policy (at least one unit)

    • PS203 Politics of Global Health*
    • SO218 Political Sociology
    • PS358 Environment, Health, and Security*
    • EV373 Public Policymaking (FG321 or PS321)
    • PS375 Intro to International Political Economy

    The Integrative Experience

    Students must have completed at least four credits in the minor to undertake the integrative experience. The integrative experience may take several forms, delineated below:

    1. It may be an approved thesis or tutorial paper within their major. Counts as one of the six credits.
    2. The student may take one of several integrative courses in the minor (denoted by an asterisk), with the stipulation that they be a declared health minor at the time. This would entail a significant piece of work for that course, such as a major 25+ page research paper. One credit.
    3. In lieu of the prior options, the student may complete an approved global health internship that is the equivalent of a full-time internship of at least four weeks in length, and one that results in a final paper. Specific internship and paper requirements to be determined by faculty directors. One credit. (Note, we are currently in discussions with Summer Session about a possible internship offering.)
    4. If options one through three do not apply, the student can apply to complete an independent study with a faculty member during senior year. One credit.


    It is strongly recommended that students include at least one block in Statistics (either MA117 Probability and Statistics or BY220 Biostatistics) and/or blocks that include Geographic Information System training (e.g., SO246 or EV127 Intro to GIS).

    There exists some flexibility with the minor with the approval of the two official advisors. Other courses may count towards the minor with their consent. Also, should students wish to work with an advisor from a different department, this can also be approved by the aforementioned. Although this is a two-block course, it would only count as one requirement towards the minor.