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GLOBAL HEALTH STUDIES (GHS)
Amy Nichols-Belo, Chair/Associate Professor of Global Health and Anthropology
Jacob Kendall, Assistant Professor
Chinekwu Obidoa, Associate Professor
 
Global Health Studies is part of the International and Global Studies Department. For more information about that department please see the INTERNATIONAL AND GLOBAL STUDIES section in this catalog.
The major in Global Health Studies addresses the health of global populations and communities through instruction, service, and community-based research. The major in Global Health Studies is designed to expand and enrich undergraduate educational learning outcomes by incorporating health curricula into liberal education. It provides graduates with the skills to analyze factors underlying domestic and international health challenges and to combine research and service experience with the ability to make difficult social choices, to devise solutions to individual and population-wide health problems, and to implement disease-prevention strategies. It is interdisciplinary in that it draws on fields such as international affairs, law, and the natural and social sciences, giving due consideration to principles of human rights and cultural perspectives that abound in our multicultural country and world.
The successful completion of the interdisciplinary major in Global Health Studies leads to a B.A. degree.
 
Major in Global Health Studies
42-53 semester credit hours minimum
Successful completion of this major fulfills the CLAS Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.
Foundations: 21-32 hours
GHS 200. Introduction to Global Health
GHS 400. Senior Capstone in Global Health
GDS 200. Introduction to Development Theory and Practice
IAF 253. Introduction to International Relations
STA 126. Introductory Statistics
One Cultural Systems course from:
ANT 101. Introduction to General Anthropology
GEO 111. Principles of Human Geography
One Economic Systems course from:
ECN 150. Principles of Microeconomics
ECN 151. Principles of Macroeconomics
One Foreign Language sequence (0-11 hrs): CHN/FRE/GER/SPN 111-112-251
(All or part of a FRE/GER/SPN sequence may be exempted by achieving a specific score on the foreign language placement exam.)
Subject Area Electives: 21 hours
Choose 2 courses, one of which must be GHS, from each block and 1 additional course from any of the blocks.
Issues in Global Health
GDS 303. Resources, Climate Change, and Development
GHS 300. Global Health Challenges
GHS 320. Environmental Health
GHS 325. Mental Health around the World
GHS 326. Thanatology: Mortality, Dying, and Death
GHS 327. Non-Communicable Disease and Aging
GHS/WGS 375. Maternal and Child Health
IGS 380. Advanced Topics in Global Studies (with departmental approval)
PHI 293. Bioethics
PSY 221. Health Psychology
Health in Culture and Context
GHS/ANT 310. Medical Anthropology
GHS/WGS 345. Health and Gender
GHS 370. Health in Africa
GHS 371. Health in Asia
GHS 372. Health in Latin America
GHS 374. Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations
IGS 380. Advanced Topics in Global Studies (with departmental approval)
SOC 323. Medical Sociology
Global Health Research and Practice
GHS 331. Introduction to Demography
GHS 332. Qualitative Methods for Health Research
GHS 330. Epidemiology
GHS 350. Global Health Policy and Diplomacy
GHS 355. Medical Geography
GHS 365. International Public Health Interventions
IGS 301. Research Design
IGS 402. Senior Project
Experiential Requirement
One option below, with prior approval from the IGS chair:
Traditional term-long study abroad
Mercer on Mission trip with IGS eligible courses (GHS, IAF, and/or GDS)
Faculty-led study-abroad experience
International or internationally oriented internship
 
Minor in Global Health
18 semester credit hours minimum
GHS 200. Introduction to Global Health
One course from each of the three blocks of electives in the major
Two additional GHS courses selected from any of the three blocks
A minimum of 6 hours must be taken in courses at the 300-level or above.
 
GHS 101. Nutrition (3 hours)
This is an introductory course on human nutrition that emphasizes practical applications such as planning for normal nutrition through the life cycle, special needs of the elderly, children and pregnant women, sanitation of food, legislation, and labeling as it affects the food supply. The physiological, psychological, and economic aspects of obtaining an adequate diet as they relate to the changing needs of an individual will be discussed in addition to the relationship of nutrients to health and fitness. Current nutritional issues and controversies and food patterns of cultures and religions may also be discussed. (Every semester)
GHS 200. Introduction to Global Health (3 hours)
An interdisciplinary introduction to Global Health and International Health. The course examines the global burden of disease and the complex social, economic, political, environmental, and biological factors that structure the origins, consequences, and treatments of disease. This course emphasizes concrete and culturally-sensitive approaches to improving global health. (Every semester)
GHS 300. Global Health Challenges (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An interdisciplinary and in-depth exploration of contemporary and historical problems in global health. Particular focus will be placed on theorizing global health disparities, analyzing specific case studies, and developing appropriate solutions to complex issues. This course may include a service-learning component. (Every two years)
GHS 310. Medical Anthropology (3 hours)
(Same as ANT 310)
Prerequisites: GHS 200 and ANT 101, or consent of instructor.
An anthropological and cross-cultural approach to understanding lived experiences of disease, sociocultural factors which influence health and well-being, and differing forms of healing practice. Course case studies will demonstrate sociocultural, biocultural, and critical approaches to medical anthropology. (Every two years)
GHS 320. Environmental Health (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An overview of environmental health from local to global, addressing fundamental topics and current debates. This course examines the collective impact of the environment (natural and man-made) on human health. Students will learn about regulatory and social approaches for responding to environmental threats to human health. This course may include a service-learning component. (Every year)
GHS 325. Mental Health around the World (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An interdisciplinary overview of mental health around the world from the perspectives of disciplines in the biomedical and social sciences. Topics include different categories of mental health disorders, the epidemiology of mental health disorders in different world regions, approaches to address mental health challenges in various sociocultural contexts, and beliefs about mental health based on ethnographic findings from cultures around the world. (Every two years)
GHS 326. Thanatology: Mortality, Dying, and Death (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
A focus on thanatology—mortality, dying, death, and grief—from a variety of disciplinary perspectives from the biomedical and social sciences. Topics include the demography and epidemiology of mortality in global perspective; different customs related to dying, death, and body disposition in various cultures around the world; grief counseling and therapy; and understanding dying and death from biomedical and healthcare perspectives. (Every two years)
GHS 327. Non-Communicable Disease and Aging (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An interdisciplinary overview of non-communicable diseases and aging in a global context from the perspectives of disciplines in the biomedical and social sciences. Topics include different categories of, treatments for, and global and regional patterns of non-communicable diseases and neoplasms. (Every two years)
GHS 330. Epidemiology (3 hours)
Prerequisites: STA 126 and GHS 200.
A survey of the concepts, methods, and applications of epidemiology with particular focus on global health. The course stresses study design, bio-statistical analysis, and application to surveillance, prevention, and health policy design. (Every year, fall semester)
GHS 331. Introduction to Demography (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An introduction to the history of demography and its development into an independent and important discipline. Topics include discussion of the major demographic processes of fertility, mortality, migration, population aging, and urbanization; the basic methodologies of demographers; an overview of common types of data used by demographers; and population trends over time in different world regions. (Every two years)
GHS 332. Qualitative Methods for Health Research (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An introduction to the theory and practice of qualitative and mixed methods for health research. Students will be exposed to research exemplars, learn how to design ethical qualitative research projects, and practice using methods such as interviewing, focus groups, and participant-observation. (Every two years)
GHS 345. Health and Gender (3 hours)
(Same as WGS 345)
Prerequisite: GHS 200 or WGS 180.
An interdisciplinary examination of the gendered dimensions of health in the global context. The course will explore such topics as sexual and gender identity, gender-based violence, sexually-transmitted infections, pregnancy prevention, and infertility. (Every two years)
GHS 350. Global Health Policy and Diplomacy (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Completion of a 300-level GHS course or consent of instructor.
An introduction to the process of developing and implementing global health policy. The course provides a framework for understanding the social, political, and economic dimensions of key global health policies and introduces the concepts and techniques of global health diplomacy. Students will develop skills in policy brief development, analysis, and evaluation through the exploration of a variety of contemporary case studies. (Every year)
GHS 355. Medical Geography (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200 or GEO 111.
Medical geography is the study of the geographic distribution of health, disease and illness, and their determinants. Students will be introduced to basic geographic concepts and techniques used to investigate a variety of health-related issues. Using theoretical frameworks in the fields of spatial and social epidemiology, students will learn about how place/location functions as a major determinant of health. Students will learn how to apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to global health problems. (Every two years)
GHS 365. International Public Health Interventions (3 hours)
Prerequisites: GHS 200 and a 300-level GHS course.
This course seeks to equip students with relevant skills necessary for responding to public health challenges in international settings. Students will be introduced to the frameworks, principles and strategies for developing, implementing, and evaluating international public health programs and interventions. Using a hands-on problem and solution-based approach, students will acquire practical and technical skills to conceptualize and design community and population-based public health interventions that can be applied to a variety of health problems, such as disaster and emergency response, nutrition, child well-being, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health. (Every two years)
GHS 370. Health in Africa (3 hours)
(Same as AFR 370)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An interdisciplinary examination of health on the African continent. This course will examine such topics as disease burden, globalization, traditional healing systems, and the roles of history, culture, politics, and economics in shaping African health. Drawing from practical case studies from different countries, students will learn about how these multiple determinants of health intersect in shaping health and well-being on the continent. (Every two years)
GHS 371. Health in Asia (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An interdisciplinary examination of health in Asia. This course will examine such topics as disease burden, globalization, traditional healing systems, and the roles of history, culture, politics, and economics in shaping health in Asia. Using case studies from different countries, students will learn how these multiple determinants of health intersect in shaping health and wellbeing in the region. (Every two years)
GHS 372. Health in Latin America (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An interdisciplinary examination of health in Latin America. This course will examine such topics as disease burden, globalization, traditional healing systems, and the roles of history, culture, politics, and economics in shaping Latin American health. Using case studies from different countries, students will learn how these multiple determinants of health intersect in shaping health and wellbeing in the region. (Every two years)
GHS 374. Vulnerable and Oppressed Populations (3 hours)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An interdisciplinary examination of the health issues faced by members of “at-risk” groups that are based on race and ethnicity, aging, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and religious affiliation. Experiential learning accomplished through engagement with individuals and organizations in the community is an important component of the course. (Every two years)
GHS 375. Maternal and Child Health (3 hours)
(Same as WGS 375)
Prerequisite: GHS 200.
An exploration of maternal, neonatal, and child morbidity and mortality in the global context, with emphasis on conditions in developing nations. This course will focus on the sociocultural, political, and economic causes of poor maternal and child health, while introducing students to approaches in MCH health prevention, promotion, and program design. (Every two years)
GHS 400. Senior Capstone in Global Health (3 hours)
Prerequisite: Senior standing in the GHS major or consent of instructor.
A culminating senior experience for GHS majors. Students will work collaboratively to synthesize content and apply knowledge gained in prior coursework to global health issues. Skills necessary for post-graduate transition will also be emphasized. Students eligible for departmental honors may substitute this course with IGS 402. (Every year)