College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Global and Comparative Public Health

Program Option

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The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2022-2023 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

A concentration in Global and Comparative Public Health (G.C.P.H.) prepares students to be active participants in improving the health of their own and other communities worldwide. Students will gain an understanding of the determinants of the health of populations; the available options to improve the health of populations; and the evidence demonstrating the efficacy of these options.

Through the GCPH concentration, students will learn to:

  1. Identify the determinants of health. These determinants will include but are not limited to biological, environmental, economic, political, institutional and social factors;
  2. Describe the various public health interventions that may influence the health of populations and differentiate between them;
  3. Explain how the health status of a given population is interdependent with the health of all populations globally;
  4. Explain and give examples of how culture relates to health and apply this knowledge to conversations abojut health in different settings;
  5. Explain how the indicators of health of a given population may be assessed;
  6. Analyze the relationship between health and social justice;
  7. Describe the factors (social and cultural) that affect the relevant behaviors of a population;
  8. Devise the questions that may be asked to examine the health of a population;
  9. Apply evidence-based thinking to population health concerns.

The G.C.P.H. concentration complements various majors, including Biology, BCMB, Pharmacy, Health Sciences, International Relations, Politics, Law, Politics and Society, Sociology, Environmental Science and Policy, and Philosophy. Students who complete the program will be well prepared for graduate study and/or careers in fields related to public health.

Global and Comparative Public Health Concentration

A total of 21 credits are required, distributed as follows (see course catalog to identify any prerequisites for listed courses):

Course Credits
Required Courses 9
HSCI 143 - Introduction to Epidemiology 3
HSCI 144 - Introduction to Public Health 3
POLS 127 - Global Health 3
Electives - choose at least one course from the Natural Sciences list and one course from the Social Science/Humanities list: 12
Natural Sciences  
BIO 021 - Biological Basis of Disease 3
BIO 092 - Introduction to Ethnobotany 3
BIO 108 - Emerging Infectious Disease 3
BIO 111 - Evolved Foodways 3
BIO 182 - Immunology 3
CHEM 012 - Food and Health 3
Social Sciences and Humanities  
HIST 194 - Public Health History 3
HSCI 142 - Community Health Education 2
HSCI 153 - Health and Development 3
PHIL 124 - Health and Social Justice 3
PHIL 151 - Environmental Justice 3
POLS 169 - Critical Perspectives on Public Health Policy 3
SCSA 138 - Global Reproductive Politics 3
SCSS 071 - Environmentalism in the United States 3
SCSS 076 - Inequality and Public Health 3
SCSS 145 - Food and Society 3
SPAN 165 - Spanish for Health Care Providers 1-3
WLC 148 - Intercultural Communication 3

Experiential Learning - (Local or international) Experiential learning is NOT a required part of the concentration. However, credit-bearing experiences that have been approved ahead of time may count as an elective under either Natural Sciences or Social Sciences/Humanities, depending upon content.

With the exception of the pre-approved experiences listed below, the following guidelines apply:

1. Experiences that do not receive academic credit cannot be counted.

2. Academic credit must be arranged beforehand either through Drake (e.g., an internship or independent study arranged through a college, school or department and supervised by an instructor) or through a study abroad provider.

3. The student requesting that a credited experience be counted toward GCPH elective requirements must present the GCPH Director with a description of the experience, a brief written justification explaining why the student believes that the experience meet the learning objectives of the GCPH program and a letter of support from either the student’s academic adviser or the instructor who will supervise the experience. These materials must be submitted prior to the experience. The GCPH Director will make the final determination of whether the experience qualifies for GCPH elective credit.

4. Experiential credit may replace one elective course, but not more than one.

The following courses - open to Pharmacy students only - are pre-approved for 3 credits under experiential learning for GCPH elective credit under Natural Science:

  • PHAR 285 Hillside Clinic - Belize
  • PHAR 285 Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences - India
  • PHAR 285 University of KwaZulu-Natal - South Africa
Total 21

Students may declare the concentration by filling out a form through their college administrative office.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.