College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Global and Comparative Public Health

Program Option

Global and Comparative Public Health web site

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2023-2024 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

The Global and Comparative Public Health (GCPH) Concentration provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of health from a global perspective. This enhanced and thorough approach combines knowledge and practice from disciplines in the social and natural sciences and humanities, resulting in a comprehensive experience applicable to the academic, professional, and personal goals of students who complete the concentration

Through the GCPH concentration, students will learn to:

  1. Identify how the determinants of health, such as biological, cultural, environmental, economic, political, institutional, and social factors affect the health status of different populations;
  2. Evaluate various public health interventions that may influence the health of populations;
  3. Explain how the health status of a given population is interdependent with the health of all populations globally;
  4. Explain how the indicators of health of a given population may be assessed.

The GCPH concentration complements various majors, including biology; biochemistry, cell and molecular biology; pharmacy; health sciences; occupational therapy; athletic training; 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

Students must complete 12 credit hours of electives for the concentration.  At least three (3) credit hours must come from Natural Science electives and at least three (3) credit hours must come from Humanities/Social Science electives.  

Students seeking to transfer courses from other colleges or universities must complete the GCPH course transfer request form.

No more than three (3) credits may be transferred towards the concentration from other colleges or universities.

Students completing the 4-course sequence in Foundations of Interpreting (Course numbers here) are advised that only one (1) course may be counted towards the concentration.

Students are advised that for study abroad courses and experiential rotations, only three (3) credits may be counted towards the concentration.

Students are advised that some courses are not taught in both semesters, some courses are taught on an every-other-basis, some courses have pre-requisites, and some courses may be restricted to students in specific years or programs of study.  Students are advised to consult the appropriate web pages to determine if a given course will be taught during any given semester.

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 092 - Introduction to Ethnobotany 3
BIO 108 - Emerging Infectious Disease 3
BIO 111 - Evolved Foodways 3
BIO 117 - Ecology  3
BIO 118 - Ecology Lab 1
BIO 140 - Biological Research & Statistical Methods 3
BIO 145 – Medicinal Ethnobotany and Lab 3+1
STATS 060 – Statistics in Life Sciences 3
PHAR 173 ** – Public Health Needs Assessment 3
Social Sciences/Humanities  

BUS 067 - Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. or
HIST 067 - Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa. or

HONR 067 - Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

HIST 185 - Public Health & Medical History 3
HSCI 025 – Intro to US Healthcare System 3
HSCI 102 – Principles of Health Economics 3
HSCI 105 – Values & Ethics in Health Sciences 3
HSCI 106 – Cultural Care & Health Literacy 3
HSCI 108 – Introduction to US Health Care 3
HSCI 147 – International Health Topics India Trip 3
HSCI 153 – Health & Development 3
PHAR 171 – Healthcare Policies & Systems 3
PHAR 285 – P4 rotations in Belize, China, India, South Africa 3
PHIL124 – Health & Social Justice 3
PHIL 124 – Health & Social Justice 3
PHIL151 – Environmental Justice 3
POLS 109 – Coronavirus Governmental Responses Across the World  3
POLS 119 - Healthcare, Welfare & Social Policy 3
SCSA 145 – Global Reproductive Politics  3
SCSA 175 – Medical Anthropology 3
SCSS 076 – Inequality in Public Health 3
SCSS 081 – Medical Sociology 3
SCSS 181 – Death & Society 3
SPAN 135 – Spanish Medical Terminology 3
SPAN 154 – Cultural Health Perspectives 3
WLC 148 – Intercultural Communication  3
XXX### Foundations of Interpreting 1 3
XXX### Foundations of Interpreting 2 3
XXX### Foundations of Interpreting 3 3
XXX### Foundations of Interpreting 4 3
Total 21

* This course number may change in the future. Students should enroll by course name.

**No longer offered as of Spring 2023

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.