Global Health

Steering Committee:  Jeff Anderson, Ellen Block, Mani Campos, Roy Ketchum, and Brittany Merritt

The Global Health Minor at CSB/SJU is a 20 credit interdisciplinary program that teaches students to think critically about global health challenges and solutions to global health problems. The program emphasizes the contributions that the social sciences and humanities – such as anthropology, sociology, history, communications and psychology – can make to understanding human experiences of health, illness and healing.

Students with a global health minor will be prepared for a wide variety of careers both locally and internationally in healthcare, public health, non-profit work and more.

  • Public Health
  • Medical School
  • Peace Corps/humanitarian agencies/NGOs
  • International Services/development/program management/disaster relief
  • Social Work/Social Services with diverse populations
  • Public policy/healthcare policy/policy analyst/consultant/government agencies
  • Health administration/health economics
  • Public nutrition/food security

Global Health minor (20 credits)

The requirements for the minor, which follows the structure of similar high-quality minors at CSB/SJU, are as follows (students should take no more than 8 credits from the same department):

Foundation Course (4 credits, required)
  • Global Health, Culture, and Inequality (SOCI 277A or HIST 279E)
Core Courses in Global Health (at least 1 course/4 credits)
  • The Medical Professional in the Modern World (ETHS 390-05A, IC TBD)
  • Medicine, Empire, and Global Health (HIST 305, CSDS)
  • Global Voices: Health and Justice in the Hispanic World (HISP 356, HE, Justice Encounter)
  • Medical Anthropology (SOCI 323, SW)

Two additional electives either from Core Courses (above) or Perspective Courses (see following list):

Perspective Courses on Global Health
  • Comparative Health Care Policy (POLS 350E, CSDS)
  • Intercultural Health Communication (COMM 353, CSDS)
  • Health Communication (COMM 352, SW, Truth Encounter)
  • Global Malnutrition and Disease (NUTR 326, SW, Truth Encounter)
  • Health Psychology (PSYC 343)
  • Public Health Nutrition: Infancy Through Aging (NUTR 323, SW Justice Encounter)
  • Creative Writing: Clinical Encounters I and II (ENGL 206, AE, and ENGL 207 HE, EX)
  • Transnational Anthropology (SOCI 378A, SW, Movement Focus)
  • Missionaries and Empire (HIST 328/THEO 319i, Theological Integrations)
  • Clinical Nursing IV: Implementing Community-Based Nursing Care (NRSG 303, CSDS)
  • Study abroad courses with health focus (approved by GH advisor)

Note - At least two courses must be at the upper level 300-level and higher

Targeted Elective (4 credits)

Students and advisors will work together to find a 4-credit course that connects the student’s geographic, topical, or disciplinary areas of interest to their interests in Global Health. A study abroad course may count as a Targeted Elective. Courses in the Global Health Core and Perspective groups can also count as a Targeted Elective.

Experiential Learning

Experiential learning related to global health is strongly recommended in the US or abroad. Students can complete their EXP/internship for credit if helpful to complete their degree, but it is not required.

Additional Requirements
  • At least two courses must be at the upper level (300-level and higher)
  • A maximum of 8 credits from any single department can count towards the GH minor
Targeted Electives Courses

Global Health faculty will work with students to identify a fifth course that fits with their regional, topical or disciplinary interests related to Global Health. The following list are some examples of classes that could complement the Foundation, Core, and Perspective courses listed above.

  • SOCI 337Q Cultural Journeys in Latin America
  • SOCI 324: Anthropology of Africa
  • POLS 121 Introduction to International Relations
  • POLS 347 Latin American Politics
  • ASIA 200 Introduction to Asian Studies
  • HIST 115 Modern East Asia
  • HIST 121 Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas: From Indigenous Empires to Conquered Peoples
  • HIST 322 Mexico from Independence to Today
  • HIST 323/THEO 317 Religion in Latin America
  • HIST 329: Guns, Gold, and Slaves: Africa and the British Empire
  • HIST 355 Slavery in the Atlantic World
  • LLAS 270 Readings in Latino/Latin American Studies
  • ENVR 300Q Environmental Health
  • ENVR 300U Gender, Development & the Environment
  • GBUS 201 Principles of Management in a Global Context
  • GBUS 300 Global Enterprise
  • GBUS 330 International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior
  • GBUS 336 Doing Business in Africa
  • GEND 381 Sex and Gender in Global Perspectives
  • COMM 387C Fat Studies
  • NRSG 343 Core Concepts IV: Integration of the Levels of Prevention