Global Health Studies Program Requirements

Global Health Scholars complete an interdisciplinary course of study, encompassing biological, cultural, economic, historical, political, and social issues relevant to global health. The program provides students with the opportunity to comprehensively interrogate critical topics in global health.

In the summer after junior year, scholars are eligible to receive fellowship funding from the Global Health Program to undertake elective field experiences or internships in global health. During their senior year, scholars will complete a senior essay or senior project.

In 2019, changes are being made to the program, allowing for an expansion of the global health cohort.  We will no longer require students to undertake summer research projects or summer internships as capstone projects; we are still making funding available for students who decide to undertake a global health-related project over the summer of their junior year.

Below are detailed the required curriculum, for 2020 and 2021 scholars.


Required Curriculum for Class of 2021 Scholars and Future Cohorts
  1. HLTH 230: Global Health: Challenges and Responses (required, any year)
  2. Global Health Colloquium (required, senior year)
  3. Four elective courses that, together with the student’s major, allow the student to achieve global health competencies across the following themes:
  • Biological & Environmental Influences on Health
  • Health & Societies
  • Historical Approaches
  • Performance, Representation & Health
  • Political Economy & Governance in Health
  • Understanding & Interpreting Quantitative Data

The four elective courses cannot overlap with the required courses of the student’s major.

Students are expected to apply to the Global Health Scholar MAP through an online form, and also register online their elective courses for review by the GHS Program.


Required Curriculum for Class of 2020 Scholars
  1. HLTH 230: Global Health: Challenges and Responses (spring)
    Instructor: Kristina Talbert-Slagle
  2. HLTH 240: Epidemiology and Public Health (spring)
    Instructor: Marney White
  3. HLTH 325: Methods and Ethics in Global Health Research* (fall of junior year)
    Instructor: Leslie Curry
  4. Elective (must be approved by the Global Health Studies Program Director)
  5. Elective (must be approved by the Global Health Studies Program Director)
  6. Senior Capstone Course: fall or spring of senior year: all GHS seniors must choose one of the two following options:

Option 1: HLTH 490: Global Health Research Colloquium (fall of senior year)
Instructor: Leslie Curry

Option 2: Global Health Justice: Advocacy, Power, and Change (spring 2020)
Instructor: Alice Miller in collaboration with Steve Whittaker
This course will replace HLTH 450: Grand Strategy and Global Health and will provide GHS seniors the opportunity to comprehensively interrogate critical topics at the intersection of global health, policy and justice with a focus on advocacy as a tool, and health equity as a goal.