Global Health Studies (GHS)
In a broad sense the major in Global Health Studies will help you find your calling through international travel, service to others, experiential and service learning, and a close association with faculty mentors.
Specifically, the degree addresses the health of global populations and communities through instruction, service, and community-based projects.
A degree in Global Health Studies will provide you with the skills to analyze the factors underlying domestic and international health challenges, 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.
Mercer’s Global Health Studies program builds skills directly applicable to the field of public health. It furthermore uses the broad curriculum of the College of Liberal Arts to build knowledge in research methods, international relations, and the social and behavioral sciences, with the goal of creating well-rounded graduates who can address public health challenges.”
Global Health Studies is distinctive from other programs!“The Global Health Studies degree is distinct from similar programs at Mercer in that it requires Mercer on Mission, a summer international service learning experience; participation in a yearly seminar series that will be led by a nationally recognized expert on a public health issue, and the successful completion of a community- or internationally-based senior design project. The major in Global Health Studies will prepare you to become a leader in the search for solutions to global health challenges, or to pursue graduate education in law, business, engineering, or public health.”
The major in Global Health Studies will prepare you to become a leader in the search for solutions to global health challenges or to pursue graduate education in law, business, engineering and public health.
Public health is a growing field that touches on everything from epidemiology and infectious diseases to nutrition and diet, examining health collectively. In rich countries, such as the United States, the problems confronted by public health professionals include obesity and diabetes, while in poorer countries, often having access to enough food and proper medical care are the most pressing public health challenges.
“Many of the methods and techniques used to track and address community and global health challenges are similar, making global health an ideal method of studying public health, and imparting valuable global perspectives that are integral to effective public health delivery in our increasingly globalized world.”
In summary, the Global Health Studies program will provide you with a wide variety of experiences, skills, and perspective that will equip you in becoming an important member of the public health professional community.”
What Can I Do With it?
Global Health Studies students explore public health administration, community practice, health policy, health communication, and public health research. While the program proves a broad understanding of all of these focal areas, students often go on to pursue graduate study in more narrow fields, such as Epidemiology, Behavioral Science, Environmental Health, or Population and Family Health.”"
In addition, many pre-medicine students choose Global Health to complement their studies. This coursework prepares students to understand health as it affects both individuals and the population at large. Global Health Studies also prepares students to work with diverse populations, provide international service, and to become more informed citizens of the world.
If you have questions please feel free to contact:
Dr. Eimad Houry
Chair of International and Global Studies (478) 301-2793