Courses

GHS 101. Nutrition (3 hours)

This is an introductory course on human nutrition that emphasizes practical applications such as planning for normal nutrition through the life cycle, special needs of the elderly, children and pregnant women, sanitation of food, legislation, and labeling as it affects the food supply. The physiological, psychological and economic aspects of obtaining an adequate diet as they relate to the changing needs of an individual will be discussed in addition to the relationship of nutrients to health and fitness. Current nutritional issues and controversies and food patterns of cultures and religions may also be discussed. (Every semester)

 

GHS 200 (3 hours)/GHS 200R (4 hours). Introduction to Global Health

Prerequisite for GHS 200R: C or better in INT 101 or GBK 101.

An interdisciplinary introduction to Global Health and International Health. The course examines the global burden of disease and the complex social, economic, political, environmental, and biological factors that structure the origins, consequences, and treatments of disease. This course emphasizes concrete and culturally-sensitive approaches to improving global health. The four-hour, R-designated course satisfies the writing instruction (WRT) requirement. (Every semester)

 

GHS 300. Global Health Challenges (3 hours)

Prerequisite: GHS 200.

An interdisciplinary and in-depth exploration of contemporary and historical problems in global health. Particular focus will be placed on theorizing global health disparities, analyzing specific case studies, and developing appropriate solutions to complex issues. This course may include a service-learning component. (Every two years)

 

GHS 310. Medical Anthropology (3 hours)

Same as ANT 310.

Prerequisite: GHS 200 and ANT 101, or instructor Permission.

An anthropological and cross-cultural approach to understanding lived experiences of disease, sociocultural factors which influence health and well-being, and differing forms of healing practice. Course case studies will demonstrate sociocultural, biocultural, and critical approaches to medical anthropology. (Every two years)

 

GHS 320. Environmental Health (3 hours)

Prerequisite: GHS 200.

An overview of environmental health from local to global, addressing fundamental topics and current debates. This course examines the collective impact of the environment (natural and man-made) on human health. Students will learn about regulatory and social approaches for responding to environmental threats to human health. This course may include a service-learning component. (Every year)

 

GHS 330. Epidemiology (3 hours)

Prerequisites: STA 126 and GHS 200.

A survey of the concepts, methods, and applications of epidemiology with particular focus on global health. The course stresses study design, biostatistical analysis, and application to surveillance, prevention, and health policy design. (Every year, fall semester)

 

GHS 345. Health and Gender (3 hours)

(Same as WGS 345)

Prerequisites: GHS 200 or WGS 180.

An interdisciplinary examination of the gendered dimensions of health in the global context. The course will explore such topics as sexual and gender identity, gender-based violence, sexuality-transmitted infections, pregnancy prevention, and infertility. (Every two years)

 

GHS 350. Global Health Policy (3 hours)

Prerequisite: GHS 320 or GHS 330, or Instructor Permission.

This course introduces students to global health policy. It examines the process of developing and implementing global health policy, and introduces a framework for understanding the social, political and economic dimensions of key global health policies. Students will develop skills in policy analysis, policy brief development, and policy evaluation through the exploration of a variety of contemporary global health policy case studies. (Every year)

 

GHS 355. Medical Geography (3 hours)

Prerequisite: GHS 200 or GEO 111.

Medical geography is the study of the geographic distribution of health, disease & illness and their determinants. Students will be introduced to basic geographic concepts and techniques used to investigate a variety of health-related issues. Using theoretical frameworks in the fields of spatial and social epidemiology, students will learn about how place/location functions as a major determinant of health. Students will learn how to apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to global health problems. (Every two years)

 

GHS 365. International Public Health Interventions (3 hours)

Prerequisites: GHS 200 and a 300-level GHS course.

This course seeks to equip students with relevant skills necessary for responding to public health challenges in international settings. Students will be introduced to the frameworks, principles and strategies for developing, implementing and evaluating international public health programs and interventions. Using a hands-on-problem and solution-based approach, students will acquire practical and technical skills to conceptualize and design community and population based public health interventions that can be applied to a variety of health problems such as: disaster and emergency response, nutrition, child wellbeing, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health. (Every two years)

 

GHS 370. Health in Africa (3 hours)

Same as AFR 370

Prerequisite: GHS 200.

An interdisciplinary examination of health on the African continent. This course will examine such topics as disease burden, globalization, traditional healing systems, and the roles of history, culture, politics, and economics in shaping African health. Drawing from practical case studies from different countries, students will learn about how these multiple determinants of health intersect in shaping health and wellbeing in the continent. (Every two years)

 

GHS 375. Maternal and Child Health (3 hours)

(Same as WGS 375)

Prerequisite: GHS 200.

An exploration of maternal, neonatal, and child morbidity and mortality in the global context, with emphasis on conditions in developing nations. This course will focus on the sociocultural, political, and economic causes of poor maternal and child health, while introducing students to approaches in MCH health prevention, promotion, and program design. (Every two years)