The Global Health/Biology major introduces students to global health as an area of study that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. The major combines elements of natural science and social science. From the natural sciences, studies include the physical components of global health, such as biological bases of disease and the underlying factors in the physical world that incubate and spread disease. From the social sciences, classes provide an understanding of the social, political, economic and cultural elements that shape health, such as the study of cultural practices around sickness and healing, and the political factors that may influence international response to epidemics. The Biology track in Global Health provides specific additional training and expertise in the biological sciences.

Career Path

Graduates can enter global health professions at the national or international levels such as non-governmental organizations, government agencies, biotechnology companies, consulting companies, and research institutions, and can pursue graduate study in global health, public policy, biology, public health, law, and policy.

Divisional Foundation courses:

  • Mathematical Foundations 1 & 2
  • Integrated Science 1 & 2
  • Integrated Science 3 & 4
  • Scientific Writing and Communication

Interdisciplinary Studies courses:

  • Introduction to Global Health
  • Global Health Ethics
  • Global Health Research Methods
  • Social Determinants of Health

Disciplinary Studies courses:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Evolution of Infectious Diseases
  • Ecology of Human Health
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Genetics
  • Introduction to Biochemistry