The Global Health/Public Policy major introduces students to an area of study that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. From the natural sciences, students study 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 focus on 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 Public Policy track in Global Health provides specific additional training in broad policy skills and methods.

Career Path

This major prepares graduates to pursue positions with global health organizations including non-governmental organizations, government agencies, consulting companies, research institutions, and universities. Graduates may also elect to pursue graduate study in global health and public policy.

Divisional Foundation courses:

  • Mathematical Foundations 1
  • Integrated Science 1 & 2
  • Decision Making under Uncertainty
  • Foundational Questions in Social Science

Interdisciplinary Studies courses:

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

Disciplinary Studies courses:

  • International Development and Poverty
  • Global Comparative Health Care Systems
  • Global Health Program Design and Evaluation
  • Global Health Governance
  • Media and Health Communication