Overview

The undergraduate major in Global Health Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary perspective to understanding how issues surrounding global health relate to the greater impacts on society, culture, and the environment. This major combines social science and humanist perspectives and crosses the disciplines of anthropology, religious studies, geography, regional studies, classics, history, literature, and sociology.

The GHS major offers two tracks: Global Health in the Humanities (30 credits), Global Health in the Social Sciences (30 credits). The Humanities track will fulfill the Arts & Humanities area of knowledge requirement. The Social Sciences track will fulfill the People & Society area of knowledge requirement. 

Whereas medicine as a field addresses disease diagnosis and care, the field of global health is much broader, and still being defined. Global health in the social sciences encompasses disease prevention, education, health policy, access, and resiliency. Global health in the humanities examines the history and cultural significance of medicine and health from ancient times to today. This major provides students with the opportunity to explore the cultural and social aspects of health and underlying causes that affect the well-being and provide an important interdisciplinary platform for the empirical and theoretical interaction of humanists and social scientists.

Curriculum Requirements

Humanities Track 

(Arts and Humanities)

University General Education Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
MTH 108Precalculus Mathematics II3
People and Society Cognate Courses9
STEM Cognate Courses9
Language Requirement3-9
Minor Requirement15
Electives39
Required Core Course
GHS 201Introduction to Global Health3
Methods Course (Choose 3 credits)3
Hospital Ethnography
Introduction to Social Research
Geographic Research Methods
Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors
Policy Course (Choose 3 credits)3
Applied Health Policy
Globalization and Change in World Politics
Global Health Policy and Ethics
Humanities Track Required Courses (Choose 6 credits)6
Religion and Medicine: Health Care as Spiritual Practice
Religion and Bioethics
Ancient Medicine
Biomedical Ethics
Humanities Track Electives (Choose 9-12 credits)*9-12
Principles of Cultural Anthropology
The Sounds of the World's Languages
The Evolution of Language
Caribbean Cultures
Violence and Ritual
Interpreting Bodies
Methods of Anthropological Research
Medical Terminology
Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World
Magic and the Occult in Antiquity
Sciences in Ancient Greece and Rome
Ancient Medicine
Literature and Medicine
Sociocultural Foundations of Global Health
Hospital Ethnography
Topics in Global Health Studies: Humanities
Advanced Seminar in Global Health Studies: Humanities
Global Health Response to Disasters: From Management to Recovery and Reconstruction
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Gender, Race, and Class
LGBTQ Communities
Issues in Reproductive Medicine
Mental Illness, Gender, and Psychiatry
Gender and Language
Gender and Sexuality in Cultural Context
The Scientific Revolution
Science and Society
Culture, Civilizations and Religion in International Relations
Interdisciplinary Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Interdisciplinary Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies-Travel Course
Topics in Comparative Cultural Studies
Comparative Topics in Gender and Sexuality
Migration Studies
The Caribbean through Literary and Cultural Studies
Studies in Literature, Culture, and Science
Introduction to Philosophy and Health Sciences
Environmental Ethics
History and Philosophy of Science
Biomedical Ethics
Evidence and Knowledge in Medicine
Cultural, Values, Religiosity, and Mental Illness
Religion and Medicine: Health Care as Spiritual Practice
Religion and Gender
Death and Dying
Religion and Science
Religion and Bioethics
Spiritual Healing in the Americas from Controversy to Cure
Medical, Cultural and Bioethical Debates in Spanish
Introduction to Standardized Patient Simulation
Intermediate Standardized Patient Training
Capstone Experience3-6
The capstone experience must focus on issues/experiences related to global or planetary health. Students will be able to choose between the following capstone experiences.
Independent Study in the Humanities
Intercultural Practicum in Global Health
Global Health Studies Senior Thesis I: Humanities
and Global Health Studies Senior Thesis II: Humanities
Global Health Internship
Total Credit Hours120

Social Sciences Track 

(People and Society)

University General Education Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
MTH 108Precalculus Mathematics II3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
STEM Cognate Courses9
Language Requirement3-9
Minor Requirement15
Electives39
Required Core Course
GHS 201Introduction to Global Health3
Methods Course (Choose 3 credits)3
Hospital Ethnography
Introduction to Social Research
Geographic Research Methods
Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors
Policy Course (Choose 3 credits)3
Applied Health Policy
Globalization and Change in World Politics
Global Health Policy and Ethics
Social Sciences Track Required Courses (Choose 6 credits)6
People, Plagues, and Pandemics
Health and Medical Geography
Medical Anthropology
Medical Sociology
Social Sciences Track Electives (Choose 9-12 credits)*9-12
HIV: Sex, Science, and Society
Medicine and Health Care in Society
Evolution of Human Behavior
Folk and Alternative Medicine
Human Adaptation
Drugs and Culture
Medical Anthropology
Human Osteology
Bioarchaeology-Peopling the past
Paleopathology: Health and disease in ancient peoples
Methods of Anthropological Research
Advanced Medical Anthropology
Health Economics
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Human Geography
Health and Medical Geography
Geographic Research Methods
Sustainable Development
Sustainable Food Systems
Hazards and Disasters: The Nature-Society Interface
Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and Society
Landscape Character, Dynamics, Evolution; Influence on Societal Habitation and Risks
Population, Health, and Environment
Population, Sustainability, and the Media
Global Water Security Sustainability
Immigrant and Refugee Health
Climate Change and Public Health
Cities in Time and Space
GIS for Health and Environment
Climate Change and Security
Sociocultural Foundations of Global Health
Hospital Ethnography
People, Plagues, and Pandemics
Topics in Global Health Studies: Social Sciences
Advanced Seminar in Global Health Studies: Social Sciences
Global Health Response to Disasters: From Management to Recovery and Reconstruction
Global Perspectives
World in Crisis
Globalization and Change in World Politics
International Migration and the Health Care System
Globalization and Health
Global Health and International Development
Global Health Policy and Ethics
Disasters, Terrorism and Global Public Health
Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors
Relationships and Health
Interdisciplinary Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Interdisciplinary Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies-Travel Course
Drug Trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean
Refugees and Migrants
Politics of Globalism
Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Political Conflict
Gender and Politics
International Organizations
Social Movements
LGBTI Politics
Sex, Babies, and the State
Relationships and Health
Health Psychology
Cultural, Values, Religiosity, and Mental Illness
Social Epidemiology: Illness and Death in Society
Applied Health Policy
Population and Society
Violence in America
Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
Sociology of Drug Abuse
Aging in Society
Medical Sociology
Health Disparities in the U.S.
Capstone Experience3-6
The capstone experience must focus on issues/experiences related to global or planetary health. Students will be able to choose between the following capstone experiences.
Independent Study in the Social Sciences
Intercultural Practicum in Global Health
Global Health Studies Senior Thesis I: Social Sciences
and Global Health Studies Senior Thesis II: Social Sciences
Global Health Internship
Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
GHS 201 Introduction to Global Health 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Language Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
Arts and Humanities (Social Sciences Track) or People and Society (Humanities Track) Cognate Course 3
GHS Methods Course 3
Language Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Two
Fall
GHS Track Required Course 3
GHS Policy Course 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Language Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GHS Track Elective 3
GHS Track Required Course 3
Arts and Humanities (Social Sciences Track) or People and Society (Humanities Track) Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
GHS Track Required Course 3
GHS Track Elective 3
STEM Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GHS Track Elective 3
Arts and Humanities (Social Sciences Track) or People and Society (Humanities Track) Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
GHS Track Elective 3
GHS Track Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GHS Capstone Course 3
GHS Track Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120
 

Mission

The mission of the Global Health Studies program is to provide students with a multidisciplinary program that combines social science and humanist perspectives across disciplines that include anthropology, religious studies, geography, regional studies, classics, history, literature and sociology. Global health in the social sciences encompasses disease prevention, education, health policy, access and resiliency. In the humanities it examines the history and cultural significance of medicine and health from ancient times to today. Students in this program stand to benefit from the University’s advantageous geographic location that connects people and institutions from everywhere in the world. Miami, and the University, presents students with opportunities to examine the complex world of global health from multiple perspectives, participate in state of the art research, engage with a vibrant local and international community, and collaborate in developing sustainable solutions for global health issues.

Goals

The program aims for students to:
• Understand the complexities of global health issues from the social science and humanist perspectives
• Understand how issues surrounding global health relate to the greater impacts on society, culture and the environment
• Understand the cultural competencies, ethical challenges and sustainable solutions in addressing global health issues
• Understand health policy and governance at the local and global levels
• Acquire leadership and advocacy skills
• Gain quantitative and qualitative research skills to integrate stakeholders and researchers in the design, implementation, and interpretation of community-based participatory studies
• Prepare students to assist private, government, non-profit, and for-profit organizations formulate new global and community health strategies

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of cultural competencies, ethical challenges and sustainable solutions related to global health issues.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods within global health research.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze global health issues from multidisciplinary perspectives, including social, economic, political and environmental factors that shape individual, community, and population health.