Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Global Health Studies (Pre-Med) 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 (Pre-Med) major (24 credits plus pre-med requirements) will fulfill the STEM 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

ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
Calculus Sequence (B.S. Requirement)8
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Calculus Concepts with Foundations A
and Calculus Concepts with Foundations B
and Calculus II
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Arts and Humanities Cognate Courses9
People and Society Cognate Courses9
Language Requirement3-9
Minor Requirement15
GHS Required Core Course
GHS 201Introduction to Global Health3
GHS Methods Course (Choose 3 credits)3
Hospital Ethnography
Introduction to Social Research
Geographic Research Methods
Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors
GHS Policy Course (Choose 3 credits from the following)3
Applied Health Policy
Globalization and Change in World Politics
Global Health Policy and Ethics
GHS Electives 112
Humanities (Choose at least 3 credits from the following)
Religion and Medicine: Health Care as Spiritual Practice
Religion and Bioethics
Ancient Medicine
Biomedical Ethics
Social Sciences (Choose at least 3 credits from the following)
People, Plagues, and Pandemics
Health and Medical Geography
Medical Anthropology
Medical Sociology
Additional GHS Elective Options
HIV: Sex, Science, and Society
Principles of Cultural Anthropology
The Sounds of the World's Languages
Medicine and Health Care in Society
Human Adaptation
Folk and Alternative Medicine
The Evolution of Language
Caribbean Cultures
Drugs and Culture
Violence and Ritual
Medical Anthropology
Human Osteology
Bioarchaeology-Peopling the past
Interpreting Bodies
Paleopathology: Health and disease in ancient peoples
Methods of Anthropological Research
Advanced Medical Anthropology
Medical Terminology
Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World
Magic and the Occult in Antiquity
Sciences in Ancient Greece and Rome
Ancient Medicine
Health Economics
Literature and Medicine
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
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: Humanities
Topics in Global Health Studies: Social Sciences
Advanced Seminar in Global Health Studies: Humanities
Advanced Seminar in Global Health Studies: Social Sciences
Global Health Response to Disasters: From Management to Recovery and Reconstruction
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Gender, Race, and Class
LGBTQ Communities
Gender and Language
Issues in Reproductive Medicine
Mental Illness, Gender, and Psychiatry
Gender and Sexuality in Cultural Context
The Scientific Revolution
Science and Society
Global Perspectives
World in Crisis
Globalization and Change in World Politics
Culture, Civilizations and Religion in International Relations
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
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
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
Biomedical Ethics
Relationships and Health
History and Philosophy of Science
Evidence and Knowledge in Medicine
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
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
Social Epidemiology: Illness and Death in Society
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.
Medical, Cultural and Bioethical Debates in Spanish
Introduction to Standardized Patient Simulation
Intermediate Standardized Patient Training
GHS Capstone Experience 23-6
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
Independent Study in the Social Sciences
Intercultural Practicum in Global Health
Global Health Studies Senior Thesis I: Humanities
and Global Health Studies Senior Thesis II: Humanities
Global Health Studies Senior Thesis I: Social Sciences
and Global Health Studies Senior Thesis II: Social Sciences
Global Health Internship
Pre-Med Requirements
Students must satisfy the requirements of the Office of Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring
(Sample Plan of Study, May Vary with Advising)
Statistics Course3
BIL 150General Biology4
BIL 151General Biology Laboratory1
or BIL 152 HHMI General Biology Laboratory.
BIL 160Evolution and Biodiversity4
BIL 161Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory1
or BIL 162 HHMI Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory.
CHM 121
CHM 113
Principles of Chemistry
and Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHM 221
CHM 205
Introduction to Structure and Dynamics
and Chemical Dynamics Laboratory
5
CHM 222
CHM 206
Organic Reactions and Synthesis
and Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory
6
BMB 401Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences4
PHY 101
PHY 106
College Physics I
and College Physics Laboratory I
4
or PHY 201 University Physics I for the Sciences
PHY 102
PHY 108
College Physics II
and College Physics Laboratory II
4
or PHY 202 University Physics II for the Sciences
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
Total Credit Hours121

Sample Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
 Credit Hours17
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
 Credit Hours17
Year Two
Fall
CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis 4
CHM 206 Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory 2
GHS 201 Introduction to Global Health 3
Language Course 3
 Credit Hours12
Spring
BMB 401 Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences 4
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Three
Fall
PHY 201 University Physics I for the Sciences 4
COS 324 Health Communication 3
GHS 301 Sociocultural Foundations of Global Health 3
Minor Course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
PHY 202 University Physics II for the Sciences 4
SOC 321 Applied Health Policy 3
GHS 310 Hospital Ethnography 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
Minor Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Four
Fall
GHS 312 People, Plagues, and Pandemics 3
REL 161 Religion and Medicine: Health Care as Spiritual Practice 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology 3
Minor Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GHS Capstone Experience 3
Minor Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
Statistics Course 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours121

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.