Pre-Med Track

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Students who wish to simultaneously study global health and complete the Pre-Health requirements for entrance into Medical School, should pursue the Bachelor of Science option.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Global Health Studies

The B.S. in Global Health Studies offers a pre-medical (pre-med) track for those students who are also completing the requirements established by the Office of Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring.

Students should consult with the Office of Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring, as well as the Director of Global Health Studies, when selecting courses for this major. The B.S. program incorporates coursework in both the humanities and the social sciences, as well as the rigorous STEM requirements of a pre-medical program.

Track in Pre-Med

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  • Required Core Course

    GHS 101 - Introduction to Global Health Studies

  • Methods Course (Choose 1)

    APY 501 - Research Methods in Anthropology

    EPS 371 - Applied Social Research Methods

    GEG 306 - Geographic Research Methods

    SOC 210 - Introduction to Social Research

  • Policy Course (Choose 1)

    INS 201 - Globalization and Change in World Politics

    INS 572 - Global Health Policy and Ethics

    SOC 321 - Applied Health Policy

  • Humanities Courses (at least 3 credits)

    CLA 233 - Ancient Medicine

    PHI 334 - Biomedical Ethics

    REL 161 - Religions and Medicine: Health Care as a Spiritual Practice

  • Social Sciences Courses (at least 3 credits)

    APY 413 - Medical Anthropology

    GEG 241 - Health and Medical Geography

    SOC 384 - Medical Sociology

  • *Pre-Med Requirements

    Students must satisfy the requirements of the Office of Pre-Health Advising and Medicine.

  • Elective Courses (9-12 credits)

    APY 105 - HIV: Sex, Science, and Society

    APY 205 - Medicine, Healthcare, and Society

    APY 307 - Human Adaptation

    APY 315 - Folk and Alternative Medicine

    APY 393 - Drugs and Culture

    APY 413 - Medical Anthropology*

    APY 421 - Interpreting Bodies

    APY 423 - Bioarcheology: Peopling the Past

    APY 512 - Advanced Medical Anthropology

    CLA 222 - Sexuality and Gender in the Ancient World

    CLA 225 - Magic and the Occult in Antiquity

    CLA 231 - Sciences in Ancient Greek and Rome

    CLA 233 - Ancient Medicines*

    COS 324 - Health Communication

    COS 325 - Communication in Health Organizations

    COS 426 - Patient-Provider Communication

    COS 427 - Health Behavior and Risk

    ECO 386 - Health Economics

    ENG 240 - Literature and Medicine

    EPS 201 - Psychosocial Change and Well-being

    EPS 321 - Understanding Human Service Organizations

    EPS 361 - Community Psychology and Development

    EPS 412 - Migration, Well-being, and Human Development

    GEG 105 - World Regional Geography

    GEG 241 - Health and Medical Geography*

    GEG 341 - Population, Health, and the Environment

    GEG 343 - Population, Sustainability, and the Media

    GEG 345 - Drinking Water: Past, Present, and Future

    GEG 346 - Immigrant and Refugee Health

    GEG 348 - Climate Change and Public Health

    GEG 355 - Sustainable Food Systems

    GEG 412 - GIS for Health and Environment

    GSS 201 - Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies

    GSS 315 - Gender, Race, and Class

    GSS 347 - Issues in Reproductive Medicine

    GSS 348 - Mental Illness, Gender, and Psychiatry

    HIS 223 - Medicine and Society: From the Ancient World to the 21st Century

    HIS 330 - Scientific Revolution

    HIS 351 - Science and Society

    INS 509 - International Migration and the Health Care Systems

    INS 570 - Globalization and Health

    INS 571 - International Development and Human Welfare

    INS 573 - Disasters, Terrorism, and Global Public Health

    MCY 538 - Music, Gender, and Sexuality

    MLL 330 - Comparative Topics in Gender and Sexuality

    PHI 334 - Biomedical Ethics*

    PHY 546 - Evidence and Knowledge in Medicine

    PSY 411 - Relationships and Health

    PSY 426 - Health Psychology

    PSY 445 - Cultural Values, Religiosity, and Mental Illness (prerequisite PSY 292)

    REL 161 - Religion and Medicine*

    REL 252 - Religion and Human Sexuality

    REL 351 - Religious Issues in Death and Dying

    REL 352 - Religion and Science

    REL 360 - Religion and Bioethics

    REL 451 - Ethics and Genetics

    SOC 320 - Social Epidemiology: Illness and Death in Society

    SOC 345 - Population and Society 

    SOC 368 - Violence in America

    SOC 375 - Sociology of Mental Health and Illness

    SOC 377 - Sociology of Drug Abuse

    SOC 381 - Aging in Society

    SOC 384 - Medical Sociology*

    SOC 480 - Health Disparities in the U.S.

    THA 108 - Intro to Standardized Patient Simulation

  • Capstone Experience (3 credits)

    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
    • Senior Research Project
    • Senior Thesis
    • Global Health Internship