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.

Please note: Courses may not be double-counted. For example, a course that you take to satisfy the Methods requirement may not also count towards your Elective count.

Senior Thesis (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate students looking to complete a senior thesis instead of an internship should register for GHS 499 Senior Thesis (3 credits) with the approval of the GHS Director. Click here to download the syllabus for GHS 499. Also, please download the Independent Study timeline to ensure you are following the appropriate processes. Because the GHS program is an interdisciplinary program, students should seek faculty senior thesis advisors/mentors based on their GHS track (humanities, social science, or policy).

Capstone (Undergraduate)

Undergraduate students looking to complete an internship should register for GHS 590 Global Health Internship (1-6 credits).

Important Information:

  • One credit of internship is equivalent to 50 hours of work on the internship site.  All students must keep a log of their hours.
  • Undergraduate students must complete the GHS 590 Internship Agreement. Click here to download the syllabus for GHS 590.
  • Graduate students must complete the Internship Contract prior to enrolling in GHS 890.  Upon completion of the internship, all graduate students must submit their Internship Completion Certificate to the Assistant Dean.

We encourage students to visit Handshake latest info on internship offerings.  Also, GHS students can look for internships by searching the following websites:

Track in Pre-Med

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  • Required Core Course

    GHS 201 - Introduction to Global Health

  • Methods Course (Choose 1)

    GHS 310 - Hospital Ethnography

    PSY 292 - Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors

    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

    Speak with the program director when selecting a policy course. 

  • 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

    REL 360 - Religion and Bioethics 

  • Social Sciences Courses (at least 3 credits)

    APY 413 - Medical Anthropology

    GEG 241 - Health and Medical Geography

    SOC 384 - Medical Sociology

    GHS 312 - People, Plagues, and Pandemics

  • *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 202 - Principles of Cultural Anthropology 

    APY 205 - Medicine, Healthcare, and Society

    APY 230 - The Sounds of the World's Languages

    APY 307 - Human Adaptation

    APY 315 - Folk and Alternative Medicine

    APY 320 - The Evolution of Language 

    APY 385 - Caribbean Cultures

    APY 393 - Drugs and Culture

    APY 397 - Violence and Ritual

    APY 413 - Medical Anthropology*

    APY 414 - Human Osteology 

    APY 416 - Bioarchaeology: People the Past 

    APY 421 - Interpreting Bodies

    APY 501 - Methods of Anthropological Research 

    APY 512 - Advanced Medical Anthropology

    CLA 211 - Medical Terminology 

    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*

    ECO 386 - Health Economics

    ENG 240 - Literature and Medicine

    GEG 105 - World Regional Geography

    GEG 110 - Introduction to Human Geography 

    GEG 241 - Health and Medical Geography*

    GEG 331 - Sustainable Development 

    GEG 336 - Hazards and Disasters: The Nature-Society Interface

    GEG 337 - Climate Change, Sea Level Rise and Society 

    GEG 338 - Landscape Character, Dynamics, Evolution; Influence on Societal Habitation and Risks 

    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

    GEG 432 - Climate Change and Security 

    GHS 301 - Sociocultural Foundations of Global Health 

    GHS 310 - Hospital Ethnography 

    GHS 312 - People, Plagues, and Pandemics 

    GHS 330 - Topics in Global Health Studies: Humanities 

    GHS 331 - Topics in Global Health Studies: Social Sciences 

    GHS 430 - Advanced Seminar in Global Health Studies: Humanities 

    GHS 431 - Advanced Seminar in Global Health Studies: Social Sciences

    GHS 440 - Global Health Response to Disasters: From Management to Recovery and Reconstruction 

    GHS 570 - Globalization and Health 

    GHS 571 - Global Health and International Development 

    GHS 572 - Global Health Policy and Ethics 

    GSS 201 - Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies

    GSS 315 - Gender, Race, and Class

    GSS 335 - LGBTQ Communities

    GSS 347 - Issues in Reproductive Medicine

    GSS 348 - Mental Illness, Gender, and Psychiatry

    GSS 361 - Gender and Language 

    GSS 405 - Gender and Sexuality in Cultural Context 

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

    HIS 330 - Scientific Revolution

    HIS 351 - Science and Society

    INS 101 - Global Perspectives

    INS 103 - World in Crisis 

    INS 201 - Globalization and Change in World Politics 

    INS 359 - Culture, Civilizations and Religion in International Relations 

    INS 509 - International Migration and the Health Care Systems

    INS 570 - Globalization and Health

    LAS 301 - Interdisciplinary Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies 

    LAS 302 - Interdisciplinary Topics in Latin American and Caribbean Studies: Travel Course

    LAS 362 - Drug Trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean 

    MLL 322 - Topics in Comparative Cultural Studies 

    MLL 330 - Comparative Topics in Gender and Sexuality

    MLL 340 - Migration Studies 

    MLL 360 - The Caribbean through Literary and Cultural Studies 

    MLL 370 - Studies in Literature, Culture, and Science 

    PHI 106 - Introduction to Philosophy and Health Sciences

    PHI 238 - Environmental Ethics 

    PHI 241 - History and Philosophy of Science 

    PHI 334 - Biomedical Ethics*

    PHI 546 - Evidence and Knowledge in Medicine

    POL 303 - Refugees and Migrants

    POL 341 - Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Political Conflict 

    POL 344 - Gender and Politics 

    POL 359 - International Organizations 

    POL 362 - Social Movements

    POL 569 - LGBTI Politics

    POL 571 - Sex, Babies, and the State 

    PSY 411 - Relationships and Health

    REL 161 - Religion and Medicine*

    REL 345 - Religion and Gender

    REL 351 - Religious Issues in Death and Dying

    REL 352 - Religion and Science

    REL 360 - Religion and Bioethics

    REL 364 - Spiritual Healing in the Americas from Controversy to Cure

    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.

    SPA 433 - Medical, Cultural and Bioethical Debates in Spanish 


  • Capstone Options (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. 

    • Senior Thesis
    • Internship