Social Sciences Track

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The University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences is proud to introduce its newest undergraduate program.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Global Health Studies

As the world deals with the aftermath of COVID-19, the Global Health Studies (GHS) program prepares students to work, learn, and lead in a recovering post-pandemic society.

The undergraduate major in Global Health Studies offers a truly interdisciplinary academic experience. Coursework for this major includes local and global aspects of health: medicine, prevention, policy, faith, environment, culture, society, and research. Students have multiple pathways available to craft a unique course of study that prepares them for any number of opportunities after graduation, including medical or nursing school, doctoral study, or employment in the non-profit, government, or private sectors.

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.

Track In Social Sciences

The Social Sciences Track provides students with practical course work in the various societal disciplines surrounding health, medicine, and overall well-being. Coursework in this concentration includes geography, sociology, anthropology, psychology, international studies, education, and communication. Students looking to pursue careers or graduate study in any social science that studies physical, mental, or planetary health should consider this major.

Students in this track explore the anthropological, sociological, psychological, and geographic determinates of health around the world, from communication to food sources, from geopolitics to community well-being.

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  • Required Core Course

    GHS 201 - Introduction to Global Health

  • 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

  • Track Required Courses (6-9 Credits)

    APY 413 - Medical Anthropology

    GEG 241 - Health and Medical Geography

    GHS 612 - People, Plagues, and Pandemics

    SOC 384 - Medical Sociology

  • Track 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 423 - Bioarcheology: Peopling the Past

    APY 512 - Advanced Medical Anthropology

    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

    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

    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

    PSY 411 - Relationships and Health

    PSY 426 - Health Psychology

    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.


  • 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