B.A. in Global Health Studies
A Global Health Studies B.A. student while studying community health programs in Argentina and Uruguay
The B.A. in Global Health Studies (GHS)
requires the following course work (37 s.h.)
- Foundation Courses (10 s.h.)
- Global Health Perspectives and Practices Courses (18 s.h.)
- World Language and Culture Courses (6 s.h.)
- Capstone Experience (3 s.h.)
- Honors B.A. (total of 40 s.h.)
The B.A. In Global Health Studies requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 37 s.h. of course work for the major. Students also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences CLAS Core general education requirements.
Click here for the pre-2020 GHS BA requirements.
Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. A minimum of 18 s.h. of major course work must be earned at the University of Iowa. A total of 9 s.h. may be double-counted from other majors, minors, or certificates toward the major.
A maximum of 6 s.h. of GHS:4990 Independent Project in GH credit may be used in the GHS B.A.
Students who earn the major in Global Health Studies may not earn the GHS certificate or the minor; they may earn the major in International Studies or Interdepartmental Studies/ Health Science as long as they select a track other than the Global Health Studies track.
|GHS:2000||Introduction to Global Health Studies||3|
|GHS:3030||Global Health Today -or-GHS:3034 Doing Harm Doing Good -or-GHS:3035 Engaging in Global Health||1|
|GHS:3720||Contemporary Issues in Global Health||3|
|GHS:3850||Promoting Health Globally||3|
To provide an appreciation of the interdisciplinary nature of Global Health Studies, students choose from a wide range of courses on topics which reflect the breadth of the field. Students choose a minimum of 18 s.h., with at least 12 s.h. numbered 3000 or above, from the list of Courses Approved for the Global Health Studies Program. A minimum of 6 s.h. of the required 18 s.h. must be selected from the list below. Only courses which are not used to satisfy other requirements within the B.A. (Foundation, World Language and Culture, or Capstone) may be used toward the 18 s.h. required here.
|GHS:1100||Contraception Across Time and Cultures||3|
|GHS:1200||Disabilities in Global Writing & Film||3|
|GHS:3036||Ethics, Politics and Global Health||3|
|GHS:3120||Global Maternal and Child Health||3|
|GHS:3230||Health Experience of Immigrants, Migrants and Refugees (formerly GHS:4230)||3|
|GHS:3560||Global Garbage and Global Health||3|
Students must choose option A or B below. Semester hours necessary to complete this requirement will vary.
Option A: Students may complete a minimum of two world language courses beyond that required by the CLAS Core general education program. This additional language requirement may be met either by completing two, fifth-semester-level courses in the same language used to fulfill the CLAS Core World Languages requirement, or by completing two courses (or the equivalent) of a second world language at any level.
Option B: Students may complete this requirement by completing 6 s.h. from a list of courses approved for one of the following geographical tracks of the International Studies major: African studies, Caribbean studies, East Asian studies, Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, Latin American studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies, or South Asian studies. See the International Studies Course Database web page for approved courses each semester.
The capstone experience requirement provides an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills they learned in the classroom. Students choose a minimum of 3 s.h. from the following.
|GHS:3010||Identifying and Developing a Global Health Project||3|
|GHS:3012||Community-Based Global Health Research|
|GHS:4000||Global Health Studies Service Learning: Local Health is Global Health||4|
|GHS:4001||Social Entrepreneurship and Global Health||3|
|GHS:4002||Working in Global Health||3|
|GHS:4003||Case Studies in Global Health Inequities: Challenges and Interventions||3|
Students completing the B.A. in Global Health Studies have the opportunity
to graduate with honors in the GHS major.