B.A. in Global Health Studies
A Global Health Studies B.A. student while studying women's and LGBT health 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 General Education Program 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 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||1|
|GHS:3720||Contemporary Issues in Global Health||3|
|GHS:3850||Promoting Health Globally -or- GHS:3500 Global Public Health||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. 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.
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 semesters of language study beyond that required by the General Education Program. This additional language requirement may be met either by completing at least two semesters of fifth-semester-level study or higher in the same language used to fulfill the General Education Program's World Languages requirement or by completing two semesters, 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: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 Inequalities: Challenges and Interventions||3|
|GHS:4126||International Perspectives: Xicotepec||3|
|GHS:4990||Independent Project in Global Health||3|
|Global health studies-themed winterim in India course (consult the GHS academic advisor for preapproval)||3|
|Global health studies-themed study abroad program (consult the GHS academic advisor for preapproval)||3|
|Or both of these:|
|GHS:3600||Development in a Global Context I: Preparing for an Internship in Health, Gender, and Environment||1|
|GHS:3700||Development in a Global Context II: Reflections on Real World Interventions||2|
Students completing the B.A. in Global Health Studies have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. Students who choose to graduate with honors in the major must satisfy these requirements:
- maintain a cumulative University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and a g.p.a. of at least 3.33 in all work for the major;
- complete a minimum of 6 s.h. of honors or contract honors courses in their Global Health Studies major course work;
- complete GHS:3010 Identifying and Developing a Global Health Project followed by GHS:4991 Honors Thesis in Global Health Studies as their capstone experience;
- submit an acceptable honors thesis; and
- give an oral or poster presentation of research findings at a venue approved by the Global Health Studies Program.
Students are encouraged to participate in the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) and to apply for research scholarships.
In addition to honors in their major, undergraduate students have a variety of opportunities for honors study and activities through membership in the University of Iowa Honors Program; however, membership in the University's honors program is not required in order to complete honors in the major. Visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University's honors program.