B.S. in Global Health Studies

GHS student in Armenia
A GHS B.S. student during her MHIRT research in Armenia

 

 

The B.S. in Global Health Studies
requires the following course work (47 s.h.)

 

Foundation Courses (10 s.h.)
Global Health Perspectives & Practices Courses (18 s.h.)
World Language and Culture Courses (6 s.h.)
Capstone Experience (3 s.h.)
Natural Science Courses (7 - 8 s.h.)
Mathematics and Statistics Courses (3 - 4 s.h.)
Honors B.S. (total of 50 s.h.)

 

 

 

 

The B.S. in Global Health Studies requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 47 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 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.S.

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. 

 

Foundation Courses (10 s.h.)

GHS:2000 Introduction to Global Health Studies 3
GHS:3030 Global Health Today (formerly, Global Health Conference; taught every third semester) 1
GHS:3720 Contemporary Issues in Global Health 3
GHS:3850 Promoting Health Globally -or- GHS:3500 Global Public Health 3

Global Health Perspectives and Practices Courses (18 s.h.)

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.S. (Foundation; World Language and Culture;  or Capstone) may be used toward the 18 s.h. required here.   

 
A minimum of 6 s.h. of the 18 s.h. must be selected from the following:  
GHS:1100 Contraception Across Time and Cultures 3
GHS:2164 Culture and Healing for Future Health Professionals 3
GHS:2320 Origins of Human Infectious Disease 3
GHS:2415 Bioethics 3
GHS:3037 Technology to Improve Global Health 3
GHS:3060 Studies in Complementary and Alternative Medicine 3
GHS:3102 Medical Anthropology 3
GHS:3120 Global Maternal and Child Health (formerly GHS:4120) 3
GHS:3328 Molecular Genetics of Human Disease 3
GHS:4150 Health and Environment: GIS Applications 3
GHS:4230 Health Experience of Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees 3
GHS:4260 Global Water and Health 3

World Language and Culture Courses (6 s.h.)

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.  Please note that "ASL" coursework does not satisfy the Global Health Studies language requirement.

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.

 

Capstone Experience (3 s.h.)

The capstone experience requirement provides an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge and skills they learned in the classroom. Students must complete the following.

GHS:3010 Identifying and Developing a Global Health Project 3

 

Natural Science Courses (7 - 8 s.h.)

The natural science courses can be used to fulfill the General Education Program requirement. Students should consult with their advisor concerning specific courses that satisfy these requirements. Students must complete a minimum of one of the sequences, with at least one lab, from the following.

   
CHEM:1110 & CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry I-II 8
   
CHEM:1070 & BIOL:1141 General Chemistry I - Introductory Animal Biology 7
CHEM:1110 & BIOL:1141 Principles of Chemistry I - Introductory Animal Biology 8
CHEM:1110 & BIOL:1411 Principles of Chemistry I - Foundations of Biology 8
CHEM:1110 & BIOL:1412 Principles of Chemistry I - Diversity of Form and Function 8
   
CHEM:1070 & PHYS:1400 General Chemistry I - Basic Physics 7
CHEM:1110 & PHYS:1511 Principles of Chemistry I - College Physics I 8
   
PHYS:1511-PHYS:1512 College Physics I-II 8

Mathematics and Statistics Courses (3 - 4 s.h.)

Students must complete at least one calculus or statistics course. In some cases, students also may need to complete a precalculus or statistics course, depending on their math placement. The mathematics and statistics course can be used to fulfill the General Education Program requirement. Students should consult with their advisor concerning specific courses that satisfy these requirements.

MATH:1380 Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business 4
MATH:1440 Mathematics for the Biological Sciences 4
MATH:1460 Calculus for the Biological Sciences 4
MATH:1550 Engineering Mathematics I: Single Variable Calculus 4
MATH:1850 Calculus I 4
STAT:1020/PSQF:1020 Elementary Statistics and Inference 3
Any higher-level statistics course (consult advisor) 3-4

 

Honors B.S. in Global Health Studies (total 50 s.h.)

Students completing the B.S. 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.