Community and Global Health

Professors: Geist and Kiino (co-directors)

The Community and Global Health interdisciplinary concentration enables students to broadly explore the determinants and consequences of physical and mental health, critically examine relevant global, national, and local policies and programs, learn theories and methodologies important to the study of public health, and gain and apply practical skills through service-learning courses and projects, internships, study abroad, and/or community-based research. It prepares students, as global citizens, to recognize the spectrum of contemporary global health issues and exercise intellectual and practical skills in response. It will also prepare students interested in careers in public health or human, dental, or veterinary medicine for graduate and professional school.

The CGH Concentration

Required core:

CGHL 120 Epidemiology & Global Health
CGHL 210 Contemporary Issues in Public Health: An Introduction

Four additional electives, at least one chosen from each of the following three categories:

Natural sciences and quantitative reasoning

ANSO 212 Quantitative Analysis
BIOL 322 General and Medical Microbiology
BIOL 482 Topics in Advanced Medical Microbiology
MATH 260 or 261 Applied Statistics or Biostatistics (preferred)
SEMN 207 Antibiotics and Global Health
SEMN 244 Infectious Diseases and Global Health

Social and cultural determinants of health

ANSO 210 Medicine and Society
ANSO 225 Sex and Sexualities
ANSO/SEMN 255 You Are What You Eat
ANSO 325 States, Bodies, and Epidemics
PHIL 305 Biomedical Ethics
PSYC 220 Drugs, Addiction, and Behavior
SEMN 220 Chinese Food Culture
SEMN 403 Global Violence
SPAN 205 Culture of Health and Disease in the Hispanic Community

Public policy

ECON 225 Economics of Developing Countries
ECON 235 Environmental and Resource Economics
POLS 270 Politics of the European Union
POLS 310 Women, States, and NGO's
POLS 330 Politics of the Holocaust

Experiential requirement

The Mary Jane Underwood Center for Civic Engagement has built many health-related community partnerships and there are currently some limited opportunities for health-related ICRPs abroad. Students will be required to incorporate at least one experiential component into their concentration.

Community and Global Health courses

CGHL120Epidemiology & Global HealthThis course provides students with the fundamental concepts, skills and perspectives of epidemiology and epidemiological thought and introduces some of the major issues and challenges in global health today.
CGHL210Contemporary Issues in Public HealthThis introductory survey explores contemporary issues, theories, and methods in public health. Students work with community-based organizations or schools in Kalamazoo on projects that illuminate the determinants and consequences of several contemporary "epidemics." We use the social medicine framework to examine how race, gender, age, environment, and class shape "the modern plagues."
CGHL593Senior Individualized Project