Community and Global Health

Program Information

Professors: Alison A. Geist and Karika Parker
(Co-Directors)

The Community and Global Health (CGHL) interdisciplinary concentration enables students to explore the determinants and consequences of individual and community health, critically examine relevant global, national, and local policies and programs, and learn theories and methodologies important to the study of public health and the modern plagues. The concentration requires students to complete an experiential component, such as approved community-based courses and/or projects, internships, study abroad opportunities, or research, through which they gain and apply practical skills. Students use social determinants of health and social justice frameworks to analyze the structures and systems that shape health, disease, and disability, and the disparities and inequities that characterize their disproportionate distribution between and among people, communities, and nations. Emphasizing our collective and individual responsibility to advance health equity, the concentration prepares students, as educated and engaged members of their communities, to identify, investigate, and articulate the broad spectrum of contemporary global health issues, and to exercise intellectual and practical skills in response. The concentration also prepares students interested in careers in public health or human, dental, or veterinary medicine and the allied health professions for graduate and professional school.