Community and Global Health


The CGHL Concentration

Required core:

  • CGHL 120 Epidemiology and 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 below.

Please note that while we make every attempt to compile a list that is comprehensive and accurate, not every course is offered every year, and new courses may be added from time to time without enough notice to be included here. Students should check with the Registrar, individual departments, and their advisor as they plan to complete the concentration.

Natural sciences and quantitative reasoning

ANSO 212 Quantitative Analysis
BIOL 322 General and Medical Microbiology
BIOL 360 Immunology and Human Health
MATH 105 Quantitative Reasoning & Statistical Analysis
MATH 260 or 261 Applied Statistics or Biostatistics (preferred)
MATH 360 Applied Statistics II
PED 210 Nutrition
SEMN 207 Global Health and Social Justice

Social and cultural determinants of health

ANSO 210 Medicine and Society
ANSO 225 Sex and Sexualities
ANSO 232 Nature and Society: Introduction to Political Ecology*
ANSO 245 Qualitative Methods
ANSO 252 Political Ecology of Waste
ANSO/SEMN 255 You Are What You Eat
ANSO 310 Social Research for Social Change
ANSO 325 States, Bodies, and Epidemics
ANSO 350 Political History of Western Environmental Thought*
ANSO/ENVS 365 Humans and Non-Humans
HIST 231 The Black Death
PHIL 305 Biomedical Ethics
PSYC 211 Adolescent Development
PSYC 220 Health Psychology
PSYC 270 Feminist Psychology of Women
PSYC 411 Psychology and the Law (when it has a service-learning component)
PSYC 424 Psychopharmacology
PSYC 465 Advanced Psychology of Sexuality
SEMN 408 Slow Farming
SPAN 205 Cultures of Health and Disease in Hispanic Communities

* These courses are more broadly about environmental health, and about nature as an historical, intellectual and social construct. Students wishing to make them more relevant to community and global health may speak with the professor to craft paper topics that explore these issues within the course's theoretical frameworks.

Public policy

ECON 225 Economics of Development and Growth
ECON 235 Environmental and Resource Economics
ECON 265 Issues in Urban Economics
ECON 290 Health Economics
POLS/WGS 265 Feminist Political Theories (cannot count towards both social/cultural determinants & public policy elective)
POLS 270 The European Union: Institutions, Actors, Aliens, and Outcomes
POLS 310 Women, States, and NGO's
POLS 330 Politics of the Holocaust
POLS 380 Drugs, Democracy, and Human Rights

Courses at Kalamazoo College study abroad sites may also serve as electives, with permission from a CGHL co-Director.

Experiential requirement

CGHL requires students to incorporate at least one immersive public health experience into their concentration. When CGHL 210 is offered as a service- learning seminar, it fulfills this requirement. Otherwise, students must seek community-based learning experiences, approved in advance by the director/s that will count towards this requirement. Examples that may be approved include health-related service-learning courses, ICRPs abroad, SIPS, internships and community-based research with an explicit public health focus, employment within a public health field; and/or certain Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) programs at K. Clinical experiences –e.g. working in a doctor's office or hospital -- may or may not count, depending on context. The CCE has built many health-related community partnerships in Kalamazoo, and offers a limited number of paid, six-week summer Community Building Internships with local organizations, many of them in health fields.

To fulfill this requirement, students are required to write a 3 – 5 page reflection/ essay that combines their experience and a scholarly literature review to explicitly demonstrate connections to and learning about community and global health, in particular the social determinants of health.