Undergraduate Core Courses

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The Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health offers three core courses. These courses help you build a foundation of basic knowledge in global health and give you the tools you need to integrate your field experience and electives into that foundation.

Important notes about the core courses

  • The fall-only core course, Nutritional Sciences/Agronomy/Entomology 203, Introduction to Global Health, is required for all certificate candidates.
  • All candidates are required to take one of the two spring-only core courses. You are encouraged take both if your schedule allows it. If you take both, one can count as an elective.
  • Core courses can be taken in any order.
  • You must finish any one of the core courses before you can declare the Certificate.
  • Ideally, you will complete at least one core course before completing electives, but this is not required.
  • Admission to many of the approved field experiences for the certificate requires completion of at least one core course.

What’s covered in the core courses?

Nutritional Sciences/Agronomy/Entomology 203: Introduction to Global Health

This course is a broad survey of contemporary issues and controversies in global health. Agronomy Professor Kevin Pixley, Nutritional Sciences Professor Sherry Tanumihardjo and Entomology Professor Susan Paskewitz cover basic definitions and concepts in public and global health and begin to tease apart both the factors responsible for causing global health problems and the steps needed to move toward possible solutions. The course also includes presentations by a series of speakers from highly varied professions, each of whom discusses how their work contributes to reducing the global burden of disease. A substantial portion of the course focuses on agriculture and nutrition, two disciplines with critical roles in global health that are often omitted from more traditional public and global health courses. FALL SEMESTER ONLY; 3 credits; elementary, carries L&S credit and social science breadth; lecture only – no discussion; open to freshmen. A fall 2016 syllabus is available here for your reference only.

Population Health Sciences 370: Introduction to Public Health: Local to Global Perspectives

UW School of Medicine and Public Health faculty member Dr. Patrick Remington and diverse guest speakers introduce students to the principles and practice of public health. Using leading global health problems as examples, students explore basic concepts of epidemiology and evidence-based public health with a focus on closing the gap between science and practice both in the US and abroad. SPRING SEMESTER ONLY; 3 credits; intermediate, carries L&S credit, can meet either social science or natural science breadth requirements; lecture and discussion both required; open to freshmen, but has a prerequisite of any college-level science class. A spring 2017 syllabus is available here for your reference only.

Environmental Studies/Medical History and Bioethics 213: Global Environmental Health

Taught alternately by Medical History and Bioethics Professor Richard Keller and Nelson Institute Professor Monica White, this course explores the relationships between major health problems and environmental crises around the world, including historical and cultural dimensions of each issue. Topics covered include disease ecology, the political economy of health and disease, global consumption, climate change, food and water security, and energy. SPRING SEMESTER ONLY; 3 credits; elementary, carries L&S credit and meets either social science or humanities breadth requirements; lecture and discussion both required; open to freshmen. A spring 2017 syllabus is available here for your reference only