Planning for a new major in global health approved

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Last year a committee led by entomology professor and chair Susan Paskewitz developed a notice of intent (NOI) to plan for a new global health bachelor of science major. Earlier this month, UW System approved the NOI which was previously approved by the CALS Academic Planning Council (APC) and the University Academic Planning Council (UAPC). Those approvals are needed for the group to move forward in preparing a full proposal for a new major.

Building on the success of the Global Health Certificate, which is offered through CALS, this major will allow students to dig deeper into this topic area. The major represents a collaboration between the Departments of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Agronomy, Bacteriology, Community and Environmental Sociology, Entomology, Horticulture, Life Sciences Communication, Nutritional Sciences and Soil Science in CALS and the Global Health Institute, with Entomology serving as the home department.

The global health major is designed to provide students with tools to lead on the complex issues affecting the health of individuals, populations and communities. The curriculum emphasizes systems thinking, active citizenship and eco-health literacy and it aligns with the Wisconsin Experience ideas.

Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected faster than average growth from 2016-2026 in job categories relevant to public health graduates. Locally, nearly 40 percent of Wisconsin’s public health workforce is expected to retire by 2020.

When complete, the proposal for the new major will also require approval from the CALS APC, UAPC and UW System before students can enroll. The planning group will complete their proposal and seek these approvals in the upcoming academic year. For more information, contact Susan Paskewitz.

This article first appeared at ecals.cals.wisc.edu.