Why Study Global Health and Community?
Health practices differ widely around the globe, but health inequities—between economic divides, urban and rural—are increasing exponentially everywhere. Across three distinct locales and seven different communities, compare health strategies, community well-being, and multiple factors affecting human health in sweepingly different contexts, on both local and global scales. Through site visits and research practice with an array of health practitioners, government officials, and activists, explore health realities at individual and population levels. As part of the program, witness how considering health as a human right impacts peoples’ access to care.
Journey from urban centers to rural spaces to explore the human condition. Travel from the U.S. frontier to the U.S. Capitol then across the globe to South Africa to take a holistic, interdisciplinary look at how communities around the world define what it is to achieve and maintain health. Finally, explore the challenges all citizens face amid mounting obstacles to healthcare access, while strengthening your ability to understand, interpret, and compare the socio-cultural, ecological, economic, political, and biological factors that shape and predict human health.
- Explore how public, private sectors, and civil society intersect at the frontlines of healthcare in the U.S. and South Africa.
- Compare realities of public health work on the ground in urban and rural settings.
- Conduct in-depth research practice across three radically different contexts—the U.S. frontier, the U.S. Capitol, and South Africa.
- Experience rare opportunities to examine critical local and national public health initiatives.
None, but previous college-level coursework and/or other preparation in public health, anthropology, biology, or other related fields is strongly recommended.