Concentration Rules

  • These courses are examples of what kinds of courses are suitable for the concentration and where to find them.
  • These courses are not required courses for the concentration, but are pre-approved and require no petition.
  • Suitable courses not on this list may petitioned
  • Up to three non-College courses* may be used in the concentration
  • Courses not used for the core requirement may be used as topical electives


Core Course (1 cu required)

ANTH 273:  Global Health: Anthropological Perspectives (HSOC 239)
HSOC 348: Current Issues in Global Health
PUBH 519:  Introduction to Global Health*

HSOC 145: Comparative Medicine (if not used as the pre-requisite core course for the major)

Regional Requirement (1 cu required) 
HSOC majors are required to take ONE course about a region of the world that is not the United States. 
NOTE: This is a change as of May 2019. GBH concentrators who have completed two regional courses already may use both for the concentration.  After May 2019 all GBH concentrators are required to complete only one regional course.

These courses are ones students have used in the past, but new courses suitable for the regional requirement appear each term.
Students may look beyond this list for similar courses and consult with the HSOC Director or Associate Director about potential choices.


AFRC 190: Introduction to Africa
AFRC 311: History of Health and Healing in Africa
EALC 242: Medicine and Healing in China
EEUR 159: Population and Public Health in Eastern Europe
HIST 071: Latin America, 1791-Present (LALS 071)
HIST 076: Africa since 1800
HIST 081: History of the Middle East since 1800 (NELC 031) 
NELC 102: Introduction to the Middle East 
SAST 001: Introduction to Modern India
SAST 008: India: Culture and Society
STSC 338: Hybrid Science: Nature, Culture and Health in Latin America

Topical Electives (4 cu required) (pre-approved courses are not required, but are examples of suitable courses)

ANTH 012: Globalization (SOCI 012)
ANTH 234: Pharma and Global Health
ANTH 260: Cultures of Science and Technology
ANTH 394: NGOs and Humanitarianism
ANTH 402: Applied Research Skills in Global Community Health
HCMG 204: Comparative Health Systems*
HSOC 059: Medical Missionaries
HSOC 102: Bioethics
HSOC 112: The People's Health
HSOC 206: Doing Good
HSOC 230: Fundamentals of Epidemiology
HSOC 231: Insect Epidemiology
HSOC 251: Foundations of Public Health
HSOC 259:Complementary and Alternative Medicine
NURS 316: International Nutrition*
NURS 343 Environmental Health Issues and Global Implications*
PSCI 221: Health Policy and Politics in Comparative Perspective
PSCI 414 Comparative Politics of the Welfare State
SOCI 111: Health of Populations (HSOC 111)
SOCI 231: Global Health
STSC 219: Race and Gender in Global Science

*=non-College course.  Students may include up to the 3 non-College courses in the concentration

One of these may be used as an elective for Global Health
BIOL 446 Statistics for Biologists
STAT 111 Intro Stat (this counts as a non-College course in the HSOC major)*

Updated 12/4/19