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Undergraduate

Girls sharing candy in InidaAt Pitt, we believe that creating tomorrow’s global health leaders begins at the undergraduate level. Our programs are designed to nurture the interest and talent of promising undergraduate students and provide them with a solid foundation in the field of global health. Many of our students go on to serve in the Peace Corps or complete a graduate or professional degree in global health. Make a difference—start here.

Bachelor of Philosophy in International and Area Studies
The Bachelor of Philosophy in International and Area Studies is an interdisciplinary research-based degree offered by the University Honors College in collaboration with the Global Studies Program. The degree prepares students to build international careers working on issues of major global concern, including global health.

Global Studies Certificate: Concentration in Global Health
The Global Studies Certificate with a concentration in global health explores the risks and opportunities of globalization for the health of the world's population.  It addresses major global epidemics such as HIV/AIDS and SARS, as well as international emergency response systems for health epidemics in different parts of the world.  To complete a global studies undergraduate certificate with a concentration in global health, students must:  1) take Introduction to Global Studies (ARTSC 0150), 2) take three courses in this global concentration, 3) take two courses in a regional concentration, 4) obtain second year university-level proficiency in a foreign language relevant to one's regional concentration, and 5) submit an interdisciplinary capstone research paper. 

Undergraduate Courses in Global Health
The Global Studies Center, in collaboration with the Center for Global Health, and Graduate School of Public Health, is pleased to offer two upper-level undergraduate courses in global health.

Introduction to Global Health (PUBHLT 1001, 3 credits) is offered in the fall term. This introductory course covers fundamental concepts in global public health, including determinants of health, key health indicators, global burden of disease, and the relationships among health status, education, and poverty. Cross-cutting issues such as culture, ethical and human rights aspects of health, and key actors in global health will also be explored.  A variety of teaching modalities will be employed throughout the course including lectures, guest speakers, case studies, class discussion, audio-visual presentations, and student presentations.

Special Topics in Global Health (PUBHLT 1002, 3 credits) is offered in the spring term. The course provides an in-depth look at selected global health issues at a population level. This includes exploration of the determinants of health associated with these issues, prevention and control strategies, and the interplay of behavioral, social, cultural, economic, and political factors that must be considered when addressing the issues. Topics are pre-selected by the instructor and may vary each term. Examples are accidents and injuries; chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and mental illness; neglected tropical diseases; and reproductive health. In addition, students will be exposed to an array of issues through weekly discussion of current events in global health. A variety of teaching modalities will be employed throughout the course including lectures, guest speakers, case studies, class discussion, audio-visual presentations, and student presentations.

For additional information, contact Elaine Linn at eel58@pitt.edu or 412-648-2113.