Global Health Minor

The Global Health minor will allow you to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of health issues and health care in a global context.  Through the bundling of a broad range of courses, this minor will provide a solid foundation in social, cultural, epidemiological, environmental and nutritional determinants of health, and will explore the challenges facing global health solutions.  You will investigate the health implications of globalization, as well as have the option for an engagement experience, both of which contribute to better understanding the determinants of health issues around the world. 

Required Foundational Courses

Global Health

We propose a minor in Global Health that will allow students to develop an interdisciplinary understanding of health issues in a global context with focus on the biological or the social environmental. Through a broad range of courses, the minor in Global Health will provide a solid foundation in social epidemiological, environmental, and nutritional determinants of health.

Students adding a Global Health Minor to their major will explore the scientific, social, environmental and cultural challenges facing global health solutions. They will investigate the health implications of globalization, as well as have an engagement experience which is crucial to understanding the determinants of health issues around the world.

Faculty associated with the Global Health Minor come from across MSU from such areas as the Colleges of Letters and Science, Education, Agriculture, Nursing and Engineering. With courses from diverse departments such as Modern Languages and Literatures, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Microbiology and Immunology, for example, the minor spans the breadth of the global health field.

Why does this minor matter? Our minor focuses on problems in global health from the standpoint of both clinical disease as well as from a cultural understanding of the associated cultural, socio-economic, and environmental factors. Global health is a shared responsibility and requires an equitable, interdisciplinary, and systematic approach including transnational cooperation and collaboration between health care providers, veterinarians, scientists, and local communities.

Students in this minor will study the major health issues (including both infectious and non-communicable disease) that are endemic to developing countries as well as in underprivileged and underrepresented populations in the United States. Topics of study to choose from will include: the transmission of zoonotic diseases and the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying infectious disease; the impacts of climate change and human-environmental interactions on the spread of diseases; the influence of anthropogenic environmental change on food and medicinal plant systems; dietary transitions and their implications for nutrition and health outcomes; geography, socio-economic status, and health disparity; an appreciation for culturally-appropriate best practices when working with minority cultures, and unique and indigenous care  modalities; and a comparative analysis of different national health care systems.

The goal of this new minor is to support training of students who are better equipped to contribute to addressing health disparities in developing countries as well as among disadvantaged populations in the United States. The proposed minor is well aligned with MSU’s strategic plan goal of integrating learning, discovery, and engagement through increased collaboration across disciplines, international experiences for students, and engagement with communities internationally.

Unique Components of Curriculum:

  • Cultural linguistic component: basic proficiency in Spanish, French or Chinese.
  • Engagement project: In consultation with an advisor, students in the minor will develop an engagement project related to any aspect of global health in a local or international environment.
  • Students in this minor can enhance their majors by focusing the minor on any related health area. For example, (1) the biomedical, (2) the cultural, socio-economic, (3) policy issues such as food access related to world health problems or (4) ecology and epidemiology of infectious diseases.

Learning Outcomes:

Students completing the Global Health Minor will be able to:

  • Be familiar with major diseases that increase morbidity and mortality, with particular emphasis on diseases in low resource communities regionally and globally.
  • Analyze health disparities through cultural and socio-political perspectives to identify restrictions and challenges.
  • Use specific discipline-based methodologies (from engineering, political science, public health, etc.) to examine issues of health inequity and perceptions of health.
  • Develop cross-cultural competency as well as awareness of and sensitivity to cultural differences.

Course Requirements

*At least 9 credits overall MUST be upper division, 300 & 400 level

Required Foundational Courses

LS 104Introduction to Global Health3
BIOH 303Global Disease and Health Disparities3
SPNS 101Elementary Spanish I ((or equivalent in another language))3
SPNS 250Spanish for Healthcare Professionals ((or equivalent in another language))3

Elective Courses: 15 credits required

Choose 6 credits from Biomedical Electives:
BIOB 100INOrganism Function3
BIOB 160Principles of Living Systems4
BIOB 410Immunology3
BIOB 499Senior Thesis/Capstone2
BIOH 185Integrated Physiology I4
BIOH 201Human Anatomy and Physiology I5
BIOH 422Genes and Cancer3
BIOH 445Introduction to Pharmacology3
BIOM 210RNPrinciples of Environmental Health Science3
BIOM 250Microbiology for Health Sciences: Infectious Diseases3
BIOM 400Medical Microbiology3
BIOM 415Microbial Diversity, Ecology, and Evolution3
BIOM 435Virology3
BIOM 441Eukaryotic Pathogens4
BIOM 460Infectious Diseases Ecology and Spillover3
CHTH 440Principles Of Epidemiology3
KIN 221Health Anatomy & Physiology3
NUTR 221CSBasic Human Nutrition3
Choose 6 credits from Social/Economic Policy Electives:
AGBE 315Ag in a Global Context3
AGSC 465RHealth, Agriculture, Poverty4
ANTY 101DAnthropology and the Human Experience3
ANTY 225ISCulture, Language, and Society3
ANTY 327Medical Anthropology3
CHTH 210Foundations in Community Health3
ECNS 317Economic Development3
HTH 455The Ethic of Care3
NRSG 418Hlth Policy/Hlth Care Econ Cln2
PSCI 423Politics of Development3
PSCI 436Politics of Food & Hunger3
PSYX 383Health Psychology3
SOCI 370Sociology of Globalization3
SOCI 380Sociology of Health & Medicine3
SFBS 146Introduction to Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems3
SFBS 451RSustainable Food Systems3
Choose 3 credits from Cultural Electives:
BIOB 492Independent Study (Guided Undergrad Engagement or Study Abroad)1-3
CHTH 428Health Disparities3
GPHY 121DHuman Geography3
GPHY 141DGeography of World Regions3
HSTR 160DModern World History4
NASX 105DIntroduction to Native American Studies3
NASX 415Native Food Systems3
PHL 255DPhilosophy and Culture3
PSCI 230DIntroduction to International Relations3
RLST 100DIntro to the Study of Religion3
RLST 110D4
SOCI 374Sociology of Culture3
SPNS 350US Latino Cultures3