Curriculum for the Major in Global Studies with a Concentration in Global Public Health (GPH)

GPH Track Required Courses: 

--Three Core Courses in Global Studies (9 credits): Choose 3 courses from the following 4 areas: Global History, Global Humanities, Global Cultures (Anthropology/Society), and Global Diagnostics (Quantitative).  We highly recommend that these be upper level courses that align with the student's topical interest(s).


--Four PHS Required Courses (12 credits):

  • PHS 3825 Global Public Health: Challenges & Innovations
  • PHS 3130 and/or 3103 - Intro Health Res. Methods or Intro to Epidemiology
  • PHS 4050 Public Health Law, Ethics & Policy: Global Perspectives
  • PHS 4991 Capstone Seminar


--Three Electives (9 credits):  electives must be preapproved for each student

These courses will be selected carefully in consultation with an advisor, taking into account the student’s language proficiency, topic interests, or concentration in a world area.  PHS Study Abroad courses in Summer or J-Term may be used.


--Language Competency

One (1) course beyond the 2020 level of any language taught at UVA (or in an approved study-abroad program)

            - OR -

If a student has reached the 2020 level in one language but does not want to go further with that language, the student can satisfy the requirement by studying a second language and reaching the 1020 level. 



We highly recommend a meaningful global experience directly related to the student's individualized global health focus. The U.S. may be an appropriate site.


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