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College Catalog 2015-2016 
College Catalog 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Community and Global Health

Structure of the Concentration

A concentration in Community and Global Health consists of six courses, a substantial civic engagement experience or advanced research project, and the 1-credit INTD 411 - Sr Seminar in Community and Global Health .

  1. Six courses as follows: Courses must be drawn from at least two different divisions, no more than two courses can be drawn from any one department, and at least three of the courses must be at the 200-level or above. One of these six courses must be MATH 125 - Epidemiology  when taught with a focus on Public Health. With the permission of the Director or Associate Director, students may take up to two concentration courses at another institution or abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of a steering committee member in selecting a coherent set of courses that meet their educational goals and complement their major.
    1. At least one course that is primarily about ways of understanding the health of human and/or animal populations. Students are encouraged to take more than one course in this category.

BIOL 116 - Community and Global Health: Biological Paradigms 
ANTH 239 - Medical Anthropology 
GEOG 256 - Medical Geography: The Geography of Health and Health Care 
INTL 282 - Introduction to International Public Health 
PHIL 220 - Bioethics 
PHIL 294  - Human Rights and Health Care
PSYC 380 - Community Psychology and Public Health 
POLI 205 - Politics and Policymaking  (when taught with a focus on Public Health)

  1. A course on the methodologies of public health
  1. Courses that provide rich examples, background knowledge or skills, or analytical frameworks that enrich the understanding of population health. Courses in this category do not necessarily focus directly on human population health. In consultation with a steering committee member, students may propose to meet their concentration objectives by taking other courses.
    Methods Courses (Please note that no more than one course from this subset can be applied to the concentration)

ANTH 230 - Ethnographic Interviewing 
ECON 381 - Introduction to Econometrics 
GEOG 225 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 
GEOG 377 - Qualitative Research Methods 
MATH 155 - Introduction to Statistical Modeling 
MATH 253 - Statistical Computing and Machine Learning 
POLI 269 - Empirical Research Methods 
PSYC 201 - Research in Psychology I 
SOCI 269 - Social Science Inquiry  

    Courses about health (but not necessarily population health)

ANTH 380 - Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology 
BIOL 117 - Women, Health and Reproduction 
BIOL 355 - Virology   
BIOL 357 - Immunology 
BIOL 358 - Microbiology 
ENVI 241 - Food, Environment, and Society in 20th Century America  
HIST 350 - Race, Gender, and Medicine 
PSYC 182 - Drugs and Society 
PSYC 252 - Distress, Dysfunction, and Disorder: Perspectives on the DSM  
PSYC 272 - Health Psychology 
WGSS 294  - Global AIDS: History, Politics and Culture

    Courses with substantial examples drawn from population health or with a sustained health focus. This subset includes courses that have broader goals but choose, for a semester, to focus those goals on population health. The steering committee will post a list of courses in this category each semester before students register for the following semester. Although the steering committee will seek to be comprehensive in exploring courses that fit within this list, we welcome input from students about courses about which we may not be aware.
  1. A substantial project focusing on the health of human populations. Normally, this requirement will be fulfilled through A) a civic engagement experience of no less than 75 hours or B) an advanced research project resulting in a major paper. Civic engagement experiences can be arranged in organizations in the Twin Cities, in a different US location, or abroad. They can be taken for academic credit as an internship or may be a paid or unpaid volunteer position during the academic year, winter break, or summer. Such experiences must include a reflection component and site supervisor evaluations. Advanced research projects may be completed for academic credit in courses, independent studies, or capstone programs within the student’s major or may be non-credit bearing work in the summer, winter break, or the academic year conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. The scope of the project will typically be equivalent to or greater than the work expected for two-credit independent studies and internships. Projects should be selected and developed in consultation with a steering committee member as part of a coherent plan and must be approved by the Director or Associate Director. Criteria for evaluating whether a project may count towards this requirement will be a) the extent to which the project involves significant engagement with key issues in population health; and b) the quality of the student’s work as reflected in their written work about the project and, where relevant, site supervisor evaluations. Students will present their projects in the culminating seminar (see below).
  2. INTD 411 - Sr Seminar in Community and Global Health . A one-credit culminating seminar, meeting weekly for one hour in the spring term, in which issues in community and global health are discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective. In addition to sponsoring lectures by notable public health professionals, the seminar will also provide opportunities for students to share the work they have done on their CGH project (see item 2 above). Typically, this seminar will be taken in the student’s senior year.