Global Health


The mission of the Global Health Minor is to educate Wabash students in global health from a liberal arts perspective.  Students will be challenged to understand the burden of disease in society, examine the history of public health, acquire the basic tools to evaluate health in communities, consider health in the context of human rights, and assess the influence of culture on human health. The minor is an interdivisional program that brings together courses addressing the economic, social, biological, and ethical issues surrounding the health of communities, particularly those in low-resource regions.  The minor is designed to engage students interested in medicine, policy, economics and other social sciences, humanities and culture.

Learning Goals & Objectives

1. Engage students in interdisciplinary, multi-Divisional thinking through a focus on local and global public health issues. Students will gain knowledge of complex global health problems and health care issues. 

2. Emphasize the connections among socioeconomic, historical, political, and biological determinants of health, and their importance to global public health. 

3. Improve problem-solving and analytical skills, and appreciate the complexity of global health research through service-based projects. 

4. Develop a consciousness regarding global issues and the populations, communities, and governments in low-resource settings by thinking critically about ethical and moral questions in global health, and an awareness of power and privilege in inter-cultural contexts.

5. Understand the broad range of ways global health affects our lives and the lives of people in communities, and to develop skills for active participation through vocation and leadership. 

6. Better understand how to live humanely.

Requirements for the Minor

Core Courses
BIO-177Special Topics (without Lab)1
PSC-201Sociology & Politics of Health1
or SOC-201 Sociology & Politics of Health
DV1-277Special Topics (non-Lab)1
GHL-400Capstone in Global Health 10
Electives 23
Three credits from:
Health Economics
Topics Ethics & Social Philosophy
Special Topics
Total Credits6

In the fall of their senior year, students will enroll in GHL400.  At the beginning of the semester, students will meet with the instructors of the course to agree on a capstone portfolio. This collection should be made up of presentations and projects generated by the student from his curricular and co-curricular global health experiences (e.g., blogs or newspaper articles authored; education materials or presentations created; research or health surveys to which the student contributed, etc.), and a reflective paper integrating the content. Students should highlight concepts important in leading effectively, acting responsibly, and living humanely. Example components include advocacy and promotion of public health at all levels of society, critical and creative thinking and problem solving skills, cultural contexts affecting community health, ethical decision-making as related to self and society, and research methods. 


Students may substitute the following courses as electives if they are approved by the Global Health Minor Committee. Approval will be in consultation with instructors and based on expectations regarding the relevance to the Global Health Minor:

CLA-213 Spec Topics:Anc History

ECO-224 Econ/Pol Development

ECO-232 Public Policy

ENG-302 Writing in the Community:Grants/NonProf

HIS-330 Adv Topics: Modern Europe

PHI-110 Philosophical Ethics

PSC-316 Public Policy

REL-270 Theological Ethics

REL-280 Topics in American Religion

REL-297 Anthropology of Religion

RHE-101 Public Speaking

Successful completion of an Modern Languages course at the 202 level or above may also be used.

Suggested Co-Curricular Experiences

A focus of the Global Health Minor is to provide students experiential learning opportunities through partnerships with local non-profit organizations, health departments, and community clinics, as well as regional/international research and immersion experiences. Students will be strongly encouraged to participate in at least one extended co-curricular experience.  Examples include the immersion trip to Peru, WISE community positions (multiple opportunities are available each semester), the Wabash College Health Care Immersion Program, and summer internships in the following: community health, advocacy or policy, social entrepreneurship, health education, epidemiology, or medical research.  Students will also have opportunities to participate in seminars, journal clubs, campus discussions and community programs relevant to public and global health.

As the Global Health minor is not housed in any one department, a committee for the global health minor will be appointed by the Dean of the College. The committee will be made up of three (3) faculty members who teach from the minor's courses, along with the Program Coordinator of the Global Health Initiative (ex officio). This committee will act to (1) help determine if a new course counts towards the Global Health minor; (2) serve as the minor faculty representative on senior oral comprehensive exams. The committee will review all declared minors’ progress at the end of each year.