Welcome to the Global Health Minor!
The purpose of the minor in Global Health is to give undergraduates an opportunity to become familiar with the major problems and policy issues in global health. Students participating in the minor will be able to understand and discuss the determinants of global health and global responses to health problems, including health systems.
Students graduating with a minor in Global Health from the University of Washington will be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of:
- The burden of the most important health problems contributing to excess morbidity and mortality in developing countries and low-resource settings, including their magnitude and distribution and disparities in health status by gender, race, and economic class.
- Major historical, political, social, environmental, and economic determinants of adverse health in developing countries and low-resource settings in rich countries.
- Pathophysiology of the most prevalent infectious and chronic diseases and medical and public health approaches for prevention and treatment.
- Current and historic health programs and policies designed to address major health problems in low-resource setting and the roles of global health institutions, recommended levels of resources for implementation of interventions, and key barriers and challenges.
- How to analyze critically relevant topics in the popular press and in the Global Health literature.
By becoming knowledgeable in these core areas of global health, students should also be able to engage actively in efforts to improve health as global citizens.
Matt Sparke, PhD,Director
Daren Wade, MSW, Associate Director
Jennifer Lucero-Earle, MA, Group Adviser
Natasha Merchant, MiT, Administrator and Group Adviser
Matt Sparke maintains a special resource web page through which he communicates directly with students: Director's Corner.
Advising and Information Sessions
The global health minor advisers are Jennifer Lucero-Earle and Natasha Merchant. We hold monthly group advising and information sessions, which will be listed on our undergraduate events page. Both work in the Global Health Resource Center, which has offices in Mary Gates Hall and Harris Hydraulics Laboratory building (map). Our drop-in hours for spring quarter 2012 are every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Mary Gates 274C. We strongly advise you email email@example.com or call 206-685-5601 to arrange a meeting outside of the drop-in hours.
We provide additional opportunities for you to meet other students who share a passion for global health and who want to collaborate in the world beyond the university. These opportunities include ‘meet the speaker’ events at key campus talks by global health leaders, as well as career development and research symposium days designed to build bridges with the larger global health community in our region. To find out more about such events, please join our listserv (Globalhealthminor) or ‘friend’ us on Facebook.
Freshman Interest Groups
During autumn quarter 2011, the Department of Global Health will offer courses through two Freshmen Interest Groups (FIGs). These FIGs are described on the UW First Year Programs website. On the website, search for: FIG 71 LOCAL GLOBAL HEALTH FIG and/or FIG 68 PERSPECTIVES IN HEALTH FIG. If interested in either of these FIGs, please enroll during your orientation.
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Undergraduates show some of the books that have inspired them to study global health.