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Global Health, Culture and Society Program

The most pressing challenges to global health are not biological and technical, but rather social, economic and political. Future leaders need to know about the range of serious health problems facing people at home and around the globe and the intersecting economic, political and cultural factors that determine them. The undergraduate minor in Global Health, Culture and Society offers an integrated set of interdisciplinary courses aimed at understanding the complex interplay of the economic, social, ethical, behavioral and biomedical dimensions of population health.

The Global Health, Culture and Society Minor is administered by the Center for the Study of Human Health.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Peter Brown
P9064865
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Notre Dame, 1973
  • MA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1976
  • PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1978

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Global Health, Culture, and Society, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • medical anthropology
  • disease eradication and development
  • infectious disease
  • obesity
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Mediterranean Europe
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Peter Brown
P9064865
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Notre Dame, 1973
  • MA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1976
  • PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1978

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Global Health, Culture, and Society, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • medical anthropology
  • disease eradication and development
  • infectious disease
  • obesity
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Mediterranean Europe
Core Faculty
Peter Brown
P9064865
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Notre Dame, 1973
  • MA, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1976
  • PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1978

Departments

  • Anthropology, Core Faculty
  • Global Health, Culture, and Society, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • medical anthropology
  • disease eradication and development
  • infectious disease
  • obesity
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Mediterranean Europe

Courses

Global Health, Culture, and Society 200-Level Courses
GHCS 200R: Global Health Through Film
General Information
Credit Hours
2
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This is a discussion-based course on critical issues in Global Health. It is designed as a supplemental or over-load course for students interested in global health and health-related careers but who may not have sufficient room in their academic schedule to take a full course. Students will view and discuss both documentary and popular films dealing with contemporary Global Health and Development problems. The course explores key social, economic, ethical, cultural, public health and medical issues surrounding these global health issues, and how films can act to shape our understanding, accurately or less accurately, of these issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes
100
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
GHCS 205: Foundations of Global Health
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 205: Foundations of Global Health
HLTH 250: Foundations of Global Health
Course Description

An introduction to the overall field of global health, its history, methods, and key principles, with case studies illustrating the burden of disease in nations with strikingly different political-economic contexts.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Global Health, Culture, and Society 300-Level Courses
GHCS 300R: Core Issues in Global Health
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics vary. This capstone seminar uses disease-specific case studies to demonstrate how global health problems are best understood from multiple perspectives. Course meetings are coordinated with ongoing programs in Rollins School of Public Health.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
GHCS 300RW: Core Issues in Global Health
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics vary. This capstone seminar uses disease-specific case studies to demonstrate how global health problems are best understood from multiple perspectives. Course meetings are coordinated with ongoing programs in Rollins School of Public Health.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
GHCS 390: Special Topics Taken Abroad
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
GHCS 390W: Special Topics Taken Abroad
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes

Honors Program

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the department for further details.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

GHCS 300S on “Infectious Disease in the Context of South Africa” is offered within the CIPA Emory Interdisciplinary Program in South Africa. The program is linked to service-learning programs in Cape Town. See http://www.cipa.emory.edu/.

For more information, see Study Abroad.