Global Public Health
Bard’s Global Public Health (GPH) concentration is designed to expose students to the range of disciplines and approaches that provide the backdrop for and inform public health research and policy. The field of public health focuses on the health of communities, which can be as small as local neighborhoods or as large as entire regions. Public health specialists take an inclusive view of health, focusing on topics as wide-ranging as access to medical care, disease prevention, and the social, political, and economic determinants of health. The field is particularly concerned with preventing health problems before they arise and with overcoming disparities in health among groups. Practitioners of public health can choose to focus on research, education, intervention, policy-making, or some combination of all of these areas.
GPH students are required to take a total of six courses as described below. To moderate into the concentration, students must have taken Human Rights 223, Epidemiology: A Human Rights Perspective, and at least one other course that fulfills GPH requirements. Normally, moderation into GPH happens alongside the student’s moderation into their primary program. Any student interested in moderating into GPH should contact Program Director Helen Epstein to discuss their plans.
GPH addresses the social, economic, scientific, and political dimensions of public health. Concentration requirements include courses in each of these areas.
- Human Rights 223, Epidemiology: A Human Rights Perspective
- Biology 121, Obesity
- Biology 145, Environmental Microbiology
- Biology 157, Food Microbiology
- Biology 158, Case Studies in Medical Biology
- Biology 244, Biostatistics
- Psychology 203, Statistics for Psychology
- Sociology 205, Introduction to Research Methods
- BGIA 337, Making Social Change*
- Economics 221, Economic Development
- Economics 321, Seminar in Economic Development
- Human Rights 338, Human Rights in the Global Economy
- Political Studies 104, International Relations
- Political Studies 314, Political Economy of Development
- Sociology 269, Global Inequality and Development
- BGIA 319, Issues in Global Public Health*
- Economics 212, Health Economics
- Human Rights 354, Reproductive Health and Human Rights
- Human Rights 261, The Epidemiology of Childhood
- This is a course, chosen in consultation with a GPH faculty member, that provides greater depth in one of the areas above and will, ideally, inform the Senior Project.
The two-semester Senior Project, based in the student’s primary discipline, must address global health themes by incorporating the interdisciplinary lessons they’ve learned during their GPH coursework.