Mission, Objectives, & Outcomes

The mission of the Department of International Health is to become an academic leader in the field of international health and development, and to provide students a range of international health related learning opportunities as well as field-based research experiences at premier research institutions in middle and low income countries.

This is in response to an increasing demand for well-qualified health professionals due to persisting infectious diseases and newly emerging health threats, as well as increasing life-style related non-communicable diseases.

There is no more of a challenging and important mission than improving the health status of populations around the world and addressing the unacceptable inequalities and unfavorable social determinants of health in many parts of the world.

B.S. in International Health Objective and Curriculum Outline

The international health major provides a unique undergraduate education in the field of international health and development by providing both academic training in a variety of carefully selected health-related subjects and field-based research experience at premier research institutions in development settings.

The Bachelor of Science in International Health degree responds to the growing need for well-qualified professionals able to deal with the special health problems of developing countries and with the complex web of international institutions and initiatives that address the persistent health inequalities across the globalized world.

Students study the interaction of environment, culture, and the political economy of health and development, and how these relationships influence global health outcomes.

Experts from agencies such as the World Health Organization, the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, USAID, the Global Health Council and other non-governmental organizations participate in a variety of curricular activities.

Students will gain field experience and apply fundamental classroom skills in developing countries at research institutions abroad.

During the first three years of the undergraduate program, students explore the biological sciences and fundamental concepts, frameworks, and topics in international health.

During this time, they will develop skills in public health research methods including epidemiology, data collection and statistical analysis which will prepare them for field research during their senior year practical experience abroad.

During their junior and senior years, students will be able to focus on a variety of topics and current issues in global health, such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, health care financing, access to medicines, communicable disease control and the impact of globalization on health.

During the course of the four-year program, students will develop critical thinking skills that they will apply in improving the health of the people with whom they are working.

Student Learning Goals

By the time students graduate with a major in International Health they will:

  1. Demonstrate the use of critical thinking in all aspects of their educational and professional endeavors.
  2. Apply fundamental principles and skills in conducting research in the field of international health.
  3. Assess how conditions in developing countries impact on people’s health status.
  4. Participate in community-based learning experiences that enhance and expand their classroom experiences.
  5. Examine through a critical lens what it means to be a global citizen in a world where there is considerable inequity in health.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate and analyze international health-related scientific studies, findings and reports.
  2. Design, manage, and evaluate independent field and policy research using research methodologies and evidence-based analysis.
  3. Evaluate the challenges and formulate appropriate strategies of providing health services in developing countries utilizing the theories and principles of public health and epidemiology.
  4. Immerse themselves in any community with professional, institutional, political and cultural awareness and understanding.
  5. Analyze the comprehensive determinants of global health inequity.

Curriculum Map

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