Bachelor of Science in Global Health

The Bachelor of Science in International Health has been renamed the Bachelor of Science in Global Heath.

The Bachelor of Science in Global Heath in the Department of International Health provides a strong base for the graduate or professional training that many global health positions require, as well as for entry into the field of global health.  

The department's curriculum blends public health and health systems management with an emphasis on the environment, culture, economics, and politics and their influence on health.

Course Descriptions

The Office of the University Registrar maintains a list of courses and course descriptions for the Global Health Program.  To see the course descriptions for the current academic year, visit the registrar's Web site.

Program Features

  • One of the first of its kind in the country
  • Allows students to complete pre-med coursework and study abroad
  • Offers the opportunity to learn from faculty who have worked in leading health organizations, such as the World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Located in Washington, D.C., providing extraordinary resources, guest speakers, and field trips
  • Offers internships in local organizations serving diverse cultures and in international organizations
  • Small classes

Writing in the Major

For a successful and productive career in global health, undergraduate students must learn to think critically and communicate effectively. This includes being able to formulate good questions, to find information that will inform your question, to evaluate the source of the information, to synthesize and analyze the information, and to present your findings to different audiences. Modes of communication that you are expected to master during your four years at Georgetown include, but are not limited to, oral presentations, literature reviews, research papers, proposals, professional blogs and opinion pieces.

The major in Global Health builds these skills throughout the curriculum. Early emphasis is placed on the foundations of writing, oral presentations, and critical thinking in the HEST 001, GLOH 140 and GLOH 202 courses; guidance on how to write a research paper is provided in GLOH 220 and GLOH 360 - a communication mode that is practiced several times in elective courses. Students are enabled to develop their writing skills using a number of other formats during both core and elective classes.

In addition to in-class instruction on writing in our discipline, Global Health students will participate in a writers’ workshop during the fall semester of freshman year. This workshop will teach basic writing and editing skills for writing in global health and development. The workshop will be planned and executed in conjunction with the GU Writing Center.

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Opens Doors

Alumni pursue graduate or medical degrees at various locations, enter the workforce, or participate in service efforts.  Examples include:

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Harvard School of Medicine
  • London School of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
  • University of North Carolina School of Public Health
  • Teach for America
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Liberia Ministry of Health
  • World Vision International
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Accenture
  • Peace Corps.

Graduates work in medicine, law, public health, policy, and epidemiology.

Useful Links

Degree Progression Plan
Environmental and Occupational Health Minor Requirements
Health Promotion Minor Requirements
Program Brochure