Global Health Scholars
Global Health Scholars complete an interdisciplinary course of study that includes required and elective courses, field work, and independent research with faculty guidance. The required curriculum has been designed to address fundamental and applied economic, political, social, cultural, biological and scientific issues relevant to global health. Any substitutes for required courses must be approved by the Global Health Studies Program Director.
Global Health Scholars are selected in the fall of their sophomore year, although in exceptional cases juniors may also be accepted. Interested students are encouraged to attend an information session about the Global Health Scholars program during early October.
In the summer after junior year, Scholars conduct their own independent global health fieldwork, for which they receive support in the form of coursework, designated funding, and advising on selection of their field projects from global health faculty. During their senior year, Scholars are expected to complete a major written product, which may be incorporated into their senior requirement after discussion with academic advisors and may be developed into a publication-worthy product.
Global Health Scholars conduct fieldwork related to a variety of health topics, including infectious disease, non-communicable disease, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, and neglected tropical diseases. Following are a few examples of Scholars’ field experiences.