Online Bachelor of Arts in Global Health
Arizona State University’s global health program employs a transdisciplinary lens to explore contemporary health challenges and ways to solve them. In this program, you’ll develop a broad set of abilities for addressing complex health issues while learning about factors that influence well-being across different cultures, places and times. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to pursue a career in community or public health.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 39
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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Why is global health important?
On an international scale, global health addresses crises ranging from infectious diseases to chronic conditions and age-related illnesses, as well as mental health concerns and the consequences of war, violence and displacement. Through the design and assessment of context-specific interventions, global health professionals protect the well-being of individuals, families and communities around the world.
Global health programs are important because they facilitate understanding and practice in using education, lifestyle modification, program implementation and research to prevent disease and promote overall health. By learning about the social, ecological and biological dimensions of health, you can see illness and well-being in a different light, preparing you to create new solutions.
What is a global health major?
The global health major is an undergraduate degree program that investigates the intersections of disciplines like:
- Evolutionary theory.
This program drives creative problem-solving and original solutions for promoting the health of people. In this program, you’ll build competencies in critical thinking while acquiring direct experience in the field. Educational opportunities include research, service learning and advocacy. Studying abroad is also strongly encouraged, but not required for online students for developing a hands-on perspective, though you can make alternative arrangements if necessary. This degree is intended to support your efforts in asking the right questions and imagining new answers that create meaningful and effective change.
Global health major courses
The global health program emphasizes the integration of diverse fields. Topics covered range from cultural anthropology to sociology, economic development and more. You’ll also benefit from opportunities for practical learning and direct experience. Featured courses include:
ASM 104: Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution (SG)
ASB 102: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (SB & G)
ASB 100: Introduction to Global Health (SB & G)
SSH 403: Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health ((L or SB) & G)
STP 231: Statistics for Life Science (CS)
STP 226: Elements of Statistics (CS)
ASM 201: Epidemics and Outbreaks
ASB 394: Statistics for Social Scientists
What can you do with a global health major?
Global health degree holders may pursue careers in community or public health. Roles are also available in research, teaching and health services. Many graduates work for nonprofits, international organizations and health departments. Others find jobs in the private sector. Career examples include:
Global health degree admission requirements
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
A top college with a global focus
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences takes a transdisciplinary approach to education with a vast spectrum of degrees in the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. We inspire students to be socially aware, critical thinkers and global citizens.
*According to the National Science Foundation.