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.

Cape Town's Sanitation Problem

With the generous support of the Global Health Studies program, Amelia spent the summer of 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa working in an internship that combined her interest in global health, social justice, and writing.

Global Leadership and Training

Partners In Health (PIH) is an NGO that provides quality care in the most underserved communities globally. At PIH, I was tasked with developing training materials on the topic of negotiation.

The Epidemiology of Hookworm Infection among School Children in Rural Communities in Kintampo North Municipality

I had the unique and fascinating opportunity to investigate the epidemiology of hookworm infection among rural school children in Ghana.The study was composed of two parts – a laboratory portion and a field portion – that together sought

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Kristina Talbert-Slagle








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