CUGS in Global Health Studies

CUGS in Global Health Studies

CUGS in Global Health Studies

The Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) in Global Health Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the opportunity to study the global and local forces (sociocultural, political-economic, biological, and environmental) that affect patterns of health and disease throughout the world. Knowledge gained in completing this CUGS will help prepare students to work in fields related to international health, including the government sector, international development, the non-profit or humanitarian sector, and international healthcare. The CUGS will also offer a new course of study and credential for students who wish to pursue  graduate education.

The Global Health Studies CUGS will consist of 4 courses (12 semester hours), two of them required and two drawn from a bank of electives.

The two required courses, which offer a foundation in analyzing global health problems from social science and humanities perspectives, are:

  • ANTH 02355 Global Health in Anthropological Perspective (3 s.h.)
  • PHRE 11350 Spirituality And Healing (3 s.h.) OR PHIL 09341 Biomedical Ethics (3 s.h.) 

The electives bank (any two of the courses listed below) includes:

  • ANTH 02221 Human Variation (3 s.h.)
  • ANTH 02215 Medical Anthropology (3 s.h.)
  • CMS 04385 Constructing Health (3 s.h)
  • ECON 04351 Health Economics (3 s.h.)
    • (Prerequisites: ECON04101 Macro and ECON04102 Microeconomics)
  • HIST 05440 History of Medicine in Africa (3 s.h.)
    • (Prerequisite: HIST 05306 Historical Methods or COMP01.112 Composition II and permission of the instructor)
  • HLT 00302 Global Health (3 s.h.)
    • (Prerequisite: HLT 00200 Community and Public Health)
  • IS 25100 Global Challenges (3 s.h.)
  • PHIL 09341 Biomedical Ethics (3 s.h.)
    • (only available to students not using it as a required course)
    • (Prerequisite: COMP 01112 and one philosophy course or permission of instructor)
  • PHIL 09376 Philosophy Of Medicine (3 s.h.)
    • (Prerequisite: COMP 01112 Composition II)
  • PHRE 11350 Spirituality And Healing (3 s.h.)
    • (only available to students not using it as a required course)
  • POSC 07321 Contemporary World Problems (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 08422 Social Determinants of Health: Theory, Method and Intervention (3 s.h.)

Questions about this certificate? Contact Carla Lewandowski,, or Dr. Seran Schug,