Global Health



The concentration in global health is an interdisciplinary program designed for students who seek a broad and flexible set of skills for understanding contemporary health challenges and thinking about how they might best be solved. "Global" is understood in the anthropological sense, meaning ways of understanding and addressing disease, health and well-being that can incorporate all cultures, places and time, and that can integrate knowledge of health's social, historical, biological and ecological dimensions.


  • Student must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours for this concentration including 12 upper division hours.
  • A minimum of six upper division hours must be taken in courses offered in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • * Course prerequisite: SSH 100 or ASB 100 with a C or better.
  • ** Students must participate in a summer study abroad program: 6 hours minimum of a 3-week approved program to countries such as: Australia & Fiji, China, London, Guatemala, New Zealand, and more. Please go to: for more information.
  • For a complete list of courses offered through the School of Human Evolution and Social Change view - please note that only courses specifically marked as "core courses" may be considered for this concentration. You MUST consult with your academic advisor prior to enrollment so that an exception can be made in your academic record.

Introductory Core 3 hours

SSH/ASB 100 Introduction to Global Health (3) (this course is a prerequisite for most upper division courses in this concentration)

Three upper-division global health core courses (9) chosen from:

ASB 300 Food and Culture, (L or SB) & C (3)
ASB 316 Money and Culture, L or SB (3)
ASB 327 Disaster!, L or SB, C (3)
ASB 378 McGlobalization: Migration, Mass Media and McDonald's, (L or SB) & C (3)
ASB 395 Society and Drugs
ASB 395 Social Net Health
ASB 410 
ASB 462 OR SSH 404 Medical Anthropology: Culture and Health, SB, C (3)
ASM 345 Disease and Human Evolution (3)
SSH 414 OR ASM 414 OR SOS 414 Urban and Environmental Health, SB (3)(Prerequisites: ASM 104; AML 100 or SSH 100 with C or better; Min 45 hours)

For additional core course options students may refer to the global health course lists found here:


Study Abroad Program 6 hours**
Choose course from the following:

SSH 403 Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health (3-6)







Interdisciplinary Studies Advising
All appointments:

Downtown Phoenix
Arizona Center, Suite 380

Santa Catalina Hall

Urban Systems Engineering





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