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Global Health Studies at Allegheny College


Undergraduate Global Health


Global health is an area of growing interest for students and undergraduate institutions.  As a course of study, it

represents the critical integration of diverse fields of science, ethics, policy, and globalization.  It is a model of liberal

education.  The number of undergraduate programs (majors, minors, certificates) are growing, and our faculty are

passionate about improving their teaching in this field.


Founded on the belief that undergraduate liberal education can play an essential role in meeting the world’s health challenges, Allegheny College's Global Health Studies program draws upon Allegheny’s longstanding commitments to civic engagement, diverse perspectives, internationalization, and interdisciplinary learning. Thanks in part to a generous grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, we have added new faculty in epidemiology, maternal/child health and food security, designing new health-related courses, supporting student research and experiential learning opportunities, and offer both a major and a minor in Global Health Studies.


We believe that durable solutions to the world's health challenges -- both domestic and globally -- must be interdisciplinary, collaborative, and combine population-based prevention with community-based approaches to education, empowerment, sustainability, and clinical care. 



Important facts about the Global Health Studies department:

  • An interdivisional program that promotes a multidimensional understanding of local and global health issues

  • Particular focus on low-resource regions around the world

  • Emphasizes the links between health and patterns of economic and social development

  • Brings together courses on the environment, ethics, politics, economics, society, and culture


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