Minor in Global Public Health & the Common Good
Boston College offers an undergraduate minor and a range of courses in Global Public Health and the Common Good. Our entry-level courses are open to students from across Boston College and are designed to introduce students in any field of study to core concepts in public health.
Enrollment in the 6-course (18 credit) minor in Global Public Health and the Common Good is by competitive application submitted in the spring of the freshman or sophomore year. Students accepted into the minor have the opportunity to delve deeply into epidemiology, the core science of public health, and to pursue coursework and research in diverse areas of public health such as infectious disease epidemiology, the epidemiology of cancer, children’s environmental health, environmental epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology and refugee health. A distinctive future of the minor is its strong emphasis on the ethical, moral and legal foundations of global public health.
The minor provides opportunities for academic and experiential learning, reflection and service in the United States and overseas.
The minor in Global Public Health and the Common Good is open to students with career interests in medicine, nursing, environmental studies and public health. It will prepare students for postgraduate studies in public health (MPH and PhD) and enrich the education of students headed to medicine, dentistry and nursing. And because public health is highly interdisciplinary and intersects many fields of human endeavor, the minor is open also to students interested in law, economics, international studies, mathematics, physics, chemistry, the humanities, business, social work and education.
The minor in Global Public Health and the Common Good is composed of 3 required courses and 3 electives.
The required courses are:
- Public Health in a Global Society (PHCG1210, cross-listed as NURS1210)
- Introduction to Epidemiology (PHCG2120)
- Either Global Public Health Law (PHCG2130) or The Ethics of Global Public Health and the Common Good (PHCG3223, cross-listed as THEO3223)
Recognizing that public health is an eclectic field that draws insights and technologies from many disciplines, the approved electives span a wide range of schools and departments across Boston College. Additional courses at Boston College and in other institutions in the United States and overseas may be may be considered as approved electives subject to the approval of the program director and Associate Deans.
The goal of the minor in Global Public Health and the Common Good is to introduce students from a wide range of majors, disciplines and schools across Boston College to key concepts in Global Public Health. Program graduates will gain knowledge of:
- The theory, history and key issues in Global Public Health
- Epidemiology, the study of the distribution and determinants of health and disease in populations – the core science of public health
- The social, economic and environmental determinants of health and disease
- The contributions of public health to the stability and well-being of modern societies
- The moral, ethical and legal foundations of Global Public Health
The minor is open to students interested in medicine, dentistry, nursing, environmental health and public health. It will prepare students for postgraduate studies in public health and enrich the education of students headed to medicine, dentistry, nursing, law, economics, international studies, mathematics, physics, chemistry, the humanities, business, social work and education.