Academics

Boston College curently offers an undergraduate minor and several undergraduate courses in Global Public Health and the Common Good. A new major is planned for 2021. These programs provide opportunities for academic and experiential learning, community service and reflection in the United States and abroad.

Minor in Global Public Health and the Common Good

The Undergraduate Minor in Global Public Health and the Common Good at the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society at Boston College provides opportunities for community service, reflection and experiential learning in the United States and abroad. This 6-course minor introduces students from a broad range of backgrounds to key concepts in Global Public Health.

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The goal of the 6-course 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 foundational 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 and ethical foundations of Global Public Health
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The Global Public Health and the Common Good minor consists of 3 required core courses and a selection of 3 elective courses.

Core Courses

  • Fundamentals of Global Public Health (NURS1210) – Offered Fall/Spring
  • Epidemiology (Course Number TBA) – Offered Fall/Spring
  • ONE of the following:
    • Ethics in Global Health (Course Number TBA)
    • Global Health Law (Course Number TBA)

Electives

In addition to the 3 required courses students are also expected to select 3 elective courses from the list below. PLEASE NOTE: Additional electives may be considered subject to the approval of the program director and Associate Deans.

  • Two Elective Courses from List A
  • One Elective Course from List B
     

Applications for the 2019-2020 Academic Year are currently closed.

Admittance to the minor in Global Public Health and the Common Good is by application.  Students can apply in the spring semester of either their freshman or sophomore year.  Rising seniors will be admitted only if they have already fulfilled many of the course requirements for the minor.

We seek a broad range of students from programs and schools across Boston College to apply to the minor.

  • We invite pre-health and nursing students who wish to understand how the health of populations informs the care of individual patients.
  • We invite students from the humanities, business, economics, environmental science, pre-law, political science, international studies and other majors who wish to learn how the health of populations and the social, political, economic and environmental determinants of health and disease influence public policy, drive economic growth, and shape the destiny of nations.

Students who wish to apply to the minor are strongly encouraged to take NURS 1210, Fundamentals of Global Public health before applying. This course is open to students in all schools at Boston College.

Students who wish to apply to the minor should submit their curriculum vitae and a brief (one-page maximum) statement explaining their interest in global public health. Submission deadlines will be announced each year in the spring semester.

For more information regarding minor applications please contact publichealth@bc.edu

Core Courses

  • Fundamentals of Global Public Health (NURS1210) – Offered Fall/Spring
  • Epidemiology (Course Number TBA) – Offered Fall/Spring
  • ONE of the following:
    • Ethics in Global Health (Course Number TBA)
    • Global Health Law (Course Number TBA)

Electives

In addition to the 3 required courses students are also expected to select 3 elective courses from the list below. PLEASE NOTE: Additional electives may be considered subject to the approval of the program director and Associate Deans.

  • Two Elective Courses from List A
  • One Elective Course from List B