Minor 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.

 

Students 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.  

Contact

Global Public Health and the Common Good

publichealth@bc.edu
648 Higgins Hall
617-552-2187

The application will close on February 10, 2023

At a Glance


6 courses
18 credits


Opportunities for academic and experiential learning, reflection and service.


Strong emphasis on the ethical and moral foundations of public health 

Academic Program

The minor in Global Public Health and the Common Good will prepare students for postgraduate studies in public health (MPH and PhD). 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 consists of 3 required courses and 3 electives, for a total of 18 credits. 

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) or (NURS9720 with CSON and GPHCG Dept. Permission)
  • 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.

In addition to the 3 required courses students are also expected to select 3 elective courses:

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

 

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. 

The application for the Global Public Health and the Common Good Minor for the 2022-2023 academic year is now closed. The application for 2023-2024 academic year will open on January 1, 2023. The best way to stay informed of all things related to the Global Public Health program, is to subscribe to our newsletter.

Admittance to the major and 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 considered 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.

  • 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 program are encouraged to take Public Health in a Global Society (NURS1210 cross-listed as PHCG1210) before applying. This course is open to students in all schools at Boston College, but it is not required to apply to the program.

Please contact publichealth@bc.edu with any questions regarding the application.

Student Ambassadors, 2022–2023

Because of their merit and passion for public health, GPHCG Student Ambassadors have been selected to represent the program at BC and beyond. It is their job to lead the next generation of public health professionals and help create meaningful impact in their communities.

Get Involved

Student Organizations

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student-run organizations dedicated to key issues in Global Public Health

Research

Students are invited to learn about our research and to become involved in projects of significant importance to modern societies.

Areas of major research interest within the program are:

  • The spread of pandemics,
  • Nutrition and health.
  • Health impacts of pollution and climate change, and
  • The ethical and legal foundations of public health