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Global Environment and Health (GEH)

“While riding a bike through the countryside of Hoi An, our group stopped at a farm. The local farmers taught us about agricultural production in this particular area of the country,” Emily Rheaume, BA International Studies ‘13

In this sub-plan, students take courses that help them understand global trends in public health and in the natural environment as these intersect with the human experience. Among the topics covered are global public health, comparative health policy, epidemics and pandemics, comparative environmental policy, comparative history of mental health treatments across countries, environmental disasters, and climate change.

Language Requirement: Sixth term proficiency.

Core Courses (7 credits):

  • INTLSTD 301: Topics in International Studies
  • INTLSTD 401: International Studies Advanced Seminar

Research Methods Course (3 credits): One research methods course chosen from the following list:

  • ECON 309: Experimental Economics
  • ECON 401: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 451 (or 405 prior to Fall 2014): Intermediate Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics
  • POLSCI 300 (or 499 prior to Winter 2016): Quantitative Empirical Methods of Political Science
  • POLSCI 391: Introduction to Modeling Political Processes
  • POLSCI 490: Game Theory and Formal Models
  • SOC 310: Introduction to Research Methods
  • STATS 250: Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis

Note: Completion of the Methods requirement is recommended prior to enrolling in INTLSTD 301.

Regional Course (3 credits): One geographic emphasis course devoted to a single world region or country that is related to foreign language of study.

GEH Courses (12 credits): Four courses, chosen from an approved list, to gain knowledge in sub-plan area.

  • At least one course must be at the 400 level.
  • Must include at least two academic subjects.

Note: Approved sub-plan course lists may be found on the PICS Courses page.

Three electives (9 credits): The electives are designed to allow students to further personalize their major. Students will elect three advanced courses which will be expected to build upon the theme of their sub-plans. The selected courses should thus contribute to the coherence of the student’s overall concentration. Students may select additional sub-plan, regional, or relevant study abroad courses, however there is no preapproved list of electives. Because there is no preapproved list, students must seek and obtain the approval of elective courses—on a course-by-course basis — from a PICS advisor. It is strongly advised that this approval be obtained before taking the class.