Global Public Health Major in the Global Development Studies Program
The Department of Public Health Sciences and the Global Development Studies Program jointly administer the major in Global Development Studies with a concentration in Global Public Health (GPH), which focuses on public health in the context of socio-economic development. For more information, please see the Global Development Studies Program, which is directed by Richard Handler, Professor and Director of Global Development Studies Program, Department of Anthropology.
The Major in Global Development Studies with a concentration in Global Public Health requires 30 total credits which include the following:
1. Pre-requisites (6 credits)
- ECON 201
- One "area" course relevant to the student's topical or geographic interest. The area course can come from any department. Its purpose is to give the student background on a geographic area to be pursued as a research project within the major. Geographic areas can be relatively broadly or narrowly defined ("Latin America" is a relatively broad category, "Cuba" is much narrower).
2. Core Courses (18 credits)
- GDS 3010-3020, Global Development, Theories and Case
Studies (6 credits)
- Starting Fall 2011, GDS 3010 is to be taken in the first semester of the student's third year; GDS 3020, in the first semester of the student's fourth year.
- This two-semester sequence focuses on theories and case studies illustrating different approaches to global development.
- Four PHS (Public Health Sciences) courses (12 credits)
- To be chosen in consultation with an advisor from among the regular PHS offerings at the 5000-level.
- Frequently offered PHS courses include PHS 5015 (qualitative methods in global public health), PHS 5050 (public health law, ethics, and policy), PHS 5090 (health care economics), and PHS 5184 (global public health policy and practice).
3. Elective Courses (12 credits, all at or above the 3000 level)
Electives will be chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor, who will help the student put together a suite of areal and topical courses relevant to the student's interests in global public health.
4. Language competency
One (1) course beyond the 2020 level of any language taught at UVA (or in an approved study-abroad program)
- OR -
One (1) year of a language that is new to the student and relevant to their GDS focus.
5. Field Placement
Students are expected to do a health-related field-placement or service project in either a global or local setting. Normally, such fieldwork will not carry academic credit. For in-depth projects that have academic or research dimensions, students may work with faculty to seek academic research or independent study credit for the field placement.
- Students should review their plans for their field placements with their faculty advisor.
- Field placements generally should be between 80-120 hours. These hours can take place during one summer, or can be spread out over the course of a semester or academic year by working a few hours each week.
- Students are expected to keep a journal during their field placement and provide the faculty advisor with about 10 pages (double-spaced) of journal entries. Journal entries are informal, personal reflections about the field placement experience. The goal of the journal entries is to encourage students to integrate the ideas and knowledge they obtained in their coursework with those obtained in the field experience. Journals are due to the faculty advisor by April 1st of the student's final year.
Students apply for entrance into the major in March of their second year. When applying, students must indicate whether they wish to be considered for (1) the major in Global Development Studies (GDS) or (2) the major in Global Development Studies with a concentration in Global Public Health (GPH). Students cannot apply to both tracks.
Newly admitted transfer students who will begin their third year in the fall semester can apply for entrance to the major in May, as soon as they have been notified of their admission to the University. We will not accept transfer applications after May 20.
Admission is very competitive. In 2012, we will accept about 20 students for the GDS major and 10 students for the GPH concentration, for a total of about 30 students.
How to apply (Please see the Global Development Studies Program for more information.)
Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2012
Submit your application electronically to Professor Handler.
- Application form
- Transcript (an unofficial one that you print out yourself is sufficient)
- Resume (including important extracurricular activities, work experience, academic honors, and other relevant experiences)
- Personal statement, no more than 500 words, typed and double-spaced, that answers the following questions:
a. Why are you interested in becoming a Global Development Studies
b. What is your conception of development, and what issues in development studies have interested you to this point?
c. What is your proposed area of study within the major, and how would you support that area of study with courses, research, etc.?
Faculty Advisory Board, Global Public Health
Ruth Bernheim, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences
Rebecca Dillingham, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases
Richard Handler, Professor and Director of Global Development Studies Program, Department of Anthropology
Aaron Mills, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences
Jeanita White Richardson, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences