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Global Public Health

Peter Koehn (Professor of Political Science), Advisor

Global Public Health (GPH) is an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on big issues facing the world community that will require insight and problem-solving leadership from future generations.  Coursework in the minor emphasizes a global perspective on issues of public health policy and science and applications to transnational and local (including tribal) situations and challenges.  Approved by the Board of Regents in March 2012, the GPH minor takes advantage of existing faculty expertise and courses to offer an interdisciplinary experience for interested undergraduate students. From a remarkable cross-campus team of highly qualified instructors, University of Montana students will learn about such transnationally interconnected challenges to public health as parasitic and vector-borne diseases, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, tuberculosis, climate-change impacts, trauma and violence, cancer prevention, obesity, maternal and child illnesses, nutrition, and the role of indigenous healers. The 21-credit curriculum is structured to ensure that students develop enduring understanding of determinants of illness, healing, and health from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. The curriculum also treats transnational, cultural, and ethical diversity and the interplay of biological, genetic, environmental, and societal forces that underlie individual and population health and illness, global health governance, and health policy within a cross-cutting exploration of ways to promote healthy behaviors and health equity. Core faculty will explore public-health issues utilizing insights available from disciplinary approaches that include epidemiology, anthropology, biology, political science, community-health planning, communication studies, and ethics.

Students who pursue the Global Public Health minor will become more informed and engaged citizens and will enhance their major field of study by preparing for a broad range of professions and graduate programs where they can promote global, local, and tribal public-health knowledge, research, and practice. A GPH minor opens transnational career pathways in well-funded global health projects for graduates who have expertise in business, law, economics, community health, social work, pharmacy, nursing, environmental sciences, and the natural sciences. Some graduates will advocate for the health-care needs of distant disadvantaged populations through service in the Peace Corps, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), public-health departments, disease-control centers, foundations, and international organizations. Others will utilize their awareness of global health issues to inform careers in research, health education and management, international economics, medicine, international business, immigrant health, philanthropy, diplomacy, public policy, and international public service.

Requirements for a Minor

The GPH minor requires completion of 21 credits, at least 9 of which must be at the upper-division (300+) level. Students must complete one required social-science course (PSCI 227, Introduction to Global Health Issues) and one required science course (BIOM 227, Epidemiology of Vector-Borne and Parasitic Diseases). Students must complete a minimum 9 credits or 3 additional “core” courses from the following list of 18 courses, some of which are offered biannually:

ANTY 349

ANTY 426

BIOM 400

BIOM 427/BIOM 428

CHTH 355 (HHP 330)

CHTH 445 (HHP 488)

COMM 425

ECNS 310

HS 430

PHAR 320(2 cr)

plus PHAR 395(1 cr)

PHL 321

PSCI 431

PSCI 463

PUBH 102  on-line

PHAR 471 on-ine

SW 465

SOCI 355

Students also must complete a minimum of 6 credits or 2 additional “content” courses from the following list:

ANTY 227

ANTY 333

ANTY 391

ANTY 402

ANTY 418

ANTY 422

ANTY 431

ANTY 435

ANTY 491


BIOH 112                        

BIOH 113

BIOH 462


BIOM 402/MICB 412

BIOM 435

COMX 204X (COMM 251X)

COMX 415 (COMM 451)

COMM 485


HTH 430 (HHP 415)

NASX 303

NASX 304

NASX 388


PSCI 324

PSCI 326

PSCI 348

PSCI 431

PSYC 362

PUBH 4xx/595

SW 300

SW 310

SW 323

SW 324

SW 410E

SW 455S

SW 475

SOCI 332

SOCI 371

SOCI 443

WGSS 263S (WGS 263S)

Students must take all core courses from The University of Montana’s curriculum, but can receive content credit for relevant practicum and internships experience and for relevant courses taken at other universities if approved by the program director.

Interested students need to complete the “add a minor” section on the “change of major” form and secure the signature of the program director.  This form can be obtained from the program director or the Registrar’s office.  One semester prior to graduation, the program director must approve and sign the student’s graduation plan.  Students are asked to complete a written exit interview for the purpose of program assessment.


Willard Granath, Ph.D.,

Tom Schwan, Ph.D.

Kimber Haddix McKay, Ph.D.

Gilbert Quintero, Ph.D.

Ralph C. Judd, Ph.D.

Joel Iverson, Ph.D.

Ranjan Shrestha, Ph.D.

K. Annie Sondag, Ph.D.

Laura Dybdal, Ph.D.

Ann K. Williams, Ph.D.

Annie Belcourt, Ph.D.

Rustem Medora, Ph.D.

Mark J. Hanson, Ph.D.

Peter Koehn, Ph.D.

Craig Molgaard, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Elizabeth Putnam, Ph.D.

Janet Finn, Ph.D.

Teresa Sobieszczyck, Ph.D.

Registrar's Office

Lommasson Center 201

Phone: (406) 243-2995

Fax: (406) 243-4807