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Do you want to improve or save lives, at home or around the globe? Come learn the skills and tools needed to help others thrive physically and emotionally and to protect vital resources and vulnerable populations. Be prepared for a career in public health policy, NGOs, disaster management, medical school or consultancy.

The BA in global health is a transdisciplinary degree that provides new skillsets and perspectives to understand and solve contemporary public health challenges, from the poorest nations to the most industrialized. This program yields new ways of understanding diverse cultures, places and perspectives while accounting for social, historical, biological and ecological considerations.

The curriculum focuses on identifying critical issues, asking the right questions and creating meaningful and effective solutions that top health employers demand, combined with personal growth, empathy and insight gleaned through transformative hands-on experience. Students are required to participate on-ground in an approved global health study abroad program and a variety of destinations and focuses are available.

Many faculty in the program hold titles of national distinction and are recognized experts in hot topics such as water security, obesity, resource management, disease, mental health, stigma and more.

Students currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in global health may not pursue a concurrent degree with the BA in anthropology or the BS in anthropology due to the high level of overlap in curriculum. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

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Global Health, BA

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Career outlook

Nationally and internationally, the health field provides enormous and varied career opportunities, and demand is high and growing for graduates with specific skills. The major supports the goals of those pursuing careers in academic research, teaching and health services. Sample employment venues include:

  • departments of health
  • government agencies
  • international agencies (World Health Organization, Center for Disease Control, Global Health Council, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank)
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • private sector
  • universities

The degree program also provides a broad intellectual base for those who plan advanced specialist health training in fields such as:

  • dentistry
  • medicine
  • nursing
  • pharmacy

In Arizona and elsewhere, there is a pressing need for professionals with appropriate skills to work in cross-cultural settings or with underserved populations (such as migrants, minorities and those living in poverty), and many of these jobs are directly or indirectly related to health.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 11.1%$69,400
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 8.1%$71,780
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 25.9%$97,870
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5%$98,350
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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