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The BA in global health is a transdisciplinary degree program designed for students who seek a broad and flexible set of skills for understanding contemporary health challenges and thinking about how they might best be solved. Global health is understood in the anthropological sense, meaning ways of understanding and addressing disease, health and well-being that can incorporate all cultures, places and time and that can integrate knowledge of health's social, historical, biological and ecological dimensions.
The curriculum emphasizes the development of core skills in critical thinking, problem-solving and the importance of direct experience (research, study abroad, service learning and advocacy). The program cultivates capacities to deal with any complex problem with social components: how to identify the critical issues, ask the right questions and create solutions that are meaningful and effective.
Students are required to participate in an approved global health study abroad program.
Global Health (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, The College of
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ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.
Students also have the option of pursuing an accelerated global health MA in addition to their undergraduate degree.
The accelerated BA/MA in global health program allows the most talented global health undergraduates to acquire advanced skills in this field.
Students must apply to this program their junior year – admission is competitive. Students work closely with faculty and student peers, gaining supervised practical experience in the application of core skills to the solution of basic global health problems.
Students accepted into the accelerated BA/MA program apply three credits of 400-level coursework from the BA to the MA, and six credits of 500-level coursework from the MA to the BA. This "saves" nine credit hours of work for the degrees combined.
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:
The degree program also provides a broad intellectual base for those who plan advanced specialist health training in fields such as:
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.
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:
|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).