BA Global Health
The BA in global health is a transdisciplinary degree that provides students with new skill sets and perspectives to help them understand and solve contemporary public health challenges in diverse cultures while accounting for social, historical, biological and ecological considerations, whether in the poorest nations or the most industrialized.
The curriculum focuses on identifying critical issues, asking the right questions and creating meaningful and effective solutions that top health employers demand, and through transformative hands-on experience students gain personal growth, empathy and insight. Students are required to participate in an approved global health study abroad program, and a variety of destinations and focuses are available.
Many faculty in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change hold titles of national distinction and are recognized experts in hot topics such as water security, obesity, resource management, disease, mental health, and stigma, among others.
Students enrolled in this program may not pursue a concurrent degree with the Bachelor of Arts in anthropology or the BS in anthropology, but they may add a minor in anthropology to complement the core curriculum.
Required Courses (Major Map)
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At a Glance: program details
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.
ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.
Change of Major Requirements
A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.
Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.
Flexible Degree Options
Accelerated program options
This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:
Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.
Training in global health provides enormous and varied career opportunities, both national and international, and demand is high and growing for graduates with these skills. The major supports the goals of those pursuing careers in health services, academic and applied research, and teaching. Potential employers 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
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:
Health and Safety Manager
- Growth: 3.8%
- Median Salary*: $76,340
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu
ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master's degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated bachelor's degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.