Global Health (BA)
Accelerated Program

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 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.

Degree Offered

Global Health (BA)
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of

Tempe, Online

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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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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 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 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 Educators12.2%$50,430
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$62,550
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Counseling Psychologists 19.6%$68,900
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 10.7%$66,250
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 4%$69,210
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 9.1%$48,120
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 19%$90,210
Industrial Ecologists 10.7%$66,250
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Medical and Health Services Managers 16.9%$92,810
Political Scientists-2.3%$104,920
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$73,790
Public Relations Specialists 6.2%$55,680
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Loss Prevention Managers 3.9%$105,060
Supply Chain Managers 3.9%$105,060
Transportation Planners -2%$75,630

* 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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