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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Accelerated BA/MA Program

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.

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 Educators 14.5%$53,940
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary 10%$66,510
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Counseling Psychologists 14.3%$75,090
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 11.1%$69,400
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 8.1%$71,780
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 10.1%$49,960
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 25.9%$97,870
Industrial Ecologists 11.1%$69,400
Investment Fund Managers8%$105,610
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5%$98,350
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$81,430
Public Relations Specialists 8.8%$59,300
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8%$105,610
Security Managers8%$105,610
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Loss Prevention Managers8%$105,610
Supply Chain Managers 8%$105,610
Transportation Planners 6.5%$79,370

* 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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