USC Health Promotion & Disease Prevention
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Bachelor of Science in Global Health

The Bachelor of Science in Global Health is a multidisciplinary degree offered through the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The Global Health program examines public health and policy issues in the context of global affairs. Students complete a majority of their coursework from Keck’s Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Program and USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations. Additional requirements are also completed from other schools and departments of the university. The program provides students with a strong background in understanding and evaluating global health issues and prepares students to become health professionals with international competencies. This program is an ideal major for students interested in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, international relations, public health, epidemiology, health psychology and health behavior research.

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded after students successfully complete 128 units, consisting of 66 units for the major and fulfillment of USC general education requirements including third semester equivalency in a foreign language.

Requirements for the Major (66 units)

The program is divided into core and elective components. As part of the core research requirements, students must complete a directed research requirement, HP 490x, with a specific international research focus.

The core component (42-46 units) is required for all students.

Core Courses (32 units) Units
BISC 220L General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology, or
BISC 221L Advanced General Biology: Cell Biology and Physiology 4
CHEM 105aL General Chemistry, or
CHEM 115aL Advanced General Chemistry 4
ECON 203 Principles of Microeconomics 4
HP 270 Introduction to Global Health 4
HP 320 Biological and Behavioral Basis of Disease 4
HP 470 Case Studies in Global Health 4
IR 308 Globalization: Issues and Controversies 4
MATH 125 Calculus I 4

Core Research Courses (10–16 units) Units
HP 340L Health Behavior Statistical Methods 4
HP 350L Health Behavior Research Methods 4
HP 490x Directed Research 2-4 (max.12)

Students must choose 24 units of elective course work from the following lists. At least 8 units must be from HP and at least 8 units must be from IR.

HP Upper Division Electives (Minimum 8 units) Units
HP 300 Theoretical Principles of Health Behavior 4
HP 370 Introduction to Epidemiology: Methods and Applications 4
HP 400 Culture, Lifestyle, and Health 4
HP 401 Cultural Competence in Medicine 4
HP 402 Maternal and Child Health 4
HP 403 Behavioral Medicine 4
HP 404 Religion and Health 4
HP 405 Sexually Transmitted Diseases: A Global Public Health Priority 4
HP 408 Environmental Health in the Community 4
HP 420 Gender and Minority Health Issues 4
HP 422 AIDS in Society 4
HP 446 Poisons, People, and Politics 4
HP 448 Global Environmental Changes and Health 4
HP 450 Traditional Eastern Medicine and Modern Health 4

IR Electives (Minimum 8 units) Units
IR 305 Managing New Global Challenges 4
IR 306 International Organizations 4
IR 307 Contemporary International Politics 4
IR 308 Globalization: Issues and Controversies 4
IR 309 Global Governance 4
IR 315 Ethnicity and Nationalism in World Politics 4
IR 316 Gender and Global Issues 4
IR 323 Politics of Global Environment 4
IR 325 Rich and Poor States in the World Political Economy 4
IR 339 Public Health and International Relations 4
IR 344 Developing Countries in World Politics 4
IR 349 International Law and Politics 4
IR 371 Global Civil Society: Non-State Actors in World Politics 4
IR 422 Ecological Security and Global Politics 4
IR 424 Citizenship and Migration in International Politics 4
IR 444 Issues and Theories in Global Society 4
Other Electives (Maximum 8 units) Units
BISC 120Lx General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution, or
BISC 121L Advanced General Biology: Organismal Biology and Evolution 4
BISC 320L Molecular Biology 4
BISC 330L Biochemistry 4
CHEM 105bL General Chemistry, or
CHEM 115bL Advanced General Chemistry 4
CHEM 322aL Organic Chemistry 4
CHEM 322bL Organic Chemistry 4
GERO 483 Global Health and Aging 4
PHYS 135aL Physics for the Life Sciences, or
PHYS 151L Fundamentals of Physics I: Mechanics and Thermodynamics 4
PHYS 135bL Physics for the Life Sciences, or
PHYS 152L Fundamentals of Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4
POSC 442 The Politics of Human Differences: Diversity and Discrimination 4
POSC 451 Politics of Resources and Development 4
POSC 456 Women in International Development 4
PPD 250 Third World Cities 4
PPD 382 International Development 4
SOCI 432 Racial and Ethnic Relations in a Global Society 4
SOCI 460 Key Issues in Contemporary International Migration 4
SOCI 470 Development and Social Change in the Third World 4

Division of Health Behavior Research
Department of Preventive Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and Global Health Programs
Department of Preventive Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
837 Downey Way,
Stonier Hall 101; MC 1149
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Phone: 213.740.1060

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