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What Does it Look Like to Study Global Public Health at Concordia?

The major in global public health trains students to understand the art and science of preventing disease and promoting population health. Students will learn about infectious diseases, chronic diseases, the risk and protective factors that impact health as well as developing and evaluating health-related programs.

Program Overview

Completion of a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Global Public Health will allow students to have a health-related career in a variety of industries that support population health and well-being including jobs in the public sector as well as for profit multi-national corporations, international organizations and nonprofit organizations at the local, community, state, national and international levels.

Curriculum Overview for Global Public Health Degree

Students will have the skills and competencies to work in a wide variety of industries in the health arena including governmental agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations at the local, city, state, national and international levels.

Here are some highlighted courses:

Essentials of Global Public Health: Basic introduction to the overview of health and what it entails both in the United States and in the rest of the world. Analyze data, better understanding of health issues.

Globalization, Trade and Health Policy: The world is getting “smaller” we connect with people through Facebook and Skype, our clothes are made in other countries.  How does this affect us in the US? Multinational corporations are a big part of the health industry (pills/medicine, food, clothes, electronics and more). How can we capitalize on the increasing interconnectedness to promote healthy societies?

Comparative Health Care Systems: Knowledge of the US healthcare system (healthcare delivery, hospitals, clinics, community centers and more) and compare with health systems in France, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Cuba and others. What can we learn from others?

Program Benefits

The program is unique in that it trains our future leaders in the art and science of preventing disease and promoting health so that they will have very strong impact on the growth and development of a society’s economy, infrastructure and overall development.

It creates a path for students to be trained by faculty versed in social sciences and humanities, natural science, political science, liberal arts, human resources, finance, marketing, communication, international business and more. In today’s world, health is a measure of quality of life and has great impact on human productivity in the labor force. A healthy workforce is a productive workforce. Health trends are changing in both developed (high income) and developing (low and middle income) countries.

Career Outcomes

  • Public Health Technicians
  • Environmental Specialists
  • Public Health Program Specialists
  • Public Health Nutritionists
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Community Outreach Specialists
  • Community Outreach/Field Workers
  • Policy Analysts/Planners
  • Public Health Educators
  • Health Information System/Data Analysts


Why study Global Public Health?

As the world becomes increasingly interdependent and borders shrink, health concerns and diseases in different parts of the world affect us all. Students in this program are specially trained in global health topics as well as the breadth and depth of issues that cross disciplines and help to promote a healthy society.

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