Global Public Health

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

The Bachelor of Arts 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, and developing and evaluating health-related programs.

Program Overview

Completion of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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 multinational corporations, international organizations and nonprofit organizations at the local, community, state, national and international levels.

Curriculum Overview for Global Public Health Degree

Students will learn how to improve healthcare outcomes through business and policy.

Here are some highlighted courses:

Essentials of Global Public Health: This course examines the main functions of public health, disease prevention and health promotion. Students will learn the history and philosophy of public health, its core values and functions across the globe and in society. Students will examine the factors that impact health and how productivity is influenced by health outcomes since prevention is more cost effective than cure. Students will use case studies to learn about working in both clinical care settings and institutions that promote population health.

Globalization, Trade and Health Policy: Greater connectivity has resulted in increasing interdependence of the world and faster access to information. In this course, students will focus on the dimensions of globalization and how to capitalize on increasing connectedness to promote healthy societies.

Immigration, Violence, Disasters and Health: Students learn about issues that impact the health of vulnerable populations in the U.S. and other countries. The course explores immigration, the impact of violence, natural and man-made disasters, terrorism and the organizations that respond to these issues.

Comparative Health Care Systems: Students examine the U.S. healthcare system and its fundamental characteristics and organization. The course also addresses the differences of healthcare systems in other countries.

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 a 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 the quality of life and has a 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, creating demand for health policy professionals to address these changes.

Career Outcomes

  • Community Outreach Specialist
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Health Information System/Data Analyst
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
  • Policy Analyst/Planner
  • Public Health Educator
  • Public Health Nutritionists
  • Public Health Program Specialist


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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