Global Diseases Requirements

Solutions to global diseases are almost always multidisciplinary in nature, as is the collection of courses within the Global Diseases minor. The requirements for the minor include three core courses (8 cr), three cognate courses (8-9 cr), an upper-level elective (3-4 cr), and a cultural experience (cr/no cr).

Overview Core Courses Cognate Courses Upper-Level Elective Cultural Experience

Requirements Checklist

Infectious Diseases Syllabus Epidemiology Syllabus Capstone Syllabus Declaration of Minor Form


Overview of Requirements



Descriptions of Core Courses

Bioterrorism & Emerging Infectious Diseases - 3 credits

Ebola, anthrax, Lyme disease, SARS, polio, smallpox, the Plague, mad cow disease and West Nile virus continue to attract the attention of the human species. These are either emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) or the agents responsible for the diseases that plague our kind. In some cases, EIDs and bioterrorism go hand in hand. This course will cover the biological mechanisms of a diversity of diseases, the ecology of disease agents and vectors, the impact of globalization on the spread of EIDs, agencies (e.g., CDC) involved in fighting the spread of diseases, bioterrorism in the past, present and future, and the socioeconomic impact of EIDs and bioterrorism. Lectures, debates, book discussions, films, and projects will be integral parts of this course. Examinations are included to allow you to test your grasp of the subject matter.

Prerequisite: A genuine interest in learning more about emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism; students from all disciplines are encouraged to participate in this course.  


BIO 216 [LAC: NS]
Outbreak Investigations: Case Studies in Epidemiology - 3 credits

At times, human societies have difficulty separating fact from fallacy.  This is especially true during times of stress, such as when the Spanish flu swept the globe killing millions of people in 1918-1919. Uncertainties and false conclusions regarding the identity of the specific pathogen and the mode of transfer from one individual to another led to delayed or poor decisions that resulted in significantly more deaths. Health and human services were far exceeded and measures were taken that most would find unacceptable today. HIV/AIDS is another example of where the blend of fact and fallacy has led to the deaths of millions. Modern epidemiology has a set of approaches designed to help separate fact from fallacy and to help the human population effectively detect, identify, monitor, contain, prevent, and possibly eradicate a new or existing disease. In this course you will learn about these epidemiologic principles and concepts all within the context of case studies associated with outbreaks of toxic shock syndrome, Legionnaires' disease, measles, mumps, syphilis, yellow fever, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, and other diseases.

Prerequisite: None, other than a sincere interest in disease outbreak investigations. Students from all disciplines are welcome to participate in this multidisciplinary course.


BIO 311 [LAC: NS]
Multidisciplinary Solutions for Global Diseases - 2 credits (capstone course)
A child dies every 30 seconds from malaria. Dysentery, AIDS, influenza, cancer, tuberculosis, cholera, cardiovascular disease, and hepatitis also have a significant impact on the human population.  Minimizing the disease-related suffering and deaths around the world requires new ideas and effort. This capstone course provides an opportunity for students, through a formal presentation and written thesis, to propose their multidisciplinary solution for health-related problems within the region of their respective cultural experience. Critical-thinking and leadership skills are imperative.

Prerequisites: Cultural experience and all courses required for the minor except for one cognate course and the upper-level elective.



Pool of Cognate Courses

Successful completion of three courses from three different disciplines (e.g., ANT, BUA, ECO) is a requirement of the minor. The three courses must be drawn from the pool of cognate courses below.

Course Course Title LAC Designation
ANT 100 Cultural Anthropology  SS
ANT 310 Women in the Developing World  GS
BUA 211 Introduction to Health Care Systems -
BUA 350 Leadership  SS
COM 212 Intercultural Communication SS
ECO 222 Economic Geography  GS
GST 100 The Globalizing World  GS
HIS 107 European Civilization: Ideas and Experiences  HUM
HIS 121 Survey of United States History  HUM
LLC 200* Social Justice: A Global Perspective  WRI2
NTR 130 Food and Culture GS
NUR 328 Nursing in the Global Community  -
PSC 210 American Public Policy  SS & WRI2
PSC 211 Globalization & International Law  GS & WRI2
PSY 201 Mind-Body Medicine SS
REL 220 Death and Dying SS
REL 233 Spirituality and Wellness SS
SOC 222* Social Justice: A Global Perspective GS
SPA 205 Spanish for Health Professionals GS
SWK/SOC 202 The Social Welfare Institution  -
SWK 300 Community Organizing  -

*Either LLC 200 or SOC 222, not both.


Upper-Level Elective

The upper-level elective for this minor is a student-selected course that matches the student's interest and preferred approach to dealing with global diseases. Although this course will typically fall within the discipline associated with her major, this is not essential. For example, if a student majoring in biology has a sincere interest in psychology and has taken the foundational courses in psychology, she may decide to take an advanced psychology course that in some way improves her ability to address issues associated with global diseases. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the director of the global diseases program to discuss her choice of an upper-level elective and to have it formally approved. There are many courses within a diversity of disciplines that would fulfill this requirement.


Cultural Experience

Becoming involved in the lives of people within another culture can be a life-changing experience. The Cultural Experience component of the Global Diseases minor is a student-chosen trip to a foreign country that is of particular interest to the student. Ultimately, she will likely return from this experience with a significant change in perspective, maturity, focus, compassion, patience, and purpose.  [More information.]

Last Updated: 5/13/13