International Health Studies

Information for students interested in a minor in International Health Studies.

Required Courses ~ Elective Courses

Fruit market In collaboration with the Department of Geography and Geosciences and the Program in Liberal Studies, the Department of Anthropology is now offering a minor in International Health Studies designed to familiarize students in global public health from a liberal arts perspective.  This program includes an introduction to relevant theoretical frameworks on public health, global health, and social medicine. Students can use the International Health Studies minor as the centerpiece of an interdisciplinary major, through UofL's Liberal Studies Program.

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Minor in International health Studies Requirements

Course Requirements
Credit Hours
Required Courses:
ANTH 350
ANTH 351
GEOG 362/PAS 384 or GEOG 521
Elective Courses:
Total: 21


Up to but not more than six credit hours from a student's major may also count in the minor.

For advising please contact:
Dr. Christopher Tillquist
Lutz Hall, Room 242
Department of Anthropology

Apply online for the minor in International Health Studies

Required Courses

  • ANTH 350 Pestilences and Plagues: An Introduction to Epidemiology: Overview of epidemiological theory and practice and an understanding of the relationship between humans and their infectious diseases.
  • ANTH 351 Medical Anthropology: The study of health in cultural and environmental context, and cultural diversity in beliefs and behavior relating to health and healing.
  • *GEOG 362/PAS 384 Disease, Ecology and Environmental Management in Africa - WR: Relationship between disease agents and the human and physical environment in Africa.  Inpact of urbanization, industrial pollution and multinational corporations on disease causation and distribution.
  • *GEOG 521 Medical Geography: Introduction to concepts, methods and tools used to investigate geographic aspects of health and disease.  Application of concepts and methods through analysis of health, population and environmental data.  Prerequisites: faculty consent.

*Students may choose either GEOG 362/PAS 384 or GEOG 521


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Recommended Elective Courses

(4 courses for a total of 12 credit hours) Four elective courses related to health offered by departments and schools throughout the University from the list of recommended electives.  At least two disciplinary areas must be represented among the electives.  With the approval of IHS Steering Committee member, a student may receive elective credit for a course related to health not on the list of recommended electives.

  • ANTH 352 Food and Body Politics
  • BIOL 553 Chronic Disease Biology
  • COMM 430 Health Communication - WR
  • GEOG 520 Geography and Nutrition Among African and African-American Populations
  • GEOG 522 GIS and Public Health
  • HUM 333 Minorities and Medicine in America: Humanities Perspectives on Patients, Practitioners and Institutions
  • PAS 366 Inequality and Health: The Black Experience
  • PAS 375 Public Health in Africa
  • PAS 387 Health Issues in the African American Community
  • PAS 560 Geography and Nutrition Among Africans and African Americans
  • PAS 562 Women's Health in Africa - WR
  • PHIL 323 Medical Ethics
  • PHIL 581 Current Controversies in Health Care Ethics
  • PHIL 582 Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care
  • PHIL 583 Health Care, Justice & Community
  • PSYC 581: Introduction to Health Psychology
  • SOC 340 Mental Health and Illness
  • SOC 342 Medical Sociology
  • SOC 343 Sociology of Women's Health (Crosslisted with WGST 312)
  • SOC 441 Medical Demography
  • WGST 346 Women's Health Issues - CD2 (Crosslisted with HSS 364)

As part of their electives in the program, students are strongly encouraged to complete a field-placement, internship or service learning project in international health or a national health-related setting.

  • Field-Placement, Internship, Service Project: (optional 3 credit hours) A field placement or internship in an international health or national health-related setting.  Students who choose this option are expected to complete a health-related field placement, internship or service project of between 80-120 hours total.  These hours can take place during one summer or be spread out over the course of a semester or academic year by working a few hours each week.  Students may receive up to 3 credit hours for this internship, if they wish in ANTH 401: Cooperative Internship in Anthropology
  • Research: (optional 3 credit hours) As part of the IHS minor, students may elect to complete an independent research project related to public or international health under the mentorship of one of the affiliated faculty.  This research should result in a product, such as a conference paper or poster, publication or thesis.  A thesis for a major may be used to fulfill this requirement with permission from the student's IHS advisor and an advisor from their major department.  Students may receive up to 3 credit hours of independent study, if they wish in ANTH 451: Independent Study, or they may use a similar course in the department of the affiliated faculty.


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