Global Health: Inequality, Culture, and Human Well-being Around the World

Course Description

This course explores the field of global health, and particularly the serious health problems facing populations in developing countries. In a highly participatory seminar, you will examine issues in contemporary international public health utilizing the theories, concepts, and methods of anthropology. Readings will cover a range of anthropological perspectives, health problems, and cultural contexts. In class, you will discuss course material in small groups, organize debates about controversial issues, and engage in lively conversations with the instructor. For your final projects, you will work in teams to research a major global health problem in depth.

The overall purpose of the course is to expand your awareness and understanding of the political, socioeconomic, and cultural dimensions of health problems in poor nations, and the consequent complexity of developing effective long-term solutions. In addition, you will develop a broad anthropological perspective, including understanding the ways in which health-related beliefs and behaviors and society's responses to health problems provide a window onto more general social and cultural processes.

The Learning Outcomes will include:

  • A clear understanding of the burden of disease from a global perspective
  • The capacity to think critically about the political, social, and cultural roots of global health problems
  • Familiarity with the basic theories, concepts, and methods in anthropology
  • Experience applying these critical perspectives to develop recommendations for more effective solutions


There are no prerequisites for this course. Students with interests in medicine, public health, the importance of culture, and global problems of poverty and development would find the course of interest.


Two Sections Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 8:30A-11:20A
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Daniel Smith
Course Number: 10208

Dates: July 18, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Nicola Bulled
Course Number: 10249