Gen Ed and Global Health

Global health courses fulfill a number of requirements for the Harvard College Program on General Education (Gen Ed). The Gen Ed Program seeks to "connect a student’s liberal education – that is, an education conducted in a spirit of free inquiry, rewarding in its own right – to life beyond college." 

Undergraduate students at Harvard College must complete one letter-graded course in each of the eight categories in General Education. Courses related to global health can be found in all eight categories:

  • Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (AI)
  • Culture and Belief (CB)
  • Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning (EMR)
  • Ethical Reasoning (ER)
  • Science of Living Systems (SLS)
  • Science of the Physical Universe (SPU)
  • Societies of the World (SW)
  • United States in the World (US/W)

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In order for a course to count for General Education requirements, it must serve one of four general goals and address several pedagogical goals. Report

General goals

  • To prepare students for civic engagement;
  • To teach students to understand themselves as products of, and participants in, traditions of art, ideas, and values;
  • To enable students to respond critically and constructively to change;
  • To develop students’ understanding of the ethical dimensions of what they say and do.

Pedagogical goals

  • To present a wide range of material, rather than focus in depth on a single topic or a small number of texts;
  • To help students learn how to use abstract conceptual knowledge or a knowledge of the past to understand and address concrete issues and problems;
  • To make students aware that all of their coursework makes a difference to the people they will become and the lives they will lead after college;
  • To be taught, to the extent practicable, in interactive formats that give students an opportunity to discuss material with faculty teaching the class and with one another;
  • To apply basic concepts and principles to the solution of concrete problems, accomplishment of specific tasks, and creation of actual objects and experiences out of the classroom.