General Education 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." General Education courses can be a great way to provide an introduction to global health concepts; Gen Ed courses have no prerequisites and can be taken by students at all levels.  Indeed, the foundational courses for the Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy are all part of the Gen Ed curriculum, and are an ideal way for students to begin a series of courses in global health topics.

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)