Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy

Just as globalization has influenced economies, polities and socio-cultural norms worldwide, it has changed the way we see and understand world health, challenging the traditionally drawn boundaries between the international and domestic health professional worlds.

The Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy encourages students to explore interdisciplinary health challenges. Through a curriculum that encourages experiential learning, students can engage complex themes from a variety of perspectives. For example, areas of focus might include: accountability and governance, exploring the role of the state versus transnational organizations in global health; the risk of pandemic diseases and their economic and psychological impact on populations; the consequences of political change in a country's health (e.g. post-Soviet Union); or the challenges resulting from complex emergencies and vulnerable populations in fragile states.

The natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities all contribute to the study of global health and health policy. Students may explore any one of a number of topics ranging from interdisciplinary health problems and social determinants to a concentrated focus on social responses, such as health systems and health policies.

Learn more about the GHHP Secondary Field Site here. Complete requirements can be found in the Harvard College Handbook for Students.

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