New Minor Aims to Prepare Students for Careers in Global Health

September 28, 2010

Beginning fall 2010, Penn State is offering a new minor, Global Health (GLBHL), which is designed to provide undergraduate students with a multidisciplinary background in the issues affecting the health of populations in various countries and regions of the world. Housed in the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH), the minor is open to students from all departments and units across the University Park campus. The application deadline for the first cohort is October 22, 2010.

The minor supports the goals of students who are planning global health-related careers in research, teaching, or health services, in any of a variety of settings, including universities, government agencies, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations, or private industry. The minor also provides training for those who plan advanced specialist health training—in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, allied health (e.g., physical therapy, occupational therapy), public health, and so on.  Course work and supervised field work will draw on the diversity and abundance of the Penn State faculty’s international resources and networks. The minor consists of 9 credits of prescribed courses and 9 additional credits from the list of approved courses, and includes a supervised global health field work experience.

“No country can alone adequately ensure the health of its people,” says Dr. Melina Czymoniewicz-Klippel, lecturer in biobehavioral health and program coordinator for the minor. “The Global Health minor will challenge and encourage students to develop a deeper and more systematic critical reflection on the global nature of health problems, and therein the need for international collaboration in resolving them. As a foundation for their future training and careers, it will further set them on a path towards assuming positions of global leadership in the health field, broadly defined.”

Students interested in applying for the Global Health minor should consult with Czymoniewicz-Klippel as soon as possible to discuss their professional plans and to determine whether the minor will support their career trajectory. Advising meetings can be scheduled by contacting one of the BBH staff at 814-863-7256.

For more information, visit the Global Health minor website.

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Editors: For additional information, please contact the College of Health and Human Development Office of College Relations at 814-865-3831 or healthhd@psu.edu.