GPHS Major Requirements
Global and Public Health Sciences Major
The requirements listed below pertain to all students matriculating in August 2022 and January 2023.
In addition to college requirements , students in the GPHS Major must complete specific requirements listed here.
Supervised Experiential Learning in Global & Public Health
Supervised Experiential Learning in Global & Public Health (variable credit)
Approval required. May be completed anytime from spring semester sophomore year onward. Must be largely completed before the fall semester of senior year.
This experience may be obtained through one of several options, including (but not limited to):
- Global Health Summer Programs (India-NS 4060 , Tanzania-NS 4630 , Zambia-NS 4631 )
- Cornell in Washington (NS 4997 )
- Public Health Research and Internship (NS 4060 )
- Cornell Cooperative Extension (Tompkins County and others) (NS 4060 )
- Weill Cornell Clinical & Translational Science Center (NS 4060 )
- Study abroad programs with a public health focus/internship (NS 4060 )
Social & Behavioral Health Selective
Course should cover some aspect of public health (including nutrition) from a social and/or behavioral health perspective. More than half of the course content must be devoted to consideration of issues of public health from a social science perspective (e.g. sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics, communication, and other social science disciplines). See the Requirements for GPHS majors in CHE for regular updates to course options and information; new options are available to all class years.
Choose from the following options, must take a minimum of 3 credits:
Social & Behavioral Health Selective (3-4 credits)
Choose from the following options, must take a minimum of 3 credits. Courses used tu fulfill this requirement must at the 2000-level or above.
NS 2450 - Social Science Perspectives on Food and Nutrition (3 cr)
ANTHR 2468 - Medicine, Culture, and Society (3 cr)
COMM 2850 - Communication, Environment, Science, and Health (3 cr)
COMM 4760 - Population Health Communication (3 cr)
GDEV 2200 /LSP 2200 - [Sociology of Health and Ethnic Minorities] (3 cr)
GDEV 3020 - [Political Ecologies of Health] (alt even 3 cr)
PUBPOL 3180 - [Health Disparities] (3 cr)
PUBPOL 3280 /GDEV 3280 - Fundamentals of Population Health (3 cr)
PUBPOL 4280 /ECON 3710 - The Economics of Risky Health Behaviors (3 cr)
SOC 4120 - Health and Social Context (4 cr)
Biochemistry (4-6 credits)
Choose one of the following*:
(a) NS 3200 - Introduction to Human Biochemistry (F, 4 cr)
(b) BIOMG 3300 - Principles of Biochemistry, Individualized Instruction (F/S, 4 cr)
(c) BIOMG 3310 - Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism (F, 3 cr) AND BIOMG 3320 - Principles of Biochemistry: Molecular Biology (S, 2 cr)
(d) BIOMG 3310 - Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins and Metabolism (F, 3 cr) AND BIOMI 2900 - General Microbiology Lectures (F/S, 3 cr)
(e) BIOMG 3330 - Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology (Summer, 4 cr)
(f) BIOMG 3350 - Principles of Biochemistry: Proteins, Metabolism, and Molecular Biology (S, 4 cr)
* Students who take only one semester of introductory chemistry should talk with faculty advisors and biochemistry instructors as early as possible to determine which biochemistry course is best for them and how they may access resources for the best chance of success.