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The Specialized Study Program in Global Health Design (PGHD) is an academic program that allows undergraduate students to focus their elective courses and upper-level design coursework on the topic of global health to earn the following notation on their transcript: “Specialized Study in Global Health Design”. The program can be completed without exceeding credit requirements for BS, BSE, and BA degrees, and provides students the opportunity to organize their elective courses around the theme of socially engaged design. Students from all disciplines are invited to complete the program.
To complete the Program in Global Health Design, students must declare the program and complete all of the requirements. Declaring the program does not guarantee notation on a student’s transcript. There are three main components to the program:
Note: Students may petition for alternate classes to fulfill the Project-based Design Foundations Course, Global Health Foundations Course, and Depth Course requirements. These petitions will be approved on a case-by-case basis. Students should gain approval before enrolling in the course as approval of alternate courses is not guaranteed. See ‘Declaring PGHD’ for instructions on how to petition for an alternate course.
Approved Project-based Design Foundations Courses
Note: Multiple courses allow students the opportunity to work on a global health project and would fulfill this requirement; the list below is not an exhaustive list. Additionally, enrollment in any of the courses below does not guarantee fulfillment of this requirement as many projects within these courses are not focused on global health. The following is a list of courses that students have used to fulfill this requirement.
Approved Global Health Foundations Courses
Approved Depth Course List
Note: Due to the wide variety of global health projects students may work on, there are many courses which could fulfill this requirement across multiple departments. This is not an exhaustive list, but instead a list of example courses that could fulfill this requirement. Students should follow the instructions above to petition for an alternate course to fulfill this requirement.
Example courses to strengthen a student’s global health design skillset
Example courses related to possible thematic areas of a student’s global health design project
How to declare Program in Global Health Design
To declare PGHD, complete the “Declaring PGHD template,” save it as a word doc named PGHD_LastFirstName and email to email@example.com with the subject ‘Declaring PGHD’.
Students are advised to declare prior to or during their junior year.
If you are petitioning to use an alternate course to fulfill any of the requirements (i.e., a course not listed on the approved list) email the course syllabus and a brief paragraph of why you feel the course is an acceptable alternate to fulfill the select requirement to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To declare PGHD, download the template here and email to email@example.com.Apply for this opportunity
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