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Global Health Service

Minor in Global Health Service (GHS)

What is a GHS Minor?

The minor in Global Health Service (GHS) is designed to engage students in health and related fields in investigating and participating in global health and health service issues. The GHS minor will create an interdisciplinary experience for undergraduate students to explore current and practical factors impacting the health of individuals and populations in different regions of the world. To enrich student learning experience, the GHS minor emphasizes on student participation in the Global Health Service-Learning Practicum. It is expected that upon successful completion of the GHS minor, candidates will be better prepared for the job market that increasingly demands interdisciplinary and global awareness.

Why at WKU?

Cultural diversity has become an important value in the American society. Consistent with the WKU’s vision of international reach, the minor in GHS would prepare students for the fast growing global health environment by incorporating international competencies in their curriculum. The minor is expected to strengthen students’ cultural competence skills including communication with people of diverse cultures and languages, self-awareness, and knowledge of cultural factors affecting health and health behaviors. Practicum experience will offer students opportunity to merge theory and practice in a real world setting.

Objectives of the Program:

  • Examine key factors affecting global health and health service, how they occurred and their distribution in different regions of the world;
  • Demonstrate the linkage between local and global health issues and problems and how local and global strategies may be designed to interact to create solutions;
  • Prepare for careers and develop research agenda in the global environment by creating an understanding of the ways in which social, economic, behavioral, and environmental factors impact global health;         
  • Analyze global leadership and leadership roles in governing national healthcare systems for participation in global health initiatives.


Students in various disciplines such as health administration, public health, social work, environmental health, anthropology, sociology, nursing, etc. may use the minor to augment their majors with courses that cover skills for analyzing important global trends in health, and provide knowledge and understanding of diversity in culture and health issues. The minor would also provide students with fieldwork experience in a global context.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
HCA 347 International Health Care 3
PH 381 Community Health 3
PH 385 Environmental Health 3
PH 462 or FLK 462 Folk Medicine/Folklore and Medicine  
HCA 459 Global Health Practicum   3
Elective: ANTH 341/FLK 341, ANTH 342/FLK 342, ANTH 350/FLK 350, ANTH 382, FLK 280, GEOG 455, PH 384, SOCL 440

Peoples/Culture/Asia, Peoples/Culture/Caribbean, Peoples/Culture/Africa, Medical Anthropolgy, Cultural Diversity in the US, Global Environmantal Change, Medical Sociology

For more information, contact:
Dr. William Mkanta
Department Head
Academic Complex 125
(270) 745-5260





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 Last Modified 8/15/23