Global Studies BA / Public Health MPH

Major: Global Studies and Public health
Degrees Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Public Health (MPH)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 237.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five Years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 30.2001

Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3094

About the Program

To further prepare students for careers in the international sphere, Drexel University now offers an accelerated degree that allows students to complete an accelerated Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Global Studies and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH). Students apply in their third year to Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health; those accepted begin working on their MPH as they complete their BA, getting their MPH a year earlier than if they had done the two degrees separately. They also have a chance to complete an undergraduate co-op and gain valuable work experience as they go.

The Drexel BA degree prepares students for exciting international careers or at home working with diverse international populations. It prepares them by giving them foreign language fluency and offers a wide variety of courses in the social sciences, humanities, philosophy, hard sciences, cultural studies, and many other fields. While working on their Global Studies degree, students also are encouraged to study abroad, adding to their global perspective as well as perfecting their foreign language skills. There are also many opportunities for doing co-op abroad: a chance to live overseas for six months while gaining valuable work experience and getting a chance to truly be part of the culture of the place where they are working. Study abroad opportunities exist in many countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and across Asia; co-op abroad employers can also be found in almost any part of the world.

Added to this is the chance to get an accelerated degree in Public Health, a much-in-demand professional degree with many uses. Students interested in global public health, for example, can gain skills that make them attractive to international development agencies like the US Agency for International Development, the UN, or many international charitable organization. Students who want to work domestically can use their language and cultural skills in a wide variety of settings here, working with the diverse population within the US. A degree in public health allows people to make a real impact on society, improving the lives of people around the world.

Drexel Global Studies students have won a wide variety of international fellowships including Fulbright, Boren, and other US government programs. They have studied abroad in countries as diverse as France, Senegal, Equatorial Guinea, Argentina, Costa Rica, China, Japan, and Korea. They have gone on to work with the US State Department and other government agencies, with large Silicon Valley tech firms, and with private corporations around the world. Adding an MPH will open even more doors for students interested in really making a difference at home and abroad.

Additional Information

For more information, contact:

Rogelio Miñana, PhD
Department Head and Professor of Spanish
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
MacAlister Hall 3031
Phone: 215.571.3194

Admission Requirements

Undergraduate admissions are determined by Enrollment Management/Admissions.

MPH requirements are set by the School of Public Health. Eligible students must:

  • Be enrolled in the 4COP undergraduate program
  • Maintain a minimum overall GPA of at least 3.25
  • Be able to take undergraduate and graduate coursework during their senior year
  • Complete the pre-requisite courses necessary for admission (determined by the School of Public Health) into the MPH program with no lower than a "C" grade
  • Obtain one written recommendation from a faculty member and one from an advisor, supervisor or mentor
  • Complete the online School of Public Health application to the MPH program at the Dornsife School of Public Health in their junior year
  • Complete an interview with a Dornsife faculty member

Degree Requirements

BIO 107Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
BIO 108Cells, Genetics and Physiology Laboratory1.0
BIO 109Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
BIO 110Biological Diversity, Ecology and Evolution Laboratory1.0
BIO 133Physiology and Ecology4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 1011.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
PSCI 150International Politics4.0
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Students must select one of the following math sequences:12.0
Introduction to Analysis I
and Introduction to Analysis II
and Mathematics for the Life Sciences
Calculus I
and Calculus II
and Calculus III
Global Studies Core Courses
GST 101Becoming Global: Language and Cultural Context3.0
GST 102Understanding Global: Markets and Governance3.0
GST 103Acting Global: Research Methods in Global Studies3.0
Four 200+ level GST courses12.0
GST 400Senior Project in Global Studies3.0
Language minor, or minor in Asian Studies, or Middle East and North African Studies24.0
Students must complete at least 24.0 credits above the 103 language level to earn a language minor.
Global Health and Sustainability Concentration Requirements
ANTH 360Culture and the Environment3.0
PBHL 301Epidemiology in Public Health3.0
PBHL 303Overview of Issues in Global Health3.0
PSCI 334Politics of Environment and Health4.0
or SOC 346 Environmental Justice
Choose one of the following ethics courses3.0
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Public Health Ethics
Choose one of the following English courses3.0
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Global Health and Sustainability Distribution Requirements24.0
Students must complete 24.0 credits from the approved list:
Worldview: Science, Religion and Magic
Health & Healing Practices in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Societies In Transition: The Impact of Modernization and the Third World
Culture and the Environment
Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Genetically Modified Foods
Environmental Crime
Campaigns for Health & Environment
Environmental Communication
Science Writing
Grant Writing
Resource and Environmental Economics
Literature & Science
Environmental Literature
Topics in Literature and Medicine
Cities and Sustainability
Introduction to Urban Planning
Energy Entrepreneurship
Environmental Science
Native Plants and Sustainability
Global Climate Change
Global Warming, Biodiversity and Your Future
Conservation Biology
Introduction to Global Capital and Development
Introduction to Identities and Communities
Introduction to Power and Resistance
Introduction to Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Introduction to Global Health and Sustainability
Advanced Studies in Global Capital and Development
Advanced Studies in Identities and Communities
Advanced Studies in Power and Resistance
Advanced Studies in Global Media, Arts, and Cultures
Advanced Studies in Global Health and Sustainability
Special Topics in Global Studies
Special Topics in Global Studies
Model Organization of American States
History of Science: Ancient to Medieval
History of Science: Medieval to Enlightenment
History of Science: Enlightenment to Modernity
Themes in Global Environmental History
Empire and Environment
Transnational History of Science, Technology and Environment
Development of World Health Care
Health Care across Cultures
Foods and Nutrition of World Cultures
Perspectives in World Nutrition
Introduction to the History of Public Health
Introduction to Health & Human Rights
Women and Children: Health & Society
Introduction to Community Health
The World's Water
Exploring the HIV/AIDS Pandemic
Disease Outbreak Investigations
Health Inequality
Biomedical Ethics
Global Ethical Issues
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
Philosophy of Technology
Philosophy of Science
Social Development: A Global Approach
Politics of Environment and Health
The United Nations in World Politics
Ethics and International Relations
International Human Rights
Psychology of Sustainability
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Women's Health and Human Rights
Women and Society in a Global Context
Free electives38.0-36.0
Graduate Coursework
BST 571Introduction to Biostatistics3.0
EPI 570Introduction to Epidemiology3.0
HMP 505Qualitative Data and Mixed Methods Analysis2.0
PBHL 500Practical Experience for the Master of Public Health0.0
PBHL 510Public Health Foundations and Systems I4.0
PBHL 511Public Health Foundations and Systems II4.0
MPH Discipline Specific Foundation Courses15.0
MPH Integrative Learning Experience *4.0-6.0
Integrative Learning Experience in Community Health & Prevention I
and Integrative Learning Experience in Community Health & Prevention II
Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health I
and Integrative Learning Experience: Environmental and Occupational Health II
Integrative Learning Experience in Epidemiology I
and Integrative Learning Experience in Epidemiology II
Integrative Learning Experience
and Integrative Learning Experience II
MPH Electives/Graduate Minor courses21.0
Total Credits237.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0VACATION
GST 1013.0GST 1023.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0MATH 1024.0GST 1033.0 
UNIV H1011.0PBHL 1013.0MATH 2394.0 
(UG) Language course*4.0(UG) Language course*4.0(UG) Language course*4.0 
  (UG) Free elective3.0 
 15 17 18 0
Second Year
BIO 1073.0BIO 1093.0BIO 1334.0ECON 2024.0
BIO 1081.0BIO 1101.0ECON 2014.0(UG) GST Concentration requirement3.0
COOP 101**1.0(UG) GST Concentration requirement3.0(UG) GST Concentration requirement3.0(UG) GST Distribution option3.0
PSCI 1504.0(UG) GST Distribution options6.0(UG) GST 200+ level course3.0(UG) Free elective3.0
(UG) GST Concentration requirement3.0(UG) Language course*4.0(UG) Language course*4.0(UG) Language course*3.0
(UG) GST Distribution option3.0   
(UG) Language course*4.0   
 19 17 18 16
Third Year
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE(UG) GST 200+ course3.0(UG) Free elective3.0
EPI 5703.0EPI 5713.0(UG) GST Distribution option3.0(UG) GST 200+ course3.0
  (UG) Free elective3.0(UG) GST Concentration requirement3.0
  (UG) Language course*3.0(UG) Language*3.0
  HMP 5052.0 
 3 3 14 12
Fourth Year
UNIV H2011.0GST 4003.0(UG) Free electives6.0VACATION
(UG) GST Distribution option3.0(UG) Distribution option3.0(UG) GST Distribution option3.0Student converts to Grad status
(UG) Free electives6.0(UG) GST Concentration requirement3.0(UG) GST 200+ course3.0 
(UG) Language*3.0(UG) Free elective3.0PBHL 5000.0 
PBHL 5104.0PBHL 5114.0(GR) MPH Elective3.0 
  (GR) MPH Discipline specific course4.0 
 17 16 19 0
Fifth Year
(GR) MPH Discipline specific course3.0(GR) MPH Electives6.0(GR) MPH Discipline Specific courses6.0 
(GR) MPH Electives6.0(GR) MPH Discipline Specific course3.0(GR) MPH elective3.0 
(GR) Integrative Learning Experience I3.0(GR) Integrative Learning Experience II3.0  
 12 12 9 
Total Credits 237
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