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Global and Community Health B.A.

Information and Policies

Introduction

Global and Community Health (GCH) is an interdisciplinary field of study that is connected both to urgent practical work in the world at large and the core concerns of a liberal arts education. Since GCH topics are embedded in and reflective of wide-ranging social forces, their study is situated at the intersection of diverse traditional disciplines ranging from art, literature, and history, to anthropology, sociology, psychology, politics, economics, and the natural and environmental sciences. Other interdisciplinary fields such as feminist studies and Latin American and Latino studies also intersect in influential ways with GCH, creating exciting opportunities for double majors.

University of California, Santa Cruz, students have many opportunities in the GCH curriculum for practical work in the world beyond the university. Students reflect repeatedly through the major on how their own personal learning can be effectively connected with and communicated to external audiences ranging from community organizations to employers to graduate schools.

More than two hundred courses offered by faculty from all five divisions of UC Santa Cruz contribute to the GCH curriculum. These faculty are committed to the value of interdisciplinary learning, as well as to the possibilities of connecting student research and writing with GCH concerns in the world beyond the university.

No specific courses at the high school level are required for admission to the GCH B.A. at UC Santa Cruz. Courses in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, whether taken at the high school or college level, are appropriate background and preparation.

The GCH B.A. is appropriate for students interested in careers ranging from medicine, nursing , dentistry and pharmacy to public health and environmental health work in governmental agencies, to global health and community health work with non-governmental organizations, law firms and universities. Many of these careers also require additional post baccalaureate degrees for which the GCH B.A. provides an excellent foundation. But there are also jobs open to those with just the B.A. in a subset of community health, counseling and educational settings as well as in business sectors such as human resources, administration, hospitality, recreation, food services, farming and construction.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing requirements for the B.A. in GCH will develop knowledge and competency in the following five domains:

  1. the biological and environmental contexts of global and community health;
  2. the social and cultural contexts of global and community health;
  3. the institutional and policy contexts of global and community health;
  4. the methods, skills and humanities-informed analysis of global and community health; and
  5. the interdisciplinary design and implementation of global and community health work.

Academic Advising for the Program

The GCH undergraduate adviser offers specific information about navigating through the program and assists students with requirements, policies, procedures, learning support, guidance on internships, scholarships, and opportunities for undergraduate research.

Contact GCH_BA@ucsc.edu.

Transfer students should also consult the Transfer Information and Policy section.

Getting Started in the Major: Frosh

This is a moderately course-intensive sequential program, and students who intend to pursue this major should begin taking classes for the major in their first year at UC Santa Cruz.

It is crucial for students to take the required introductory course Foundations for Global and Community Health as soon as possible. This fall it is cross-listed three ways as POLI 89/ANTH 89/ BIOL89, and students can register under any one of these three subject codes.

Transfer Information and Policy

Transfer Admission Screening Policy

Students planning to apply in this major are not required to complete specific major preparation courses before they come to UC Santa Cruz.

Getting Started in the Major: Transfer Students

A transfer student must take the required lower-division GCH course (GCH 1) in the fall of their first year at UC Santa Cruz or as soon thereafter as possible.

Courses from another institution may be considered only if they appear on the student’s Transfer Credit Summary. Students who wish to substitute transferable courses taken elsewhere for the GCH B.A. major’s requirements should discuss the procedure with a GCH adviser.

Major Qualification Policy and Declaration Process

Students may declare the major after completing the required lower-division GCH course (GCH1, cross-listed in fall 2022 as ANTH89/BIOL89/POLI89) with grades of C or better. This course is normally taken during the first year or second year.

Appeal Process

A student who has not been able to satisfy the pre-declaration requirement may petition the GCH program for an exception by using this Appeal to Qualify form within 15 days of the denial of the declaration. Within 15 days of receipt of the appeal, the department will notify the student and college of the decision. If a student has questions about the appeals process, they should contact gchBAadvising@ucsc.edu.

How to Declare a Major

Students who are eligible to declare the major must bring a completed declaration of major worksheet and GCH B.A. worksheet to the GCH advising office to declare officially.

Letter Grade Policy

All courses that are taken to satisfy any major requirement must be taken for a letter grade.

Double Majors and Major/Minor Combinations Policy

Students interested in pursuing multiple majors may NOT declare a combination of the Global and Community Health B.S. and B.A.. Double majors with other degrees are permitted so long as students qualify for and complete all requirements for each of the majors, including the Disciplinary Communication and comprehensive requirements.

Honors

Honors in the GCH B.A. are awarded to graduating seniors, based primarily on a review of grades, whose academic performance is judged to be consistently excellent by a committee of GCH faculty. Highest honors in the major are reserved for students with consistently outstanding academic performance.

Independent and Field Studies

Students may petition the program to substitute one upper-division independent study or field study toward the elective requirements of the major. In addition, students may take UCEAP study abroad courses focused on public and global health to fulfill the Area IV upper-division elective requirement for the major after approval of a request submitted to a GCH undergraduate adviser.

Medical and Professional School Admission

Medical and professional school admissions requirements vary; students should verify that their coursework will satisfy the admissions requirements of the specific programs to which they plan to apply.

Requirements and Planners

Course Requirements

Lower-Division Courses

One lower-division GCH requirement

All students are required to complete and pass Foundations for Global and Community Health (GCH 1), cross-listed in fall 2022 as ANTH89/BIOL89/POLI89.

GCH 1Foundations for Global and Community Health

5

Four Lower Division GCH Electives

All students are required to take four lower-division electives from the four lists below: one from the natural science and bio-environmental competency list;  one from the social science and political-cultural competency list; one from the quantitative competency list; and one from the linguistic competency list. These courses are normally taken during the student's first year.

One course required from each of the four lists.

Natural science and bio-environmental competency for GCH
ANTH 1Introduction to Biological Anthropology

5

BIOE 19Biodiversity in the Age of Humans

5

BIOL 20ACell and Molecular Biology

5

BIOL 80AFemale Physiology and Gynecology

5

BIOL 80JBiology of Emerging and Pandemic Diseases

5

BIOL 86Research Deconstruction: MCD Biology

3

BIOL 88Studies in Medicine: Its Art, History, Science, and Philosophy

5

BME 5Introduction to Biotechnology

5

BME 18Scientific Principles of Life

5

BME 80HThe Human Genome

5

CHEM 1AGeneral Chemistry

5

CHEM 8AOrganic Chemistry

5

CSE 80AUniversal Access: Disability, Technology, and Society

5

ENVS 24General Ecology

5

ENVS 25Environmental Policy and Economics

5

ENVS 80FIntroduction to Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

5

COM HLT 48Community Health Sciences 48: Nutrition and Food Studies: Principles and Practice (UCLA)

NUT 010VDiscoveries & Concepts in Nutrition (UCD)

PUBHLTH 1Principles of Public Health (UCI)

SAS2V Feeding the World (UCD)

VME 57VGlobal Pop Health & Env (UCD)

Social science and political-cultural competency for GCH
ANTH 2Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

5

BME 80G
/PHIL 80G
Bioethics in the 21st Century: Science, Business, and Society

5

CLNI 60Water Justice: Global Insights for a Critical Resource

5

CMMU 10Introduction to Community Activism

5

ECON 1Introductory Microeconomics: Resource Allocation and Market Structure

5

ECON 20Economics for Non-Majors

5

FMST 10Feminisms of/and the Global South

5

FMST 30Feminism and Science

5

FMST 31Disability Studies

5

FMST 41Trans Gender Bodies

5

GCH 10COVID, Culture and Community Health

5

HAVC 48Climate Justice Now! Art, Activism, Environment Today

5

HIS 60Medical and Scientific Terminology

5

HIS 81Science in the Colonial World

5

JRLC 60Understanding Sustainability: Researching Environmental Justice at UCSC

5

LALS 5Introduction to Human Rights and Social Justice

5

LALS 45Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender

5

LALS 55AIDS Across the Americas

5

LALS 80JRace, Nation, and War

5

LALS 80SSexualities and Genders in Latin American and Latina/o Studies

5

LIT 80KTopics in Medical Humanities

5

POLI 17U.S. and the World Economy

5

POLI 61Politics of Social Policy

5

PSYC 1Introduction to Psychology

5

SOCY 1Introduction to Sociology

5

SOCY 10Issues and Problems in American Society

5

SOCY 15World Society

5

Quantitative Competency for GCH
BIOE 80SLies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

5

CMMU 30Numbers and Social Justice

5

LALS 15Truth, Justice, and Statistics

5

STAT 5Statistics

5

STAT 7Statistical Methods for the Biological, Environmental, and Health Sciences

5

STAT 17Statistical Methods for Business and Economics

5

STAT 17LStatistical Methods for Business and Economics Laboratory

2

STATS 7Basic Statistics (UCI)

STAT 010Introduction to Statistics (UCR)

STAT 011Introduction to Statistics (UCR)

Linguistic competency for GCH (complete or test-out of one of the listed courses)
ARBC 3First-Year Arabic

5

CHIN 3First-Year Chinese

5

FREN 3First-Year French

5

GERM 3First-Year German

5

HEBR 3First-Year Hebrew

5

ITAL 3First-Year Italian

5

JAPN 3First-Year Japanese

5

PERS 3First-Year Persian

5

PUNJ 3First-Year Punjabi

5

SPAN 3First-Year Spanish

5

SPAN 5MMedical Spanish

5

SPHS 6Spanish for Heritage Speakers

5

YIDD 3First-Year Yiddish

5

For information on placement exams, go to Languages and Applied Linguistics Department Placement and Articulation Information page and click on the language of interest.

Upper-Division Courses

Upper-division GCH requirements

All students are required to complete and pass two common core courses: the first, a course in Community Analysis for Global and Community Health; the second, a course chosen from the list in Social Analysis for Global and Community Health.

Required Common Core Courses.
Requirement 1

One course in Community Analysis for Global and Community Health:

CMMU 165Community Analysis for Global Health

5

Requirement 2

One course in Social Analysis for Global and Community Health:

ANTH 134Medical Anthropology: An Introduction

5

SOCY 146Introduction to Population Health

5

POLI 186
/LGST 186
Global Health Politics

5

Six upper-division electives from the four GCH "context" areas

The following four groups of context courses constitute the core upper-division courses of the GCH B.A. One course must be taken from each of the four GCH context areas, plus two additional electives from any of the areas.

Area I: Biological and environmental contexts
ANTH 104Human Variation and Adaptation

5

ANTH 110FEvolution of Human Diet

5

ANTH 111Human Ecology

5

ANTH 112Life Cycles

5

ANTH 136The Biology of Everyday Life

5

BIOE 118Plants and Society: the Biology of Food, Shelter, and Medicine

5

BIOL 117Global Health and Neglected Diseases

5

BIOL 188A Life in Medicine

3

CMMU 162Community Gardens and Social Change

5

ENVS 130BJustice and Sustainability in Agriculture

5

ENVS 135Sustainable Aquaculture

5

ENVS 176Vulnerability, Complex Systems, and Disasters

5

METX 100Introduction to Microbiology

5

METX 102Cell and Molecular Toxicology

5

METX 115Environmental Health Science

5

BIOL 166Global Change Biology (UCR)

GLBH 171RGlobal Mental Health (UCSD)

PUBHLTH 121Intro to Alternative Medicine (UCD)

PUBHLTH 170Intro to Global Health (UCI)

Area II: Social, cultural and historical contexts
ANTH 110TMotherhood in American Culture

5

ANTH 110YFeeding California

5

ANTH 129Beyond Borders: Other Globalizations and Histories of Interconnection

5

ANTH 134Medical Anthropology: An Introduction

5

ANTH 146Anthropology and the Environment

5

ANTH 161The Anthropology of Food

5

ANTH 161SAnthropology of Food, Abroad

5

CMMU 156Politics of Food and Health

5

CMMU 160Public Health

5

CMMU 161Gender Health and Justice

5

CMMU 163Health Care Inequalities

5

CMMU 164Health Justice in Conflict

5

ECON 104Is There Truth in Numbers: The Role of Statistics in Economics

5

ECON 120Development Economics

5

FMST 124Technology, Science, and Race Across the Americas

5

FMST 125Race, Sex, and Technology

5

FMST 133Science and the Body

5

FMST 189Advanced Topics in Feminist Theory

5

HIS 101DWorld History of Science

5

HIS 101FGlobal Environmental History

5

HIS 149Plants, People, and the Making of Modern Southeast Asia

5

HIS 151History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Antiquity to the Enlightenment

5

HIS 151AMedicine and the Body in the Colonial World

5

LALS 100Concepts and Theories in Latin American and Latina/o Studies

5

LALS 112Immigration and Assimilation

5

LALS 143Race and Ethnicity

5

LALS 151Race & Mobility

5

LALS 152Consumer Cultures Between the Americas

5

LALS 155Latin American and Latino Youth Movements

5

LALS 175Migration, Gender, and Health

5

LALS 178Gender, Transnationalism, and Globalization

5

SOCY 121Sociology of Health and Medicine

5

SOCY 121GGenomics and Society

5

SOCY 132Sociology of Science and Technology

5

SOCY 143Black Botanical Medicine in the Americas

5

SOCY 147Health in a Changing America

5

SOCY 153Sociology of Emotions

5

PSYC 140GWomen's Lives in Context

5

PSYC 140LWomen's Bodies and Psychological Well-Being

5

PSYC 144Latinx Psychology

5

PSYC 172Health Psychology

5

PSYC 178Nutritional Psychology

5

Area III: Institutional and policy contexts
SOCY 128M
/LGST 128M
International Law and Global Justice

5

ECON 156Health Economics and Policy

5

ENVS 110Institutions, the Environment, and Economic Systems

5

ENVS 130BJustice and Sustainability in Agriculture

5

ENVS 143Sustainable Development: Economy, Policy, and Environment

5

ENVS 147Global Environmental Justice

5

ENVS 158Political Ecology and Social Change

5

ENVS 172Environmental Risks and Public Policy

5

HIS 151BDrugs in World History

5

LALS 143JGlobal Political Economy

5

LALS 172Visualizing Human Rights

5

LGST 108Gender, Sexuality, and Law

5

LGST 137International Environmental Law and Policy

5

LGST 173
/POLI 173
Disability, Law, & Politics

5

POLI 160B
/LGST 160B
International Law

5

POLI 166Politics of Migration

5

POLI 175
/LGST 175
Human Rights

5

POLI 187Decolonial Global Health: A View from the Middle East and Africa

5

POLI 189Pandemics, Politics, and Global and Community Health

5

POLI 189BGlobal & Community Health Policy in Practice

5

SOCY 127
/LGST 127
Drugs in Society

5

SOCY 128I
/LGST 128I
Race and Law

5

SOCY 128M
/LGST 128M
International Law and Global Justice

5

SOCY 135Healing Justice

5

SOCY 185Environmental Inequality

5

GLBHTH 150Migration & Health (UCLA)

PBHLTH 108Women's Health, Gender & Empmt (UCB)

PH 114Migration and Health (UCM)

Area IV: Methods, skills & humanities-informed analysis
AM 115Stochastic Modeling in Biology

5

ANTH 107AMethods and Research in Biological Anthropology: Genetics

5

JRLC 136Methodologies of Critical Praxis

5

ECON 104Is There Truth in Numbers: The Role of Statistics in Economics

5

ENVS 104AIntroduction to Environmental Field Methods

5

ENVS 104LField Methods Laboratory

2

ENVS 133Agroecology Practicum

5

HAVC 141NData Cultures: Art, Technology, and the Politics of Visual Representation

5

LALS 126Digit@l Americ@s/Digit@l Latin@s

5

LALS 128
/OAKS 128
Latino Media in the U.S

5

LALS 186
/SOCY 186
Field Research Methods

5

LALS 187FHuman Rights Investigations Lab

2

LIT 121OBody Theories and Embodied Poetics in Contemporary American Poetry

5

LIT 133GThe Nuclear Pacific

5

LIT 139ATopics in American Literature and Culture

5

LIT 160CCruelty: Enjoying the Pain of Others

5

LIT 167IThe Enviromental Humanities

5

LIT 167GReading the Weather: Literature and Global Climate Change

5

SOCY 123Global and Transnational Perspectives in Science and Technology Studies

5

CAT 125RPblc Rhetoric Prct Comm Online

CMN 150VComputational Social Science (UCD)

CMN 152VSocial Science with Online Data (UCD)

COMM W146DECEPTION COMM (UCSB)

PUBHLTH 174Global Health Ethics (UCI)

UCEAP study abroad courses focused on public and global health can be substituted for the upper-division electives listed in Area IV “Methods, skills & humanities-informed analysis” of the GCH B.A.

Comprehensive Requirement

The comprehensive requirement for the GCH B.A. is satisfied by completing the same courses as those required for the Disciplinary Communication requirements.

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement

Students of every major at UC Santa Cruz must satisfy that major’s upper-division Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement. The 7-credit DC requirement for the GCH B.A. is satisfied by completing one of the following course combination options:

Option 1

Both of the following courses:

GCH 190Global and Community Health Task Force

5

GCH 195Global and Community Health Communication

2

Option 2

Both of the following courses.

GCH 195Global and Community Health Communication

2

GCH 199AGlobal and Community Health Senior Thesis

5

Option 3

All three of the following courses

GCH 195Global and Community Health Communication

2

GCH 199AGlobal and Community Health Senior Thesis

5

GCH 199BGlobal and Community Health Senior Thesis B

5

Planners

The tables below are for informational purposes and do not reflect all university, general education, and credit requirements. See Undergraduate Graduation Requirements for more information.

Plan One for Incoming Frosh

  Fall Winter Spring
 1st (frosh) GCH 1 Lower-Div GCH Competency 1 Lower-Div GCH Competency 3
  Lower-Div GCH Competency 2 Lower-Div GCH Competency 4
     
2nd (soph) Social Analysis for
GCH Req
Upper-Div GCH Area Upper-Div GCH Area
     
     
3rd (junior) Upper-Div GCH Area Upper-Div GCH Area Upper-Div GCH Area
     
     
4th (senior) CMMU 165 GCH 190 or GCH 199A GCH 195
Upper-Div GCH Area    
     

Plan Two for Incoming Transfer Students

  Fall Winter Spring
3rd (junior) GCH 1 Lower-Div GCH Competency 3 Upper-Div GCH Area
Lower-Div GCH
Competency 1
Lower-Div GCH Competency 4 Upper-Div GCH Area
Lower-Div GCH
Competency 2
Upper Div GCH Area Upper-Div GCH Area
4th (senior) CMMU 165 GCH 190 or GCH 199A GCH 195
Social Analysis for
GCH Req
Upper-Div GCH Area  
Upper-Div GCH Area