PUBH 510 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health
Section 001 (Graduate students)
Section 002 (Juniors & Seniors)
This course will explore contemporary issues, problems, and controversies in global health through an interdisciplinary perspective; examine the complex tapestry of social, economic, political, and environmental factors that affect global health; analyze global health disparities through a social justice and human rights lens; and expose students to opportunities in global health work and research.
INTS 390 International Development in Practice
Section 002 (Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors)
This course will explore, analyze, and debate current practices and approaches to international development, broadly defined. This course will take a case study-based approach, emphasizing best practices, modes of intervention, implementation, and evaluation of projects. The course will provide a solid introduction to development theory, approaches to “sustainable development” and the economic and sociopolitical underpinnings to international development initiatives. In addition, the course explores and critiques the role of university students in global development work.
PUBH 690 One Health Intellectual Exchange Course: Philosophy to Practical Integration of Human, Animal and Environmental Health
Section 008 (Graduate students)
This seminar addresses the intersections of human, animal and environmental health. The weekly discussion series is designed to facilitate the understanding of health as an inexorably linked system requiring the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines. Learning objectives include 1) describing how different disciplines contribute to the practice of One Health and 2) using one health models to explain global health interventions. The discussion series will bring together established public health professionals, physicians, veterinarians, environmental researchers and other local / global health professionals on current research and updates in the interconnectedness of people, animals and the environment.
Other Global health-related courses
This list is limited to graduate- and advanced undergraduate-level courses and is not comprehensive. Complete information on courses can be found at the Office of the Registrar.
- African Studies
- City and Regional Planning
- Information & Library Studies
- International Studies
- Journalism & Mass Communication
- Political Science
- Public Policy
- Religious Studies
- Social Work
- Women’s Studies
AFRI 430 Culture, Gender, and Participatory Development
Prerequisite, permission required. Examines participatory development theory and practice in Africa and the United States in the context of other intervention strategies and with special attention to culture and gender. Requires 2-4 hours/week of community service.
AFRI 474 Key Issues in African and Afro-American Linkages
For advanced undergraduates and graduate students. This course is intended to explore theoretical and methodological issues concerning the historical linkages between African and Afro-American peoples.
AFRI 520 Contemporary Southern Africa
Study of the history, politics, and economic development of Southern Africa in the twentieth century.
AFRI 521 East African Society and Environment
Study of the history, politics, and economic development of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania in the twentieth century.
AFRI 522 West Africa: Society and Economy in the Twentieth Century
Interdisciplinary course on twentieth-century West Africa. Topics vary but are likely to include demography and health, gender, urbanization, labor, religion and politics, and education.
AFRI 523 Central Africa: The Politics of Development
Study of the postcolonial political economies of central African states, with emphasis on the state’s role in development, the changing character of state/society relationships (including recent pressures for democratization); and the local impact of regional and global external linkages.
AFRI 524 North-East Africa
This course covers the history of colonial governments between the end of World War II and the onslaught of decolonization (1919-1994) in Northeast Africa and the region’s political systems thereafter.
AFRI 535 Women and Gender in African History
Analysis of historical transformations in Africa and their effects on women’s lives and gender relations. Particular themes include pre-colonial societies, colonialism, religious change, urban labor, nationalism, and sexuality. A&S Non-Western/Comparative perspective.
ANTH 429 Culture and Power in Southeast Asia
The formation and transformation of worldviews, identities, and expressive forms in Southeast Asia over time, including the impact of global/national interests. Sources include translations of texts. Special focus on insular Southeast Asia. B.A.-level Non-Western Comparative perspective.
ANTH 438 Religion, Nature, and Environment
A seminar on concepts of nature within religions and a variety of world-wide spiritual traditions. Emphasis on sacred space, place, and pilgrimage as a vital intersection of religion and nature.
ANTH 440 Gender and Culture
Cross-cultural perspectives on the social uses of gender distinctions. Focus on women’s lives outside the U.S. and Europe. Comparison with students’ social context. GC Cultural Diversity requirement; A&S Social Science perspective.
ANTH 441 The Anthropology of Gender, Health and Illness
This course will explore the social and cultural patterns and practices that differentially influence health and illness among women and men. General College cultural diversity perspective; Arts and Sciences social science perspective.
ANTH 470 Medicine and Anthropology
An introduction to social and cultural aspects of illness and healing in a wide range of societies. Examines alternative healing systems in the U.S. Especially relevant to premedical students. GC Cultural Diversity requirement; A&S Social Science perspective. For more on the medical anthropology program at UNC, click here.
ANTH 525 Culture and Personality
Systems theory is used to conceptualize the relationship between cultural patterns and individual minds. Functional, dysfunctional, and therapeutic processes are examined in examples from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Native America. B.A.-level Social Science perspective, Cultural Diversity requirement.
ANTH 537 Gender and Performance
Examines the cultural constitution of gender identity by the gender-specific assignment of artistic forms and performance roles in various parts of the world.
ANTH 574 Chinese World View
An approach to Chinese history, literature, science, and society through an exploration of a few pervasive cultural themes. Chinese sources in translation and western anthropological and philosophical sources are used. Arts and Sciences philosophical perspective.
ANTH 666 Kinship, Reproduction, Reproductive Technologies and the New Genetics
This course will combine traditional anthropological interest in family and kinship with the meaning of the new genetics, notions about genetic inheritance, and infertility in contemporary society and cross-culturally. Various debates in the field of kinship, genetics, reproductive technologies and ethical and moral dilemmas that they give rise to will be examined in depth. This course will be of interest to students anthropology, medical anthropology, women’s studies, women’s health, and cultural studies.
ANTH 740 Power
Prerequisite, graduate standing or instructor’s permission. A seminar exploring theories of power within anthropology, from Marxism, post-structuralism, feminist studies, studies in race relations, cultural studies, etc.
ANTH 744 Seminar in Ethnicity and Cultural Boundaries
Investigation of recent theoretical approaches to ethnic phenomena; consideration of cases ranging from tribal organization to complex industrial nations; analysis of particular ethnographic and ethnohistorical situations by individual students.
ANTH 750 Seminar in Medical Anthropology
Specially designed for, but not restricted to, students who are specializing in medical anthropology. Medicine as part of culture; medicine and social structure viewed cross-culturally; medicine in the perspective of anthropological theory; research methods. A special purpose is to help students plan their own research projects, theses, and dissertations.
ANTH 751 Seminar on the Anthropological Contribution to the Understanding of Medical Systems
Anthropological contributions to the understanding of medical systems, sickness, and public health. Attention is given to the ways in which medical anthropology illuminates social processes, beliefs, and ideologies.
ANTH 752 Transcultural Psychiatry
Considers cross-cultural variations in the perception, definition of, and reaction to course and treatment of deviant behavior-especially mental disorders.
ANTH 753 Gender, Sickness, and Society
This seminar deals in depth and cross-culturally with the nature of gender and the ways in which social comprehension of gender, gender status, and gender relationships impinge upon differential experience of health and sickness of men and women from a historical and contemporary perspective.
ANTH 755 Seminar in Cultural Ecology and Population
The course examines human reproduction from the perspective of human ecology. The premise is that human fertility, reproductive biology, reproductive behavior, and ultimately fertility and population replacement, can be understood only in the context of the interactions of humans with their environment.
ANTH 765 Seminar in the Anthropology of Law
Prerequisite, permission of the instructor. Drawing upon recent work of social anthropologists, this course analyzes the nature of law and conceptions of authority in various Asian, African, and American preliterate societies. The course relates law with the economy, social organization, religious ideology, and political instruments of each society. Underlying theories of social cohesion and process are examined in detail.
ANTH 770 Seminar on Anthropological Perspectives on Latin America
The seminar focuses on the interaction of five major issues in Latin America: class, ethnicity, gender, religion, and health.
ANTH 860 Art of Ethnography
A field-based exploration of the pragmatic, ethical, and theoretical dimensions of ethnographic research, addressing issues of experience, aesthetics, and worldview through the lens of cultural encounter. Field research is required.
BIOL 666 Community and Systems Ecology
A holistic approach to ecology. State-space modeling of ecological processes. Other topics will vary but may include: spatial and temporal heterogeneity in communities and ecosystems; disturbance theory; decomposition; community structure and function; freshwater ecology.
BIOL 666L Community and Systems Ecology Laboratory
Community and/or ecosystem modeling and computer simulation. Experimental analyses and validation in the field. Individual and group projects. Three laboratory and field hours a week.
PLAN 662 Gender Issues in Planning and Development
Examination of the experience of women in the urban environment and economic development process in the developing world.
PLAN 685 Water Policy in Lesser Developed Countries
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Seminar on policy and planning approaches for providing improved community water and sanitation services in developing countries. Topics covered include the choice of appropriate technology and level of service; pricing, metering, and connection charges; cost recovery and targeting subsidies to the poor; water vending; community participation in the management and operation of water systems; and rent-seeking behavior in the provision of water supplies.
PLAN 697 International Development and Social Change
Prerequisite: must be a graduate student. Course explores: a) impact of the global economy on national and community development; b) effect of environmental degradation processes on development, and c) explores strategies to guide social, economic and environmental change.
PLAN 785 Public Investment Theory
Basic theory, process, and techniques of public investment planning and decision making, involving synthesis of economic, political, and technologic aspects. Theory underlying benefit-cost analysis, adaption to a descriptive and normative model for planning public projects and programs.
COMM 574 War in American Culture: The War on Terror
This course will approach the situation (and the study of the rhetoric of war) through the study of a series of episodes from the early months in the prosecution of the War on Terrorism.
COMM 649 Third World Media
The cultural and educational uses of radio and television are studied in the developing countries of Africa, Latin America, and India. Emphasis will be placed on the new electronic media and their effectiveness in serving developing countries.
ECOL 569 Current Issues in Ecology
Prerequisites: previous course work in ecology and permission of the instructor required. Topics vary but focus on interdisciplinary problems facing humans and/or the environment.
ECON 460 International Economics
An introduction to international trade, the balance of payments, and related issues of foreign economic policy.
ECON 560 International Economic Topics
Analysis and Interpretation of selected problems and policy issues. Content varies, but attention is given to such topics as trade barriers, Trade patterns, floating exchange rates, and international monetary policy.
ECON 851 Health Economics for Developing Countries
Major topics are: how health and development are related, the demand for health services, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, and methods for financing health care in developing, resource-constrained nations.
ECON 855 Economics and Population
Prerequisite: graduate standing in economics or permission of the instructor. Analysis of economic-demographic interrelationships including: population and economic development; population, environmental decay, and zero population growth; models of fertility, migration, and spatial organization; population policy.
ECON 860 Theory International Trade
Prerequisite: graduate standing in economics or permission of the instructor. The theory of international values; comparative advantage and the gains from trade; commercial policy.
ECON 861 International Monetary Economics
Prerequisite: graduate standing in economics or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the International monetary system; exchange rates; the process of adjustment in the balance of payments.
ECON 960 Seminar International Economics
A directed reading and research course.\
FOLK 429 Culture and Power in South East Asia
FOLK 484 Discourse and Dialogue
Anthropological study of language as a pivotal mediator of humans’ mental, social, and cultural lives; the constitution of social relations through speech and social symbolism of speech styles.
GEOG 420 Fundamental Concepts of Human Geography
A systematic study of the approaches, key concepts, and methods of human geography. Emphasizes the cultural landscape and location analysis within a thematic rather than a regional framework.
GEOG 423 Social Geography
A study of the spatial components of current social problems, such as poverty, race relations, environmental deterioration and pollution, and crime. B.A.-level Social Sciences perspective.
GEOG 434 Cultural Ecology of Agriculture, Urbanization, and Disease
Examines the role of the interactions of cultures, environments, and human diseases in the quest for sustainable agriculture by examining the cultural ecology of agriculture systems and their human diseases.
GEOG 435 Environmental Politics
This course brings geographical perspectives on place, space, scale, and environmental change to the study of environmental politics. In lectures, texts, and student research, we examine topics including environmental health risks, globalization and urban environments, and the role of science in environmental politics. A&S Social Sciences perspective.
GEOG 445 Medical Geography
The human ecology of health is studied by analyzing the cultural/environmental interactions that lie behind world patterns of disease distribution, diffusion, and treatment, and the ways these are being altered by development.
GEOG 446 Geography of Health Care Delivery
This course covers basics, including personnel and facility distributions, accessibility, regionalization, and location/allocation modeling; spatial analysis and GIS; and the cultural geography of health care, including humanist and political economic perspectives. B.A.-level Social Sciences perspective.
GEOG 450 Population Geography
A study of the spatial dimensions of population growth, density, and movement and of the shifts in these patterns as they relate to changes in selected socioeconomic and cultural phenomena. B.A.-level Social Sciences perspective.
GEOG 491 Introduction to GIS
Stresses the spatial analysis and modeling capabilities of organizing data within a geographic information system.
GEOG 812 GIS Seminar
Examines the interaction between social and spatial theory and practice as expressed in the work of leading figures in social science.
GEOG 814 Seminar in Climatology
Examines questions of global climate change, climate modeling, climate telecommunications, and climate patterns.
HIST 513 Imperialism and the Third World
This course explores the processes by which nineteenth-century Imperialism set the contours of the modern world, establishing relations among societies and reconfiguring both colonial cultures and European cultures. B.A.-level Non-Western/Comparative perspective.
HIST 535 Women and Gender in African History
Analysis of historical transformations in Africa and their effects on women’s lives and gender relations. Particular themes include pre-colonial societies, colonialism, religious change, urban labor, nationalism, and sexuality. . A&S Non-Western/Comparative perspective.
HIST 537 Women in the Middle East
This course explores the lives of women in the Middle East and how they have changed over time. Focus changes each year.
HIST 722 Readings in Contemporary Global History
Focus on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Mixing theory, case studies, and comparisons, readings reflect disciplinary diversity.
INLS 758 International & Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Information Management
Examines information in society for selected nations/cultures. Compares institutions, processes, and trends in the globalization of information management in the face of barriers of language and culture.
JOMC 442 Women and Mass Communication
Examination of women as media producers, subjects and audiences with a focus on current practices and possibilities for change.
JOMC 446 International Communication
Development of international communication, the flow of news and international propaganda, the role of communication in international relations, communication in developing nations, and comparison of press systems.
JOMC 460 Medical Journalism
JOMC 713 Global Impact of New Communication Technologies
Communication technology has changed the way we live, think and communicate. This course will address the role of interactive media in transforming business and society around the world from social, ethical, legal, and economic perspectives. Course content will include analyses of the global impact of new communication technologies such as the Internet, digital communication, wireless computing, media technologies, electronic mass media, computers, consumer electronics, satellite systems, telephony, and personal communication devices. Students will develop conceptual tools for examining the psychological, political, social, and cultural implications of various communication technologies and the future of communication.
JOMC 846 Seminar: International Communications
APSM 402-5 Internal Medicine/Neurology – Advanced Practice Selective in Portugal
ERMD 409 Emergency Medicine – Independent International Elective with ER focus
FMME 225/425 Family Medicine – Independent global health elective
FMME 404 Family Medicine (MAHEC) – Specific global health elective, Honduras
FMME 433 Family Medicine – Honduran Health Alliance
FMME 438 Family Medicine – Specific global health elective, Honduras
MEDI 271/471 Family Medicine/Internal Medicine – Proyecto Puentos de Salud in Mexico
MEDI 400X Internal Medicine – UNC Project-Malawi
PERU 201/401 Internal Medicine – Specific global health elective, Peru
SOC 204/404 Social Medicine – Independent international health elective
SURY 400X Surgery
For more information, visit the medical school’s Office of International Activities.
NURS 699.001 Global Health Service Learning to Increase Understanding of Migrant Latino Health
The focus of 699, Advanced Practicum in Nursing elective course, is the development and extension of knowledge and experience related to research or service learning and its application to the practice of nursing and health care. Students will individually negotiate a mentored experience with a faculty member to participate. 699.001 is a global health service learning experience to increase understanding of migrant Latino issues. Experiential service learning will take place in Honduras, alternative sites/assignments will be offered to those requesting not to travel or participate in activities off campus.
NURS 830 Community-Oriented Primary Care for Underserved Populations
Unit 1: Community-based, Population-Focused Health. Models and programs to eliminate health disparities among disadvantaged populations, in the US and globally. Multi-level theories for culturally competent community practice.
Unit 2: Methods and Issues in Population-Focused Practice. Participatory programming. Cultural, economic, ethical, and global practice issues. Practice management strategies.
Unit 3: Grant Writing for Population-Focused Health Improvement. Art and method of grantsmanship for health care programs, with particular focus on at-risk and vulnerable populations.
POLI 433 Politics of the European Union
Examines the politics and political economy of institutional change and policy making in the European Community.
POLI 738 Power, Morality & Foreign Policy
To what extent can, and should, moral concerns be integrated into national foreign policies? An examination of theoretical alternatives as well as selected substantive issues (e.g., human rights, just war, food policy, development assistance).
PLCY 480 Environmental Decision-making
This course will examine the factors affecting environmental decision-making by individuals, businesses, governments, NGOs, and international institutions, and the different kinds of theories available for understanding and explaining these decisions and identify the implications of these considerations for designing policy incentives and action strategies to improve their decisions.
PLCY 520 Environment and Development
Upper-level course on the causes and solutions to international environmental problems and emphasizes legal remedies, market-based approaches, voluntary approaches, development policies, international cooperation, trade and environment, and sustainable development. This course emphasizes concepts and does not focus on solving math problems.
PLCY 570: Health and Human Rights
The focus of this course will be on rights-based approaches to health, applying a human rights perspective to selected public health policies, programs, and interventions. Specifically, this course will teach students how to apply a formalistic human rights framework to a wide range of critical issues in public health, exploring the role of human rights as both a safeguard against harm and a catalyst for health promotion. Upon completion, students will have acquired an understanding of the social, economic, cultural, legal, and political processes by which human rights inform public health objectives.
PLCY 575: Special Topics in Public Policy – Global Health Policy
This course provides an introduction to the relationship between international relations, global health policy and public health utcomes. As a survey course, it ranges broadly over theoretical approaches and concrete issues relating to the realization of public health outcomes in the context of domestic and international health policies. For public policy, public health, and law students seeking to gain an understanding of global health policy, this course will complement other health and policy courses at UNC, giving students a foundation for future studies at the intersection of public health and public policy.
RELI 435 Religion, Nature, and Environment
A seminar on concepts of nature within religious and a variety of world-wide spiritual traditions. Emphasis on sacred space, place, and pilgrimage as a vital intersection of religion and nature.
RELI 429 Religion and Society
Sociological analysis of group beliefs and practices- both traditionally religious and secular- through which fundamental life experiences are given coherence and meaning.
SOCI 411 Social Movements and Collective Behavior
Study of non-routine collective actions such as demonstrations, strikes, riots, social movements and revolutions, with an emphasis on recent and contemporary movements.
SOCI 422 Sociology of Health and Mental Illness
Course examines uniqueness of the sociological perspective in understanding mental health and illness. It draws upon various fields to explain mental illness in as broad a social context as possible. Attention focuses on how social factors influence definitions and perceptions of illness.
SOCI 444 Race, Class and Gender
Conceptualizations of gender, race, and class and how, separately and in combination, they are interpreted by the wider society. Emphasis on how black and working-class women make sense of their experiences at work and within the family.
SOCI 469 Medicine and Society
The primary objective of the course is to explain why particular social arrangements affect the types and distribution of diseases and how the medical care system is organized and responds. The course will focus on three topics: social factors in disease and illness; health care practitioners and their patients; and the changing face of the health care system.
SOCI 813 Comparative Welfare States
This course examines the development, achievements, present crisis, and future of welfare states in advanced industrial democracies.
SOCI 830 Demography: Theory, Substance, Techniques, Part I
A basic introduction to the discipline of demography. Materials covered include: population history; data sources; mortality and fertility trends and differentials and techniques of analysis.
SOCI 831 Demography: Theory, Substance, Techniques, Part II
A continuation of Sociology 830. Materials covered include: population growth, stable population theory; migration and distribution; population policy; population estimates and projections.
SOCI 832 Migration and Population Distribution (3)
Treats migration trends, patterns, and differentials and their effects on population distribution in continental and regional areas. Attention is given to theoretical and methodological problems in the study of population movement.
SOCI 833 Socioeconomic Factors in Fertility (3)
Fertility differentials by social and economic factors, changes therein over time, the manner in which these factors affect fertility, and the implications thereof for fertility-control programs are studied.
SOCI 835 Mortality: Social Demographic Perspectives
This advanced seminar covers mortality date and measurement, the inequality of death, trends in morbidity and mortality, and explanations of mortality decline. Social demographic perspectives receive primary emphasis.
SOCI 850 Social Stratification
Analysis of major theories of and approaches to the study of social inequality, with attention to how the various theories and approaches are operationalized. Focus on recent research in labor markets and world-wide inequality.
SOCI 863 Medical Sociology: Health, Illness, and Healing
This graduate seminar presents a conceptual and substantive overview of some of the most fundamental and salient issues in the field of medical sociology. The focus of the course is on continuity and change in health and health care. The following topics will be examined: social causation of disease; medicalization of social problems; medicine as a profession; treatment systems and organization of care; politics and the changing face of the medical care system.
SOWO 401 Managing the Effects of Disasters on Families and Children
Designed to examine the effects that disasters have on children, their families, and communities, this course gives students an understanding of how to deal with survivors’ reactions to trauma and how to decrease the chances of long-term damage when long-term disaster strikes.
SOWO 490 Public Service and Social Change
Course examines role of volunteer involvement and citizen participation in community development, grassroots organizing, advocacy, and other efforts to create a more just and democratic society. Service learning requirement.
SOWO 501 Discrimination and Inequality
Examines discrimination and its implications for social work practice. Particular attention is paid to issues of race and gender and the consequences of social inequality on individuals and families.
SOWO 802 Family Stress: Coping and Social SupportA review of theories and research on family stress, coping, and social support; an examination of family resources and adaptation associated with life cycle transitions, environmental situations, and catastrophic events.
SOWO 880 Sustainable Development
Examines perspectives and models of sustainable development. Students will analyze a project and present a participatory plan for engaging in sustainable development work.
SOWO 842 Family-centered Social Work Practice
Seminar introduces students to family-centered social work practice. Course provides a theoretical base for developing direct practice skills in the treatment of the family as a unit.
SOWO 881 Community Practice and Planning
Course focuses on roles and skills in community development, planning and organizing, and on analysis of community practice models. Students will provide peer training in their special interest areas.
SOWO 882 Citizen Participation and Volunteer Involvement
Examines the role of grassroots organization in advocacy, self-help, and social development; involvement of citizens in public planning; and development of volunteer programs.
WMST 444 Race, Class, and Gender
Conceptualizations of gender, race, and class and how, separately and in combination, they are interpreted by the wider society. Emphasis on how black and working class women make sense of their experiences at work and within the family.
WMST 430 Culture, Gender, and Participatory Development
Participatory development theory and practice in Africa and the U.S. are examined in the context of other intervention strategies and with special attention to culture and gender. Seminar plus practicum. For African Studies majors and other qualified students.
WMST 440 Gender and Culture
Cross-cultural perspectives on the social uses of gender distinctions. Focus on women’s lives outside the U.S. and Europe. Comparison with students’ social context.
WMST 441 Gender, Health and Illness
Explores the social and cultural patterns and practices that differentially influence health and illness among women and men.
WMST 662 Gender Issues in Planning and Development
This course examines gender differences in the economic development process in the Third World and explores methods of incorporating a gender analysis in the work of development planners and policy makers.
WMST 715 Feminism and Society
Seminar in selected topics in feminist analysis of social life, with materials drawn from a global range of societies
WMST 753 Gender, Sickness and Society
This seminar will deal in depth with the nature of gender cross culturally and the ways social comprehension of gender, gender status, and gender relationships impinge upon the differential experience of health and sickness in men and women from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
WMST 799 Graduate Seminar in Women’s Studies
Explores the complex interaction between Women’s Studies, Feminist Studies and Gender Studies as these fields have evolved within and across academic disciplines, intersecting with issues of race, class, ethnicity, masculinity, sexual orientation and with practices of queer theory and cultural studies.