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Health and Environment

This option considers the direct impact of global issues on the life on our planet.  As intercontinental travel makes nearly every epidemic already global today, the more and more the health of individuals is directly connected to the health of the globe.  Growing populations, aging demographics, increasing pollution, and decreasing food resources present new challenges for global human health.  Similarly the global cycles of climate change and crisis force us to reconsider both natural processes and anthropogenic influences, examining the philosophy and history of human's place in nature. Some of the themes on which this Option focuses include: the relationship between local resources and global geopolitics; cultural, economic, and social effects of global climate change; pollution and conservation; environmental movements; and evolution and extinction. 

Boldfaced courses to be offered in Spring 2021.


Health and Environment


Course Number

  Course Title

ASIA 106

Asian Traditions of Health, Medicine, and the Body


AFAM 302

Diversity and Health


AFR 105

Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change


AFR 306

Health and Illness in African and Black Diaspora: Cultural Anthropology



Livelihoods and Ecosystems: Anthropological Approaches to Human-Environment Interaction



Anthropology of Food


ANTH 455

Global Processes and Local Systems


ANTH 456

Cultural Ecology



Our Place in Nature


CAS 453

Health Communication Theory and Research


CED 152

Community Development Concepts and Practice



Literature, Race, and Disease 



The Earth System and Global Change


ECON 415

The Economics of Global Climate Change


ECON 428

Environmental Economics



Communicating Care


ENGL 179

Literature of Food


ENGL 180

Literature and the Natural World


HIST 110

Nature and History


HIST 109

Introduction to US Environmental History


HIST 111

American Food System: History, Technology, and Culture


HIST 453

American Environmental History


PHIL 013

Nature and Environment


PHIL 118

Environmental Philosophy


PHIL 403

Environmental Ethics


PLSC 135

The Politics of the Ecological Crisis


PLSC 464

Extractive Industries in Africa 



Psychology in a Sustainable World


SOC 023

Population and Policy Issues


SOC 211Z

Health Inequality: Understanding the Geographies of Life and Death


SOC 422

World Population Diversity


SOC 451

Health, Disease & Society


SOC 468

Mood-Altering Substances in Society*


SOC 497D

The Global Impact of Education*



Intermediate Grammar and Composition for Students in Medical-Related Fields


SPAN 300B 


Advanced Grammar and Composition for Students in Medical-related Fields


Courses Outside the College of the Liberal Arts


BB H 305

Introduction to Global Health Issues


BB H 407

Global Health Equity


BI SC 003

Environmental Science

BIOET 100 Bioethics
BIOET 110N Health, Illness, and the Human Condition



Science, Ethics, Policy, and Law

BIOET 501 Perspectives and Methods in Bioethics
BIOET 502 Macro-Perspectives in Bioethics/Public Health Ethics



Ethical Dimensions of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems


BMH 490

Bioethics and Medical Humanities Capstone Course


CED 450

International Development, Renewable Resources, and the Environment


E B F 200

Introduction to Energy and Earth Sciences Economics


E B F 301

Global Finance for the Earth, Energy, and Materials Industries



Earth in the Future: Predicting Climate Change and Its Impacts Over the Next Century



Water, Science, and Society


EGEE 101

Energy and the Environment


EGEE 401

Energy in a Changing World


GEOG 030 / 30N

Environment and Society in a Changing World



Introduction to Global Climatic Systems


GEOG 314

Biogeography and Global Ecology




Climatic Change and Variability



Gendered Worlds


GEOG 430

Human Use of the Environment


GEOG 436

Ecology, Economy, and Society


GEOG 439

Property and the Global Environment 


H P A 401

Comparative Health Systems


NUTR 425

Global Nutrition Problems: Health, Science, and Ethics

 ****400 level courses with asterisks do not have prerequisites. ****


Majors should select 21 credits in the Option courses. 

-15 credits of these 21 will be in a single Option concentration (no more than 6 credits towards the Option completion are to be from courses in a single department).

-6 credits of these 21 are from other Options.

-At least 12 credits must be taken at the 400 level or higher.