Undergraduates at Harvard College have many opportunities to engage in global health learning. They can pursue a secondary field in Global Health and Health Policy, enroll in a general education course on global health, engage in activities as part of the many student groups focused on global health, and participate in experiential internships during the summer or January term. They can take advantage of seminars, workshops, and other activities sponsored by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Global Health Education and Learning Incubator, both university-wide entities, and both deeply committed to creating opportunities for undergraduates.
The Global Health and Health Policy Secondary Field allows students to explore health conditions and health policy from a global perspective during their undergraduate careers. This program’s curriculum conceptualizes health broadly so that students can understand the complex nature of health problems that face populations worldwide. Students in the program have the opportunity to conduct original health-related research.
Rx: Arts for Global Health, taught by Professor Doris Sommer, encourages students to explore the ways in which the arts and humanities can have an impact on health and well-being. Students engage with classic writers of aesthetics and philosophy while being challenged to think of cultural interventions that can come out of these traditions and have real-world impact on modern health conditions.