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Introduction to Global Health Studies


The sources compiled in this guide offer an entry point into the study of Global Health at Allegheny College.

What is Global Health?

Global Health Studies is an interdivisional, interdisciplinary program that promotes a multidimensional understanding of local and Global Health issues, particularly in low-resource regions. It emphasizes the links between health and patterns of economic and social development, and brings together courses on the environment, ethics, politics, economics, society, and culture. The major and minor aim to foster 1) an understanding of disease causation and prevention; 2) awareness of the transnational dimensions of health and disease; 3) comprehension of the relationship between health and the built and natural environments; 4) an ethical outlook that promotes sensitivity to the culture of local communities; 5) firsthand knowledge of real-life Global Health work; and 6) an appreciation of the political, historical, social, behavioral, scientific, and cultural aspects of health in the search for sustainable solutions .


Here is a link to the Global Health Department's page.

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Topic Map

What is a topic map?
Topic maps help you begin to think about your topic and create a search strategy. They include the key concepts associated with your topic and  alternative terminology for these concepts.

Why use a topic map?
The topic map provides you with the opportunity to think of your topic in new ways.

What does a topic map include?
The main topic idea in the center of the map with other aspects of your topic surrounding it (your keywords).

Alternative terminology (keywords) to describe your topic should be included for each keyword.

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