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“I was born in South Korea and came to the US when I was 12. I had a slow start in college in the Midwest. I discovered Linfield and loved my global health, health policy and public health courses. I am now in an online Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at OHSU. My internship and course work from experienced health administration and global health faculty at Linfield has made graduate school more rewarding and relevant.”

Jee Park Oakley, Linfield College graduate

Linfield’s Global Health Minor is an exciting interdisciplinary minor for those students who want international health perspective, understanding, and genuine experience. Students may elect this minor as a means of adding both a global and a health perspective to their major field of study. Pre health professionals, International Business and Marketing students, and others who aspire to do some health or health related work outside the US may find this minor an exciting and practical complement to their current major field of study.

US health leaders are coming to understand we have much to learn from both the developed and developing world, especially if we are to truly improve health access, affordability, and quality, and overall population health.

Goals for the Minor

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the following theories, concepts and practices of 21st Century Health Administration and how they are applied in various health and health care settings in both the developed and developing world: Social Determinants of Health, Population Health, Planning and Policy, Marketing, Management and Leadership, Digital Information to improve Prevention and Health Care Delivery, Integrated Health Systems, Cultural and Organizational Behavior
  • Identify the basic principles of management and apply them in at least 2 global health care settings
  • Examine the social and cultural significance of health in society, locally, in the US, and globally
  • Analyze both health policy and practical management issues related to the field of global health administration
  • Experience health and/or health care in 2 different global health care service learning, internships or approved volunteer experiences.

All classes in the Linfield Global Health Certificate Program are offered online and is available to all Linfield students regardless of campus.

Classes are available 24/7, making them perfect for students with schedules that demand flexibility. With Internet access you can work from anywhere in the world. Linfield College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and is a private non-profit college. 

A Minor in Global Health requires the completion of the following 6 courses for a total of 24 credits including 2 global health field experiences or internships in 2 different settings equivalent to at least 6 credits

Required courses:

HSCI 250 Introduction to Public and Community Health
HSCI 320 Health and Social Policy
HSCI 330 Global Health
HSCI 340 Health Care in America
HSCI 398 Global Health Experience
HSCI 431 Senior Global Health Seminar
HSCI 485 Health Administration Senior Seminar
HSCI 487 Global Health Internship

Curriculum Plan for Spring Entry
Global Health Minor
Fall Entry

Fall Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring
HSCI 250 HSCI 320 HSCI 487 HSCI 340 HSCI 398 HSCI 431
  HSCI 330 Internship   Experience HSCI 485
3 credits 6 credits 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits 6 credits

Curriculum Plan for Spring Entry
Global Health Minor
Spring 2015 through Summer 2016

Spring Fall Winter Spring Summer
HSCI 320 HSCI 250 HSCI 398 HSCI 431 HSCI 487
HSCI 330 HSCI 340 Experience HSCI 485 Internship
6 credits 6 credits 3 credits 6 credits 3 credits

HSCI 250 Introduction to Public and Community Health
Introduction to the field of public health. Focus on human biology, environmental health, lifestyle factors, and health care organizations as these four factors relate to one another and to the overall concept of health, health care, and health care delivery in the U.S. 3 credits. (IS or US)

HSCI 320 Health and Social Policy
Examination of U.S. health and social policy. Analysis of the public policy process, major public social and health programs, special interests, and political differences. The role of federal, state, as well as local governments and the legal system in policy implementation. Understanding complex health and social problems as they are translated into standards of conduct. 3 credits. (MWI)

HSCI 330 Global Health
A multi-disciplinary introduction to key public health issues in the developed world, the emerging world, and developing world. Intended for students from any major who want a foundation in global health issues from a science, social, political, economic and business perspective. 3 credits. (IS or GP)

HSCI 340 Health Care in America
Exploration of the history, structure, economics, politics, and technology of health, health care, and health care delivery in the U.S. from the mid-1700s to the present. Co-requisite: 310. 3 credits. (MWI)

HSCI 398  Special Topics in Health Sciences
4 credits.

HSCI 431 Senior Global Health Seminar
Examines health, health care, and health care delivery in developed, developing, and newly developed countries and regions of the world. Diseases (old and emerging), disease processes,
health care practices and beliefs, and international world health organizations. Prerequisite: 340 or instructor consent. 3 credits. (IS, GP, MWI)

HSCI 485 Senior Seminar in Health Sciences
Capstone course exploring issues related to health care in the United States and throughout the world. Topics include health care delivery, health care reform, and interdisciplinary exploration of global public health issues. Prerequisite: senior standing. 3 credits.

HSCI 487 Internship
Intensive learning experience on-site in health-related organization. Prerequisites: senior standing. 2-5 credits. May be repeated once. A total of 3 credits required for a major. (EL)