Global Health in Local Contexts Course Applications Now Open

Course applications are now open for Global Health in Local Contexts (GHSR 6713).

This fall 2024 course (GHSR 6713, 3 cr.) immerses students in a relational, place-based study of the global social forces that impact health. The course centers storytelling to explore community-based healthcare and the practice and possibilities of global health in local settings.  

Students will also take part in collaborative learning with peers in Uganda and Haiti who will be engaged in parallel, geographically-based courses.

The course will take place Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and select Saturdays from Sept. 5 through Dec. 7, 2024. UMN graduate students can take the course for credit (GHSR 6713, 3 credits). Non-credit course options are also available for community learners. 

The course is "classroom-less" and entirely held in community settings, such as Frogtown Farm, the UMN Community-University Health Care Clinic, and Bdote/Fort Snelling State Park.

The course offers “a chance for students to connect with others who have similar interests, not only in the midst of their studies but also people in the community,” says Lead Instructor Dr. Michael Westerhaus.

“It’s also a chance to get outside of the classroom. Being in these spaces offers a different type of learning than we get from textbooks and slides.”

View last year’s course syllabus. 

Learn more and apply for the course