INTH 301/INTH401, Fundamental Concepts in Global Health

All participants in the Global Health Certificate Program are required to successfully complete INTH 301/INTH401, Fundamental Concepts in Global Health taught each spring Semester. The course seeks to integrate the multiple perspectives and objectives in global health by investigating how the disciplines of biology, medicine, bioethics, epidemiology, anthropology, nursing, mathematics, and engineering analyze and approach the same set of international health problems. Students will develop a shared vocabulary with which to understand these various other perspectives from within their own discipline. Real life examples will be used to emphasize issues related to the health consequences of development projects, emergency response to a health care crisis and diseases of development in the presence of underdevelopment. The course is open to all upper class students and graduate students. More information is available from the registrar's web site or by clicking here to access the course flyer.

INTH 301/401 is also the core requirement for all individuals to receive a Certificate in Global Health. Students interested in receiving a certificate will also be required to complete a set number of global health classes (and/or receive international field experience), according to individual departmental requirements.

Additional Global Health Coursework

In addition to INTH 301/401, The Framework Program has supported the recent revival of Medical Spanish and new courses and electives in Global Health since its inception. Case Western Reserve University provides a large number of academic courses relevant to Global Health. They may be selected individually under the guidance of an academic advisor, or may be included as a formal program of study, such as with the Global Health Certificate Program.

A sample of courses offered at CWRU that are relevant to Global Health include:


Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • EPBI 484: Geographic Medicine and Epidemiology
  • EPBI 494: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • EPBI 431: Statistical Methods in Biological and Medical Sciences I
  • EPBI 447: Global Health: Outbreak Investigation in Real-Time
  • EPBI 450: Clinical Trials and Intervention Studies
  • EPBI 459: Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • EPBI 460 & 461: Health Research Methods
  • EPBI 467: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in Health Care
  • EPBI 490: Epidemiology: Introduction of Theory/Methods
  • EPBI 410: Principles of Biomedicine for Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • EPBI 433: Community Interventions and Program Evaluation
  • EPBI 463: Survey Design and Data Collection
  • EPBI 508: Ethics, Law, and Epidemiology
  • EPBI 515: Secondary Analysis of Large Health Care Data

Public Health

  • MPHP 406: History and Philosophy of Public Health
  • MPHP 447: Global Health: Outbreak Investigation in Real-Time
  • MPHP 484: Geographic Medicine and Epidemiology
  • MPHP 494: Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • MPHP 475: Management of Disasters Due to Nature, War, or Terror
  • MPHP 510: Health Disparities
  • MPHP 418: Health, Human Rights, and Social Justice
  • MPHP 461: Urban Health


  • NURS 372: Health in the Global Community
  • NURS 491: Community Health Nursing I
  • NURS 373: Global Health Practicum
  • NURS 495: Community Health Nursing II
  • NURS 496: Community Health Nursing III
  • NURS 480: Public Health Epidemiology
  • NURS 445: Infection Control I
  • NURS 450: Infection Control II
  • NURS 524: Advanced Practicum in Infection Control
  • NURS 418: Health, Human Rights, and Social Justice: Focus on HIV/AIDS


  • LAWS 440: International War Crimes Project
  • LAWS 227: Health Laws
  • LAWS 244: Poverty, Social Inequiality, and Law
  • LAWS 069: Islamic Law
  • LAWS 048: International Humanitarian Law
  • LAWS 214: Scientific Evidence


  • ANTH 326/426: Power, Illness, and Inequality: The Political Economy of Health
  • ANTH 334/434: Urban Anthropology
  • ANTH 337/437: Comparative Medical Systems
  • ANTH 343/443: Psychoanalytic Anthropology
  • ANTH 345/445: Ethnicity, Gender, and Mental Health
  • ANTH 351/451: Topics in International Health
  • ANTH 352/452: Japanese Culture and Society
  • ANTH 353/453: Chinese Culture and Society
  • ANTH 356/456: Mediterranean Culture and Society
  • ANTH 358/458: Women’s Mental Health
  • ANTH 359/459: Introduction to International Health
  • ANTH 361/461: Urban Health
  • ANTH 363/463: Anthropology and Bioethics
  • ANTH 365/465: Gender and Sex Differences: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • ANTH 369/469: The Anthropology of Nutrition
  • ANTH 371/471: Culture, Behavior, and Person: Psychological Anthropology
  • ANTH 376/476: Topics in the Anthropology of Health and Medicine
  • ANTH 388/488: Globalization, Development, and Underdevelopment: Anthropological Perspectives
  • ANTH 511: Seminar in Anthropology and Global Health


  • MATH 349/449: Dynamical systems for Biology and Medicine
  • MATH 385: Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes for Biology


  • BIOL 351: Priniciples of Ecology
  • BIOL 353: Ecophysiology of Global Change


  • BETH 271: Bioethics:Dilemmas
  • BETH 401: Foundations in Bioethics
  • BETH 414: INternational HEalth Research Ethics


  • ENGR 131: Elementary Computer Programming