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Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria. Every 20 seconds an individual dies from tuberculosis. Millions of other people die each year from AIDS, cancer, heart disease, dysentery, influenza, cholera, and other diseases.

At Cedar Crest College, we see you taking the first step toward improving health and mortality rates around the world by enrolling in our minor in global diseases, which can be linked with virtually any major on campus. This minor is designed with few prerequisites, so it won’t tax your credit load.

What Is Your Major…and How Can You Make A Difference?

Learn how combining a global diseases minor with your major can help you address the challenges that face our world.

  • Biodiversity and Conservation Biology: Track down animal hosts of newly emerged pathogens.
  • Business Administration: Develop businesses that create clean water sources for those without it.
  • Chemistry: Develop methods to remove toxic chemicals from populated areas.
  • Economics: Propose changes to raise the quality of life and health care.
  • English or Theatre: Tell the story of those who have lost the battle against disease.
  • Genetic Engineering: Conduct research to identify biological mechanisms employed by pathogens.
  • History: Help the current population understand the severity of past pandemics.
  • Marketing: Alert the public to the needs of others.
  • Mathematics: Decipher the complexities of epidemics with calculus and statistical analyses.
  • Media Studies: Create a media campaign that encourages philanthropy.
  • Neuroscience: Search for cures for diseases of the brain.
  • Nursing: Provide medical care for those in need.
  • Nutrition: Promote public health through education and food preparation.
  • Political Science: Champion important issues within the halls of Congress.
  • Psychology: Expand the understanding of the relationship between stress and disease.
  • Social Work: Work with children and adults within an African village to help them avoid serious diseases.

About Our Program

Adding a minor in global diseases can help you develop as a productive citizen of today’s increasingly interconnected global community. This minor builds upon principles central to the mission of Cedar Crest College—namely to educate the next generation of women leaders for our global society and to promote health and wellness, not only in our campus community but beyond.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the global diseases minor is to provide our society with individuals who have an enhanced awareness of global diseases, a sincere interest in finding solutions to the many problems associated with these diseases, and the skills and initiative required to effect change. Key to the success of the graduates of this minor is an understanding that no discipline stands alone in solving global problems.

Dive A Little Deeper

Course requirements

BIO 128 Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Environment 3 credits
BIO 129 Principles of Epidemiology 3 credits
BIO 129 Principles of Epidemiology 3 credits
HLT 103 Introduction to Global Health 3 credits
OR HLT 102 Introduction to Public Health 3 credits

Cultural Experience: any number of credits

BIO 311 Multidisciplinary Solutions for Global Diseases 1 credit

Cognate Courses: 3 of the following courses from 3 different disciplines (e.g., ANT, BUA, and ECO). If a student wishes to use other courses in this category, the student should discuss these options with the Global Diseases Advisor.

ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology 3 credits
ANT 310 Women in the Developing World 3 credits
BIO 112 Concepts in Human Biology and Health Issues 3 or 4 credits
BIO 125/225 The Amazon Basin: Natural History, Culture, and Conservation 3 credits
BIO 304 Pathophysiology 3 credits
BIO 316 Conservation Biology and GIS 3 or 4 credits
BIO 330 Drugs and the Brain: Neuropharmacology of Disease and Addiction 3 credits
BIO 339 Biology of Cancer 3 credits
BIO 348 Diseases of the Nervous System 3 or 4 credits
BUA 211 Introduction to Health Care Systems 3 credits
BUA 350 Organizational Leadership 3 credits
COM 212 Intercultural Communication 3 credits
ECO 222 Economic Geography 3 credits
GST 100 The Globalizing World 3 credits
HIS 107 European Civilization: Ideas and Experiences 3 credits
HIS 121 Survey of United States History 3 credits
LLC 200* Social Justice: A Global Perspective 3 credits
NTR 130 Food and Culture 3 credits
NUR 328 Nursing in the Global Community 3 credits
PSC 210 American Public Policy 3 credits
PSC 215  Political Economy 3 credits
PSY 201 Mind-Body Medicine 3 credits
REL 220 Death and Dying 3 credits
REL 233 Spirituality and Wellness 3 credits
SOC 222* Social Justice: A Global Perspective 3 credits
SPA 205 Spanish for Health Professionals 3 credits
SWK/SOC 202 The Social Welfare Institution 3 credits
SWK 300 Community Organizing 3 credits
* Either SOC 222 or LLC 200

Transfer students must complete at least the following at Cedar Crest College for the Minor in Global Diseases

  • BIO 128 Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Environment 3 credits
  • BIO 129 Principles of Epidemiology 3 credits
  • BIO 311 Multidisciplinary Solutions for Global Diseases 1 credit
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