Mission and Goals Statement

The minor in GPH aims to advance the mission of The University of Montana by its international and interdisciplinary emphasis and its focus on educating graduates who will serve the Missoula community, the state of Montana and its tribal reservations, the region, the nation, and the world through their academic preparation and ethical commitment to advancing human health. The curriculum supporting the minor in global public health specifically incorporates “big ideas” that involve global issues and, therefore, advances the University’s strategic objectives embodied in its core theme of “education for the global century” by promoting “global engagement and leadership at the baccalaureate level” through exposure to “grand challenges that we face as a world society” (UM Strategic Plan 2012-2020). Students who pursue the Global Public Health minor should become more informed and engaged citizens and should enhance their major field of study by preparing for a broad range of professions and graduate programs where they can promote global, local, and tribal public-health knowledge, research, and practice. The interdisciplinary minor is intended to enrich the education each student receives within their chosen major and to provide opportunities for participating students to advance their knowledge regarding the critical contemporary and future transnational questions of health policy and science and to develop skills in interacting within an increasingly diverse population, illness, and professional environment. The GPH minor aims to meet the needs of undergraduate students seeking to learn more about meaningful careers in global health, the needs of a world confronted by the increasingly complex challenges of public-health issues, and the needs of a workforce committed to resolving these issues. These goals are advanced by a curriculum that promotes deeper transnational connectedness and increased international opportunities for students along with a growing awareness regarding the scientific challenges and inequities in disease burden and health promotion observed among and within industrialized countries, most low- and middle-income countries, and our tribal-reservation communities.