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Student Engagement

The Center for Global Health Impact promotes student engagement in global health through internships, service opportunities, and courses. These opportunities go beyond the classroom by challenging students from all academic and demographic backgrounds to create practical solutions to global health issues.

Featured Course: Creating Global and Public Health Impact

Dr. Eric G. Bing's innovative Creating Global and Public Health Impact course gives you the tools to analyze and develop solutions for complex public health challenges and adapt those solutions to new contexts. You'll also learn to better communicate your ideas in order to maximize your impact.

This interdisciplinary course blends the social, biological, and management sciences with humanities and the arts, to help you create sustainable change in communities as well as in you. Since no student is expected to have expertise in all of these areas, you will be stimulated to collaborate with others and think beyond traditional academic boundaries. No health background is required.

Through a series of real-world case studies, guest speakers, discussions, and debates, this course will help you understand the many reasons why some global and public initiatives succeed in improving health while others fail. The course culminates in a community consultation, where you'll  apply what you've learned to help a local organization be more impactful.  

This course is co-listed as ANTH 4345, ANTH 6345, APSM 4355, and MNO 4345. It fulfills the following Proficiencies and Experiences (PREX) in SMU's University Curriculum: Community Engagement (CE), Global Engagement (GE), Oral Communication (OC), Human Diversity (HD). 

Click here to download the course flyer with more video links.

Student Testimonials

SMU Students with Zambian children


Traveling to Zambia augmented my classroom learning and focused my professional goals. The experience, from speaking to local workers to government officials, ignited my passion for global health and catalyzed my dreams. 

 - Prithvi Rudrappa (SMU '15)

The team at the Center for Global Health Impact tailored my internship to my interests and challenged me with the autonomy to take charge of projects, allowing me to develop skills applicable to my future career path.

- Anna Norkett (SMU '16)



Center for Global Health Impact Internships
We are currently accepting applications for interns who are interested in working in global and public health. Academic year and summer internships are available. We are seeking professional, dependable, and enthusiastic student interns to support global health efforts at SMU and the George W. Bush Institute. Grounded in research, we work collaboratively to develop practical solutions that can improve the health of impoverished people around the world. We seek to create measurable and sustainable impact by incubating innovative ideas and developing low-cost, high-efficiency strategies to global health challenges. Complete details and application here.
To apply, email your resume and a completed application form to Lauren Shook at
External Opportunities in Global and Public Health


Volunteering with Unite for Sight

Unite for Sight's Global Impact Corps offers students and professionals a hands-on, immersive, and unique opportunity to volunteer abroad in global health. Its efforts are currently focused in Ghana, India, and Honduras.

More information and application here.

Fellowships with Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps is committed to building the next generation of diverse health leaders. They offer a range of paid year-long fellowship positions with health organizations in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia. 

More information and application here.

Featured Research Projects
Low Vietnamese Breast Cancer Screening in Women: Situational or Cultural Factors?

Janice Kim (SMU '15) served as an intern at the Center for Global Health Impact over the summer of 2014. Through a project she conducted as a Richter Research Fellow during her freshman year, Janice assessed the health and breast cancer literacy of women in Vietnam. She continued her research through the SMU Engaged Learning Program, and is now pursuing her medical doctorate at Harvard Medical School.

Featured Courses

ANTH 2301 (3). INTRODUCTORY CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY. Basic theories and methods of cultural anthropology. Explores variations in cultural values, social practices, religion, rules of law, etc., in different cultures around the world. Focuses on understanding the forces that shape cultures and societies, and how they adapt to a rapidly changing world.

ANTH 3301/CFB 3301/SOCI 3301 (3). HEALTH, HEALING AND ETHICS: CROSSCULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON SICKNESS AND SOCIETY. A cross-cultural exploration of cultures and organization of medical systems, economic development and the global exportation of biomedicine, and ethical dilemmas associated with medical technologies and global disparities in health.

ANTH 3306 (3). INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY. Provides an overview of methods and topics in medical anthropology, which is an interdisciplinary field that explores health, illness, and systems of healing through holistic and cross-cultural study. Case studies from a diversity of human societies and cultures around the globe are used to challenge assumptions of student understandings. Introduces major theoretical paradigms and professional issues within the field.

ANTH 3348/HRTS 3348/CFB 3348 (3). HEALTH AS A HUMAN RIGHT. This course examines the concept of human rights critically, with an eye for cross-cultural variation and a particular focus on rights that are health-related.

ANTH 4303 (3). POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HEALTH. Course explores topics in health and healing from a political economy perspective. Addresses social and economic factors influencing culture change, health and healing practices within a society. Examines health inequities around the globe. Prerequisites:  ANTH 2301, ANTH 3301 or approval by instructor.

ANTH 4305 (3). APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY. The application of anthropological theories and methods to problems in contemporary societies, including global business, community development, health care issues, agricultural/environmental programs, urban planning, tourism projects and education policy. Prerequisites:  Advanced standing and ANTH 2301 (or permission of instructor for nonanthropology majors)

ANTH 4307 (3). GLOBAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH. Provides an overview of issues in international health, with a focus on contributions of anthropology and anthropologists to international public health issues. Prerequisites:  Advanced standing and ANTH 2301 (or permission of instructor for nonanthropology majors).

ANTH 4343 (3). BIOMEDICINE, CULTURE, AND POWER. Examines the epistemology and history of biomedicine, medical bureaucracy, professionalism, medical education, alternative and popular medicine, economics, and health care.

ANTH 5336 (3). HEALTH IN CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE. Cross-cultural study of the cultural construction and social organization of medical systems in preindustrial and industrialized societies, including the political economy of health, ethnomedicine, international health, ethnopharmacology, and bioethics.Prerequisite:  ANTH 2301 or 3301, or permission of instructor.

BIOL 3365 (3). CANCER BIOLOGY. Emphasis on the molecular features of oncogenesis and human cancers, including carcinogenesis, metastasis, and roles of genetic mutations and chromosomal aberrations during neoplasia. Prerequisite:  C- or better in BIOL 3350.

CHEM 5398 (3). MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY. This course will highlight the close relationships of organic chemistry and biochemistry with the field of medicine. The course will rely on the departmental computational laboratory to permit three-dimensional visualization of molecular interactions. Three hours of lecture each week.Prerequisites:  CHEM 3371 and 3372.

ECO 5320 (3). HEALTH ECONOMICS. An introduction to the economics of health and health care policies and how they have affected the structure, function, and cost-effectiveness of the health care industry, principally in the United States. Prerequisites:  C- or better in ECO 3301.

PSYC 3360 (3). HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY. A basic introduction to the subject. Topics include causes and correlates of health, illness, and dysfunction, as well as the interplay of emotions, cognitions, and behavioral and/or physical factors. Prerequisites:  PSYC 1300 and one additional psychology course, or instructor approval.

APSM 4349 (3). HEALTH CARE: FROM POLICY TO PRACTICE. Explores the development and transformation of health care policy and the environmental factors that influence the delivery of health care services. Also, financial, economical, and operational issues related to health care.

CEE 5353 (3). ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY. Introduction to the science of epidemiology. Design and conduct of studies examining health effects of environmental exposures. Strengths and limitations of research strategies and interpretation of study results. Areas of interest include air and water pollution, lead, and biological marker outcomes.

Featured Majors & Programs

Health and Society Major

The Health and Society major is designed for students who are interested in the practice and study of medicine in global and cultural contexts. This interdisciplinary major provides future professionals with critical thinking skills, an awareness of the complexity of global health care systems, and the skills necessary for recognizing the social and economic variables that create patterns of disease.

Pre-Health Program

The Pre-Health program, offered through the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, is a preparatory program for students who plan to pursue admission to graduate-level professional programs. It provides a path to ensure that students are ready and eligible for admission into the health professional school of their choice.