UPIKE announces new global health minor

The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) is introducing a new global health minor beginning in January 2021. Using a mixed-method approach, the global health minor is designed to leverage campus expertise alongside the work of UPIKE’s community partners to provide students with a distinctive, skills-based credential that is transferable across communities and health sectors.

As the world is still coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, UPIKE’s focus on global health has perfect timing, helping to build a culture of health across all communities. 

“This minor affirms the ‘global as local’ philosophy and recognizes the world has become connected like no other time in recent history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The commitment to the study of global health is important for students as they become responsible global citizens with the ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems,” explained Professor of Nursing and RN-BSN Coordinator Tauna Gulley, Ph.D. “Seeking to improve health outcomes, students will use what they have learned to develop and implement a capstone project in a community of their choice.”      

The global health minor is a 21-credit program, with five required courses and two electives. It can complement any major and prepares students for careers in organizations with health-focused missions. For students intending to pursue careers in the health professions, the minor offers a distinctive credential in social, ethical and intercultural competencies. 

Students in this minor will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of issues affecting the health of individuals and communities, while learning to recognize the importance of cultural belief systems and how they influence personal and communal health.

Students learn from diverse perspectives, develop community-based connections, and produce individualized projects that probe questions about the state and future of global health. Instructors with expertise across different fields and from leaders in community health departments, mental health agencies, addiction recovery centers and child advocacy agencies educate students about health challenges on a global scale.