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There are opportunities to study global health in a number of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs at Queen’s University. 

Courses in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences

Department of Global Development Studies

Courses in the Department of Global Development Studies related to global health include:

Undergraduate Courses:

  • DEVS 100 - Canada and the “Third World”
  • DEVS 280 - Global Engagement
  • DEVS 293 (NEW): Global Health and Development

This course examines the nexus between global health and development with a focus on preparing students for work on contemporary health and wellbeing issues. It takes a multidisciplinary perspective, but largely from the field of social science, to analyze current global challenges including environmental and social transformations, and changing disease burden. Using case studies, students will learn important concepts and principles in global health and development. Innovative approaches that bridge global health and development will also be introduced in this course.

  • DEVS 355 - AIDS, Power, and Poverty
  • DEVS 393 (NEW) - Land Politics and Health

This course explores the complexity of land politics and its implications for health and health promotion at local and global levels. It starts by conceptualizing land politics as deeply steeped in political ecologies which produce and reinforce health inequities. With such theoretical framing, students will learn the situatedness of contemporary concepts and processes in land politics (including environmental appropriation, exploitation, dispossession, and repossession) in broader discourses of environmental (in)justice and sustainability. It will also discuss how power and politics over land access are organized and operationalized at multiple scales to influence longstanding health inequalities. The course will conclude by examining ways in which global health can benefit from equity in land politics, and assist students to examine their future roles in promoting healthy environments and healthy populations through ‘equitable land reforms’ in communities and at the global level.

Registration of students outside of DEVS is welcome.  Contact devs.student@queensu.ca for more information.

New Graduate Course:

  • DEVS 815: Global Health, Instructor: Dr. Kilian Atuoye, Winter 2023

This course will introduce students to current global health issues with the aim of providing a solid foundation for future careers in Global Health. The course is structured in three parts. The first part will discuss key theories, concepts, and principles of Global Health. In the second part, students will critically examine health risks, changing trends and distribution of diseases, disease burden and impacts, at individual and population levels in high- and low-income countries. Case studies covering infectious, non-communicable diseases, and mental health will provide good grounds for discussing these aspects of Global Health. The final part of the course will guide students to explore practical ways of addressing contemporary global health challenges in the ever-evolving global political economy. Ultimately, this course will enhance students’ critical thinking about Global Health, global health challenges, and how to contribute towards improving health and wellbeing across the world.

If you are interested in this course, please contact devsgrad@queensu.ca for information.

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Courses in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies related to global health include:

  • HLTH 101 - Social Determinants of Health
  • HLTH 332 - Foundations for Understanding Disability: A Health Perspective
  • HLTH 350 - Topics in Global Health
  • HLTH 397 - Special Topics in Health Studies - Fall 2022: Globalization and Black Health
  • HLTH 404 - Global Studies of Social Inclusion, Community Participation and Mental Wellness (focus on Interdisciplinary Studies in Global Health)
  • HLTH 493 - Advanced Topics in Health Studies - Winter 2023: Indigenous Resilience
  • HLTH 497 - Special Topics in Health Studies - Fall 2022: Environment and Health)


Courses at Bader College - Located at Herstmonceux Castle, UK

  • HLTH 101 - The Social Determinants of Health
  • HLTH 305 – Foundations of Health Policy
  • HLTH 332 - Foundations for Understanding Disability
  • HLTH 350 - Topics in Global Health
  • HLTH 351 - Health in Humanitarian Crises
  • HLTH 397 - Global Health - Challenges in Non-traditional Security
  • HLTH 402 - Disability Studies: Issues, Research and Policy
  • HLTH 403 - Global Perspectives of Community-based Rehabilitation
  • HLTH 404 - Global Studies of Social Inclusion, Community Participation and Mental Illness

Courses and Programs in the Faculty of Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Bachelor of Health Sciences

The courses are offered in the Bachelor of Health Sciences program, and may be available to students in other programs.

  • Global and Population Health Learning Track
  • GLPH 171 - Social and Physical Determinants of Health and Disease
  • GLPH 271 – Global and Population Health
  • GLPH 281 - Racism and Health in Canada
  • GLPH 471 – Advanced Global and Population Health
  • GLPH 485 - Global Application of Health Informatics
  • GLPH 487 - One World, One Health: The Global Link Between Human, Animal, and Environmental Health
  • GLPH 488 - Global Oncology: Cancer Care, Policy, Research, and Education (NEW!)
  • GLPH 493 - Global Health Practice
  • BMED 483 – Advanced Topics in Infectious Disease


Upper Year Bachelor of Health Sciences at Bader College 

  • Third-year fall term at Herstmonceux Castle in the UK
  • Open to Non-Queen’s Students

Graduate - Master of Public Health

This course is available to Master of Public Health students, and may be available to graduate students in other programs.

  • EPID 829 – Foundations of Global Health

Undergraduate Medical Education

Postgraduate Medical Education