Global Health Scholars Program
Olin-Rice Science Center Room 221
Fishing buildings in Uganda.

Fishing operation in Uganda

The Global Health Scholars Program is a natural manifestation of the core strengths and mission of the college. This program enables students to test and temper their formal training in a variety of disciplines against the realities they encounter beyond the classroom. This program complements Macalester’s interdisciplinary program in Community and Global Health, which attracts students from diverse disciplines including anthropology, biology, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, political science, and psychology.

Because so many disciplines and opportunities converge within global health, authentic immersive experiences are indispensable. Only through immersion do students learn to function at the intersections where knowledge meets practice, where science meets culture, and where health intersects policymaking. The Global Health Scholars Program consists of a course (Projects in Global Health) followed by a study trip to a region of focus (Uganda, May 2014).

The initial focus of the program on East Africa is supported by the fact that fourteen Macalester faculty members teach courses and produce scholarship on Africa. These faculty members comprise the African Studies Program and are trained in a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, community and global health, economics, English, French and francophone studies, geography, history, human rights and humanitarianism, international studies, music, political science, and sociology. Over a dozen more faculty members in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities regularly incorporate African content in their teaching and scholarship.