About Global and Community Health

Program Overview

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Global and Community Health at UCSC aims at improving health and reducing health inequalities both locally and globally. We are dedicated to advancing health for all through a collaborative, interdisciplinary program that bridges between the sciences, social sciences, engineering, humanities and arts with shared commitments to health justice and the development of community partnerships.

Just as healthcare and public health are interdisciplinary endeavors, so is our Global and Community Health program. Faculty from across all five academic divisions teach and participate with us, and students in the B.A. and B.S. work together in interdisciplinary classes in the beginning, middle and end of their degree programs. Our goal is for GCH students to leave UCSC with a broad and sophisticated understanding of what health means for individuals, communities, nations and the planet.

Degree offerings

We offer B.A. and B.S. degrees in Global and Community Health, ideal for students interested in partnering with community members and translating research into action at local, national or global levels through such diverse pathways as medicine, health programs, advocacy, policy and health systems strengthening. 

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Our GCH Community

Learn about GCH’s interdisciplinary community of faculty and staff and don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Last modified: Dec 16, 2022