Global Health (Urbanism), PhD

The PhD program in global health draws on the premise that sustainable and satisfying solutions to the most pressing global health challenges require a sophisticated understanding of how cultural context, social and ecological processes, and disease are really related.

The transdisciplinary graduate program trains students broadly in cutting-edge health social science research theory and methods. While it leverages the strength in medical anthropology at ASU (including the 15 medical anthropologists on campus), it also takes advantage of a much wider set of skills offered by such fields as medical sociology, demography, human geography and epidemiology. It is designed to train those who anticipate working in transdisciplinary academic settings, medical schools or nonacademic health settings such as the commercial sector, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

Some particular thematic foci of the program are:

  • biocultural approaches to human coping
  • computer-based complexity modeling
  • culture and health
  • health in the Americas
  • indigenous and minority health
  • mathematical epidemiology
  • nutritional anthropology
  • social justice and vulnerable populations
  • social networks
  • urban and environmental health

The program draws some 80 faculty members from all across the university to consider how cutting-edge social science can be applied not only to understand, but also to substantively improve the health of populations. The program favors community-based research and runs collaborative projects in which students are encouraged to gain experience and conduct research into societies --- from large U.S. cities to hunter-gatherer communities. Students generally enter the program with a master's degree in a relevant field.

The concentration in urbanism will leverage the varied interests in urbanism and help emerging scholars as they attempt to compare, contrast and take stock of urbanism as it pertains to the thematic foci of the program. Working with faculty from across a range of departments and programs at ASU, doctoral students will be able to capture the creative tensions that scholarship on urbanism has inspired in order to stimulate a provocative, constructive kind of inquiry.

Degree Offered

Global Health (Urbanism), PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

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