Minor in Global Health Technologies

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in Global Health Technologies

Upon completing the minor in Global Health Technologies, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to prototype and build appropriate technologies that respond to global health design challenges or problems, and/or develop a community health plan or strategy to address these challenges. They will conduct independent research and design—from developing a research question and completing a literature review, to analyzing and interpreting data—to demonstrate the effectiveness of their proposed solution.
  2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the issue of human health, disease, and health care planning from Natural Science, Humanities, and Social Sciences perspectives.
  3. Understand the basic elements of human health and disease from evolutionary, biological, and epidemiological perspectives.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking and analysis skills within the realm of global health and its related disciplines, including the ability to critically and responsibly synthesize materials and methods from a range of disciplines to address global health problems or questions.
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of how health and disease are, in part, social and cultural constructs; students will be able to explain how different populations of individuals within the same geographic locale or in very different geographic locales may understand health and disease differently. They will also demonstrate the ability to assess and explain how different kinds of health planning, delivery systems, institutions, and health products would be more or less effective for different populations.
  6. Communicate effectively at the college level by demonstrating the ability to write research papers, literature reviews, and other scholarly papers and by being able to verbally present this information effectively and correctly.

Requirements for the Minor in Global Health Technologies

Students pursuing the minor Global Health Technologies must complete:

  • A minimum of 7 courses (21 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor (or official certifier).  Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in Global Health Technologies 21

Minor Requirements

Core Requirements 1
GLHT 201INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH3
GLHT 360 / BIOE 360APPROPRIATE DESIGN FOR GLOBAL HEALTH3
GLHT 451GLOBAL HEALTH DESIGN CHALLENGES I 23
GLHT 452GLOBAL HEALTH DESIGN CHALLENGES II 23
Select 1 from the following:3
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
SUSTAINABLE WATER PURIFICATION FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD
NEEDS FINDING AND DEVELOPMENT IN BIOENGINEERING
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN FACTORS AND ERGONOMICS
MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
RESEARCH METHODS
Elective Requirements
Select 1 elective course from Science/Engineering Electives (see course list below).3
Select 1 elective course from Humanities/Social Science Electives (see course list below).3
Total Credit Hours21

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Elective Requirements

To fulfill the remaining Global Health Technologies minor requirements, students must complete a total of 2 additional electives courses (6 credit hours) as listed below.

Science/Engineering Electives
Select 1 from the following:3-4
MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY
IMMUNOLOGY
MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF MEDICINE
VIRUSES AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES
CANCER BIOLOGY
TROUBLESHOOTING WORKSHOP FOR CLINICALLY-RELEVANT BIOMEDICAL EQUIPMENT
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
MOBILE DEVICE APPLICATIONS PROJECT
SUSTAINABLE WATER PURIFICATION FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD
GLOBAL HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
GLHT RESEARCH PAPER WRITING AND SUBMISSION
SEMINAR IN TROPICAL MEDICINE
ELEMENTARY APPLIED STATISTICS
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS FOR BIOSCIENCES
Humanities/Social Science Electives
Select 1 from the following:3-4
MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANTHROPOLOGY OF RACE, ETHNICITY AND HEALTH
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
HEALTH ECONOMICS
PUBLIC ECONOMICS
THE AMERICAN WEST/AMERICAS
MEDICINE AND MEDIA
MEDICAL MEDIA ARTS LAB
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY HEALTH
FOUNDATIONS OF HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION
EPIDEMIOLOGY
THEORIES AND MODELS OF HEALTH BEHAVIOR
PLANNING AND EVALUATION OF HEALTH PROMOTION AND EDUCATION
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY: NORTH, WEST, AND CENTRAL AFRICA: EARLY TIMES TO PRESENT
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN HISTORY: EAST, CENTRAL, AND SOUTHERN AFRICA, EARLY TIMES TO PRESENT
HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN FACTORS AND ERGONOMICS
METHODS IN HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION
ADVANCED TOPICS
RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AFRICA
DEMOGRAPHY
MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY
POVERTY, JUSTICE, AND HUMAN CAPABILITIES
RESEARCH METHODS
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN GLOBAL AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
BASIC DEMOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES
GENDER AND HEALTH

Policies for the Minor in Global Health Technologies

Admission

Courses with the GLHT subject code are open to all Rice students, including those not pursing the GLHT minor, with the exception of GLHT 360 and the capstone course GLHT 451/GLHT 452. While GLHT 451/GLHT 452 senior capstone is restricted to students completing the GLHT minor, for GLHT 360, students are required to submit a 250-word statement explaining their interests in and reasons for taking the course to beyondtraditionalborders@rice.edu to gain special permission from the instructor to register for the course. Preferential admission to GLHT 360 will be given to students who formally declared or state their intention to pursue the GLHT minor.  For information on the declaration of minor process for the GLHT minor, please visit this website

There is no requirement to initiate or declare the GLHT minor in the freshman year. It can be formally declared as late as the junior year (beginning of the fifth semester). It will be possible for students to receive credit for GLHT minor courses that also fulfill a requirement within their major.

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in Global Health Technologies should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines 

Students pursuing the minor in Global Health Technologies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

For additional information, please see the Global Health Technologies website: 
http://www.rice360.rice.edu/glht-minor. 

Opportunities for the Minor in Global Health Technologies

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Departmental Internships and Competition

Rice 360° Global Health Summer Internship Program

The Rice 360° Global Health Technologies Summer Internship Program gives Rice University undergraduate students - both science and non-science majors - first-hand exposure to health care in resource constrained settings. In partnership with clinics, schools, and organizations working in developing countries, the internships allow students to advance their solutions to a global health design challenge in a real-world setting. 

The summer internships are held in a number of national and international locations, exposing students to health care challenges and solutions in the developed and developing world. In the past, our students have visited Malawi, Brazil, and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas among other locations. During the internship, students are responsible for the implementation of a GLHT project and a site specific project, both of which are assigned to them. In addition, participants select a project of their choice and work on identifying and documenting five novel ideas or technology ideas at the site. 

Summer internships are fully funded experiences, covering the cost of your travel (airfare, visa, and traveler's insurance), immunizations, housing and a stipend for day to day living expenses (eg. food and local transportation). 

For more information visit: http://www.rice360.rice.edu/internships.

Global Health Technologies Design Competition

The Rice 360° Annual Undergraduate Global Health Technologies Design Competition is held each Spring at Rice University. It features over 20 student teams from national and international universities who present their low-cost global health technologies. Entries are judged on the quality of the problem definition, the effectiveness and potential impact of the design solution, and the likelihood that the solution can be successful in improving healthcare delivery in low-resource settings by faculty, clinicians, and private and public sector partners from around the country. 

Information on the application process and competition guidelines can be found here:
http://www.rice360.rice.edu/design-competition.