GCC 3003/5003


Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues

Complex global health problems can often only be addressed through approaches that go beyond traditional health science disciplines. Whether responding to emerging pandemics, food insecurity, maternal mortality, or civil society collapse during conflict, solutions often lie at the interface of animal, environmental, and human health.

In this course, students will examine the fundamental challenges to addressing complex global health problems in the world's poorest countries. Together, we will seek practical solutions at the nexus of human, animal, and ecological health. While there isn't a single "right" solution to grand challenges, progress can be made through an interdisciplinary perspective with emphasis on ethical and cultural sensitivity, and on understanding their complexities. This exploration will help students propose realistic actions that could be taken to resolve these issues.


What Students are Saying

“I realized what it means to work on a problem that matters, to feel passion for one’s work, and that it’s something you can’t stop working on when there is the potential to solve problems for real people in the world.”


Student Stories

Educowtion: Decreasing malnutrition and increasing school attendance through live cattle

abby knoble & maria soroka
Grand Challenge Curriculum interviewed Maria Soroka and Abby Knoble in September 2018 about Educowtion, their experiences piloting the program in Uganda, and the future of bringing live cattle into schools.

Student Spotlight: Felicia Wolf

felicia wolf
Felicia Wolf explains how GCC 3003/5003 reaffirmed her belief that undergraduate students can make a difference.

Student Spotlight: Jesse Abelson

jesse abelson
We interviewed Jesse Abelson about his experience in GCC 3003/5003 and how he found inspiration in the classroom.

Vetiver Solutions: A company striving to decrease malnutrition and poverty in Haiti using one little plant

vetiver group
Grand Challenge Curriculum sat down with Becca Desens, Elizabeth Alonzi, Dalton Schutte, and Jesse Abelson for an interview in November 2017, where they shared their journey developing Vetiver Solutions and their recent experience attending the Clinton Global Initiative University conference. (Leeore Levinstein, the fifth member of Vetiver Solutions, was regretably unable to join the interview.)

Course Details

Meeting Time: Fall 2018, Thursdays from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Location: East Bank 

Liberal Education Theme: Global Perspectives

Topics: Global, environmental, animal, and human health

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Must be a junior, senior, or graduate student

Professors: Cheryl RobertsonFred Rose, & Megan Voorhees