GCC 3003/5003


Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues

Often, the most progress on challenging issues such as health and equity is made when you apply an interdisciplinary perspective. The same is true for global health issues. Whether responding to emerging pandemics, food insecurity, maternal mortality, or civil society collapse during conflict, solutions often lie at the intersection of animal, environmental, and human health.

In this course, students will work in teams to examine the fundamental challenges to addressing complex global health problems in East Africa and East African refugee communities here in the Twin Cities. Together we will seek practical solutions that take culture, equity, and sustainability into account. In-field professionals and experts will be available to mentor each team, including professionals based in Uganda and Somalia. This exploration will help students propose realistic actions that could be taken to resolve these issues. This course will help students gain the understanding and skills necessary for beginning to develop solutions to global health 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
[September 2018] Grand Challenge Curriculum interviewed Maria Soroka and Abby Knoble 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 2020, 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 Robertson & Fred Rose