The Global Health Emphasis (GHE) provides undergraduate students in biomedical and public health-related disciplines the opportunity to complete global health coursework and to participate in an international field internship in Uganda. Recent internship locations include local hospitals, clinics, child development centers, and public health organizations. GHE courses and internships allow students to cultivate applied knowledge, develop intentional relationships with local clinicians, and engage broader issues of aid, development, and medical missions.

Students will grow in their understanding of public health and interventional health by learning from and observing Ugandan professionals working in various health-related fields. Each student will have the option to focus in geriatric, pediatric, maternal/child, pharmaceutical, herbal medicine, or community health education internships. As students engage in their internships and are mentored by Ugandan and American faculty, they will gain valuable insight into the expanding  field of global health and grow in cross-cultural awareness, developing competencies that will help them work effectively with diverse populations around the world.

GHE students can apply to live on campus in the dorms at Uganda Christian University or with a local host family in Mukono. Learn more about living context here.


Course Requirements

All fall semester Global Health students take the August modular course, along with Faith & Action in the Ugandan Context, the Cross Cultural Practicum / Global Health Seminar, and at least one African Context Course. *Indicates Required Course

*Faith and Action in the Ugandan Context 4
*Infectious Disease & Epidemiology 4
*Cross Cultural Practicum/Global Health Seminar 4
One elective course (see below) 3-4
Modular Course  2
              Mental Health in Global Context (Fall 2019 only) or Advanced Issues in Nutrition (Spring semester May term)  
              $1500 additional fee for travel and credits  
Additional African Context Course, UCU Elective, or Language  3
Microbiology (with lab) 3-4
Human Nutrition 3


Elective Course Options:

African Core Context Course Electives (3 credits each):

  • African Literature
  • East African History from 1800 to Independence
  • East African Politics since Independence
  • Religions in Contemporary Uganda


  • Luganda I (3 credits)
  • Luganda I & II (6 credits)
    • These can be taken sequentially so that both fit in one semester
  • Kiswahili  I (3 credits)
  • Kiswahili I & II (6 credits)
    • These can be taken sequentially so that both fit in one semester

Uganda Christian University Courses (3 credits each):

  • Health and Wholeness
  • Understanding Ethics from a Christian Perspective
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Worldviews

Questions about the Global Health Emphasis?

Micah Hughes coordinates the Global Health Emphasis and practicum placements. For more information, contact him directly at [email protected].