Global disease biology allows students to study disease and its relationship to the health of people, animals, plants and the environment in a global context. The program uses an interdisciplinary approach to advance understanding of diseases, societal and personal impacts, and the science behind discoveries, causes, evolution, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Students interested in the health sciences will integrate concepts from multiple disciplines to learn how to solve global disease and health challenges using innovative approaches.
Two Interesting Courses
GDB 101 Epidemiology
Principles and practice of epidemiology as applied to human, animal, and plant populations and the environment in which these populations co-exist. Quantitative analysis of both infectious and non-infectious disease. Inter-dependence between epidemiological analysis, decision-making and policy formulation will be highlighted.
GDB 102 Disease Intervention & Policy
Examination of the prevention and treatment of diseases affecting humans, animals, and plants. Case studies illustrate the merits of a unified approach to promoting health at local, regional, and global scales.
Five Possible Complementary Majors/Minors at UC Davis
Unique Opportunities within the Major/Minor
The Latinx Health Internship Program in Oaxaca, Mexico is the recommended study abroad opportunity for students in the Global Disease Biology program. All students enrolled in the major are required to complete a practicum, and the department features students in its Practicum Pods podcast series.
Sample Similar Programs
- Indiana University Bloomington: Biology Major, Biology of Disease Concentration
- Purdue University: [Biology] Health and Disease Major
- University of Pennsylvania: Biology Major, Mechanisms of Disease Concentration