Undergraduate Global Learning Semester in Global Health

Duke Kunshan University

Program Description

Undergraduate Global Learning Semester in Global Health

Duke Kunshan University


your undergraduate major by taking interdisciplinary courses in the following areas of study:

  • Global Health


a low student-to-faculty ratio in a close-knit community of international students and world-class faculty members.


easy access to Shanghai and Suzhou as you live and learn at the new Duke Kunshan University campus.


with diverse cultures through numerous co-curricular activities designed to develop cultural awareness, build camaraderie and elicit creativity.


from your semester at DKU as a global citizen better prepared for graduate school and your future career.


Spring 2015 (Courses under development and subject to change)

Global Health

Maternal and Child Health

This course provides a solid foundation in global perspectives on maternal and child health research, practice, and policy. The course utilizes case analysis to examine critical health challenges facing women, children, providers, and policymakers in some of the world's most vulnerable communities. Topics covered will include data and measurement, health system challenges, public health interventions and programs, and policy and advocacy. The course is designed for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Format is lectures, debates, group discussions, and reactions to weekly videos.

Medical Anthropology

This course is an examination of cross-cultural experiences and understanding of health and illness, the body, and non-biological aspects of medicine. Topics covered include: 1) culture-specific sickness (such as envidia, running amok, attention deficit disorder); 2) class, race, and gender inflected experiences of health, and 3) various societies' organization of health care specialists, including biomedical doctors, voudon priestesses, and shamans. Class format includes lectures, group problem-solving, class discussions, and field trips.

Non-Communicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

This course provides an overview of the recent (mid-20th century to the present) trends in non-communicable disease epidemiology and strategies for prevention and control of these diseases. The course focuses on four major disease categories as separate modules: cardiovascular, diabetic, oncologic, and pulmonary diseases. Assigned readings and classroom discussion provide students with a firm understanding of the shifting disease burden, stakeholders, and interventions to address non-communicable disease in low- and middle-income countries. Case studies are used to highlight selected geographic differences. The course is designed for the Master of Science in Global Health but is also open to advanced undergraduate students.


The Duke Kunshan University Global Learning Semester courses are designed to cross traditional boundaries of knowledge while remaining based in the finest scholarship in the liberal arts disciplines.

Program Timeframe

Undergraduate students currently enrolled at universities in China and around the world can attend the DKU Global Learning Semester during the fall or spring semester, generally during their second or third year of college. The fall Global Learning Semester begins in August and goes through mid-December. The spring Global Learning Semester begins in February or March (depending on the dates of Chinese New Year) and goes through mid-June.

The DKU Global Learning Semester is divided into two 7-week sessions, and students have the option to select four intensive for-credit classes per semester according to their personal interests and course requirements at their home institutions.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 14, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
14 - 14 weeks
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
China Kunshan
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 14 - 14 weeks
Price Request Info