Social Welfare, Health, and Poverty

The goal of the domain emphasis in Social Welfare, Health, and Poverty is to expose students to questions, data structures, and methodology related to research in the subject-matter areas of social welfare, health, and poverty.  This includes the formulation of meaningful research questions, the development of sound study designs, data collection, exploratory data analysis, the application of pertinent statistical and computational methods, and the interpretation and validation of results.

From the lists shown below, students will select one course from the lower-division, and two courses from the upper-division. The lower division course is a required element of the Domain Emphasis.


Courses in this domain emphasis are often restricted by major to enroll during Fall or Spring semesters. It may be difficult to complete this emphasis given these restrictions. Some of the courses (in Public Health particularly) may be offered during Summer without these enrollment restrictions. Students are advised to make appropriate alternate plans.

Prerequisites shown within square brackets.

Lower Division  (select one)

  • DATA 4AC. Data and Justice (4 units)

  • SOCIOL 1. Introduction to Sociology (4 units)

  • SOCIOL 3AC. Principles of Sociology: American Cultures (4 units)

Upper Division (select two)

  • ENVECON 153. Population, Environment, and Development (3 units) [ENVECON 100 or ECON 100A or 101A; DATA C8; MATH 54 recommended]

  • GPP 105. The Ethics, Methods, and Pragmatics of Global Practice (4 units)

  • GPP 115. Global Poverty: Challenges and Hopes in the New Millennium (4 units)

  • GLOBAL 102. Critical Thinking in Global Studies (4 units)

  • GWS 130AC. Gender, Race, Nation, and Health (4 units)

  • PB HLTH 112. Global Health: A Multidisciplinary Examination (4 units) 

  • PB HLTH 126. Health Economics and Public Policy (3 units)

  • PB HLTH 150D. Introduction to Health Policy and Management (3 units)

  • PB HLTH 150E. Introduction to Community Health and Human Development (3 units)

  • PB HLTH/SOCIOL C155. Sociology of Health and Medicine (4 units)  [SOCIOL 1 or 3]

  • PB HLTH C160 / ESPM C167. Environmental Health and Development (4 units)

  • PB HLTH 181. Poverty and Population (3 units)

  • POLECON 111. Poverty and Social Policy (3 units)

  • SOCIOL 115G. Global Health and Social Justice (4 units) [SOCIOL 1 or 3]

  • SOCIOL 127. Development and Globalization (4 units) [SOCIOL 1 or 3]

  • SOC WEL 112. Social Welfare Policy (3 units)

These course lists are subject to change.