Public Health Studies
Andrea Conger, Holland Hall 424
Overview of the Concentration
Students pursuing a concentration in Public Health Studies develop an overview of the breadth of the fields comprising public health, a sense for its interdisciplinarity, and skills for interpreting and contextualizing public health research findings. Students practice communicating the social, humanist, and biological complexities of public health across cultural, political and disciplinary boundaries. Special attention is given to understanding diverse populations and their unique circumstances domestically and globally. Completion of the public health studies concentration promotes a lifetime of informed civic engagement relevant to public health.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Do with Public Health Studies?
The Public Health Studies Concentration is designed to provide students a broad background in public health that can be explored across the curriculum. We are interested in giving people tools to improve health and well-being through direct care, informing the public, education which is huge, people who want to shape policy and the future of humans on this planet. We invite scientists, poets, social thinkers, writers, pre-health and the computationally inclined, entrepreneurs, organizers and activists, historians, artists, physical trainers and athletes. Anyone who is interested in social well-being, health care delivery directly – as the context of the populations served is an important context, global affairs or international service of any kind - to consider the health capabilities and constraints in other countries or respond to disasters (Pakistan’s flooding, food limitations due to the war in Ukraine….etc.), and those who have a desire to prepare for a future we cannot yet even imagine. There is a place for you in public health.
How Do I Declare the Concentration?
Why a Concentration?
Requirements for the Concentration
|Choose one course from each of the following categories.|
|Fundamentals of Public Health 1||1.00|
|Peruvian Medical Experience (abroad)|
|Introduction to Public Health|
|Biological Basis of Health 1||1.00|
|Biological Science: Issues in Biology|
|The Biology of Women|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology: Organs and Organ Systems|
|Topics in Biology (When topic is Virology)|
|Nutrition and Wellness|
|Drugs, the Brain and Behavior|
|Social Science/Humanities Perspective of Health 1||1.00|
|Economics of Health Care|
|Public Affairs II: Contemporary Controversies|
|Research Methods and Data Tools 1||1.00|
|Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems|
|Mathematics of Biology|
|Research Methods in Psychology|
|Foundations of Social Science Research: Quantitative Methods|
|Ethnographic Research Methods|
|Principles of Statistics|
|Statistics for the Sciences|
|Intermediate Statistics for Social Science Research|
|Research Methods in Social Work|
|Liberal Arts Dialog in Public Health 1||1.00|
|Case Studies in Public Health|
Students can petition to have other courses count for any of the above categories.
These Off-Campus programs with a Public Health focus may meet one or more of the requirements listed above:
- Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights will meet either "Research Methods" or "Social Science & Humanities" through the Research Methods and Ethics course. Other courses may also be applied.
- Andean Field Studies in Ecuador offers a Research Methods course that will count. Depending on the student project, other credits may count as well.
- DIS-Public Health (Denmark) offers courses that cover "Fundamentals of Public Health" and the "Social Science/Humanities" requirements (e.g., Medical Ethics, Medical Anthropology, Health Delivery and Prioritization, Heath Economics & Policy in Europe).