Public Health is an interdisciplinary concentration through which students examine a variety of issues, including population health and disease, health policy, cross-cultural and international aspects of health, the organizational and social structures through which health services are delivered and received, and the public health system. Courses in the concentration allow students to explore the ways in which the social, political, behavioral and biological sciences contribute to the understanding of patterns of population distributions of health and disease. The concentration also provides students with courses in basic research methods and statistics necessary for problem solving and critical thinking in the emerging emphasis on evidence-based health care and public health.
Students in this concentration will:
- Identify, assess, understand and apply the current state of public health knowledge to public health concerns
- Identify the role of cultural, social and behavioral factors, among others, in determining disease expression, disease prevention, health promoting behavior and access to care
- Develop skills to organize and communicate information pertaining to a public health issue, including policy implications, priorities and recommended course of action
- Work collaboratively on an original project related to public health through the Senior Seminar Capstone, or for eligible students, an honors thesis.
Public Health concentration requirements for students in the class of 2016 and beyond are listed here.
Honors and CapstonesView Honors website
Honors candidates must write an Honors Thesis. To be eligible for Honors, students must complete eleven (11) required courses, nine (9) of which are graded, and must earn more A's than B's in those courses. The thesis must be judged to be of superior quality by both faculty advisors, and the student must deliver an oral presentation of the thesis. Students must take PHP1980 for a grade in both senior-year semesters.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Expand your reading skills
- Understand differences among cultures
- Engage with your community
- Experience scientific inquiry
- Work on your speaking and writing
- Embrace diversity
- Collaborate fully
- Behavioral and Social Science
- Departments in the Program in Biology
- Health Services, Policy and Practice
Director of Undergraduate Studies
The Public Health concentration is relevant for students with career interests in public health, disease prevention and health promotion, health policy and epidemiology, clinical health care delivery, health care administration, international health, and health law.
Dept. Undergraduate Group
- Sarah Eltinge
- Isabel Blalock
- Elizabeth Waisel