Public Health is an interdisciplinary concentration through which students examine a variety of health 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:
All concentrators develop and execute a culminating project. Non-Honors students complete a capstone project as part of the required Senior Seminar course, PHP1910, taken in the Fall semester of the senior year. Students pursuing Honors write an Honors thesis, completed through two senior year semesters of PHP1980, Honors Thesis Preparation. Both PHP1910 and PHP1980 are WRIT-designated and, thus, can fulfill the second writing requirement for Public Health students.
Students apply for the Honors track at the end of junior year. To be eligible for Honors, students submit a thesis prospectus to the Honors Director by the first Friday in May (or November) of their sixth semester. The prospectus must be signed by the primary thesis advisor and must identify a secondary advisor; at least one advisor must be affiliated with a Public Health department. At the time of submission, students must be in good academic standing and demonstrate academic excellence by having achieved a balance of As over Bs in all graded courses taken to fulfill concentration requirements.
Approved honors candidates enroll in PHP1980 for a grade in both semesters of the senior year. They establish written expectations and a timeline for deliverables with their thesis advisor(s) and meet regularly throughout the year. Finally, they submit and orally present a thesis judged to be of superior quality by both faculty advisors. Honors students are expected to continue to demonstrate academic excellence as above (students can take up to two (2) courses S/NC).
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
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.