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.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Explore the breadth of population-level health issues and gain awareness into key theories and methodologies for understanding the distribution of disease, health, and wellness across populations, with an emphasis on vulnerable communities
  • 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.

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Dana Rubenstein, Meghana Tummala, Scarlett Bergam, Alexander Philips, Paige Martin, Claire Szapary, Marielle Rogoff

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2014 53  53  17 
2015 35  35  12 
2016 67  67  23 
2017 54  54  16 
2018 61  61  27 
2019 58 58 27

Alumni Pathways

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.

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Director of Undergraduate Studies: Mark Lurie