The public health major is an interdisciplinary major that engages students with the diverse field of public health. The major serves as a foundation for students interested in a broad range of public health careers, from biostatistics and epidemiology to health education and health policy to global and environmental health. It also prepares students for graduate training in these fields or in related professional health careers such as medicine, nursing, or social work. Students are strongly urged to do an internship as part of the major.
The public health minor is intended for students who are following a disciplinary or professional major and who also have an interest in studying public health at local, national, and global levels. Because the study of health issues is truly interdisciplinary in scope, the public health minor is appropriate for students majoring in the humanities, the social sciences, or the natural sciences. While disciplinary or professional majors with health interests are encouraged to complete the entire minor, the public health courses also may be taken singly as electives to enrich a program of study.
The interdisciplinary public health major consists of 15 courses. Seven of these courses are required and four courses meet distribution requirements. An additional four advisor- approved and program-approved elective courses are intended to deepen student learning in a key area of public health.
The program co-directors are A. Hoogewerf (Biology) and S. Vander Linde (Economics). Advisors for the Public Health program are K. Alford (Social Work), A. Ayoola (Nursing), P. Bailey (Computer Science), C. Brandsen (Sociology), C. Feenstra (Nursing), M. Pelz (Political Science), and J. Yonker (Psychology).