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This nationally recognized* undergraduate program provides a unique and challenging educational experience for students who wish to combine an interdisciplinary liberal arts education with a specialty focus on public health. The major provides conceptual foundations and empirical bases for analyzing the interplay between science, society, and health, and prepares students for a variety of public health careers. There are two tracks in the major (Social Analysis track and Biological Sciences track) and students choose one track but share a common core curriculum. The minor allows pre-med students and other health professions students an opportunity to augment their specialty education with this broad perspective.
There is a rising demand for public health professionals, due to increased global concerns regarding infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, food and water safety, sanitation, and environmental health issues. Public health professionals have excellent employment prospects, as researchers, community health workers, and health program managers.
Majors will complete a core consisting of nine courses plus five track-specific courses spread out across their four years. The suggested sequence for core courses is:
Majors select one of two tracks to add to the core:
(A) Biology Track
Students must choose one additional course from the biology list:
Biology Track Electives
(B) Social Analysis Track
Students must choose three additional courses from the social analysis list:
Social Analysis Track Electives
This all-College independent learning requirement (eight semester hours) will be met through courses in the Biology or Sociology Departments, usually in the senior year. In the Biology Department it will be met through BIOL 350 Independent Laboratory Research or BIOL 370 Internship. In the Sociology Department, it will be met through SOCI 350 Independent Study, SOCI 355 Thesis, SOCI 370 Internship, or SOCI 380 Fieldwork. All students will be required to submit a thesis and make an oral presentation of their work at an approved internal or external symposium. Arrangements for satisfying the independent learning requirement must be made with the student's public health advisor before the end of the junior year.
Minor in Public Health
The minor consists of the following five courses:
For further information about the program in Public Health, contact either Professor Leiter for the Sociology track (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Scott for the Biology track (email@example.com). Students planning to attend medical, dental, or veterinary school should contact Bruce Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org), as early as possible to be sure to incorporate the courses required for admission to these professional schools.
Students will be encouraged to attend open lectures in Public Health in Boston. In addition, courses developed at Simmons will integrate guest speakers from the pool of expertise in the area.