You're logged in as |

Public Health

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.

The undergraduate component to the five-year AB/MPH differs in some ways from the Public Health concentration. Please refer to Meet early with a concentration adviser to discuss your plans. 

1. Core Courses: (non-substitutable; 4 required for honors, 5 for non-honors)
PHP 0310Health Care in the United States1
This course is best taken as a freshman or sophomore.
PHP 0320Introduction to Public Health1
This course is a prerequisite to the Fundamentals of Epidemiology (PHP 0850) and is best taken as a freshman or sophomore.
PHP 0850Fundamentals of Epidemiology1
This course is best taken by end of junior year before PHP 1910, Senior Seminar.
PHP 1501Essentials of Data Analysis1
This course is best taken by end of junior year before PHP 1910, Senior Seminar.
PHP 1910Public Health Senior Seminar1
This course, which is required for all non-honors students and optional for honors students, is taken as a senior. PHP 0320 and PHP 0310 are required prior to course.
2. Environmental Health and Policy (Select one of the following):1
World of Food: Personal to Global Perspectives on Nutrition, Agriculture and Policy
Current Topics in Environmental Health
PHP 1710
Climate Change and Human Health
Environmental Health and Disease
Environmental Law and Policy
3. Health, Health Care Systems and Policy (Select one of the following):1
The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
Comparative Health Care Systems
Global Health Nutrition
Emergency Medical Systems: An Anatomy of Critical Performance
Case Studies in Public Health: The Role of Governments, Communities and Professions
Health Economics
Health Policy Challenges
4. Social and Behavioral Science for Prevention (Select one of the following):1
Doctors and Patients- Clinical Communication in Medicine
HIV/AIDS in Africa: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Support HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
Alcohol Use and Misuse
Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences and Countermeasures
Principles of Health Behavior and Health Promotion Interventions
Meditation, Mindfulness and Health
Social Determinants of Health
Behavioral and Social Science Theory for Health Promotion
Public Health Issues in LGBT Populations
Politics of Food
5. Approved General Electives (Select four electives; no more than two (2) can be Human Biology/Physiology courses):4
The four electives may be selected from: A. the approved courses from the areas listed above or B. the approved general electives listed below. Note that ANY PHP course can be counted as a general elective.
Health of Hispaniola
Pain and the Human Condition: Exploring the Science, Medicine, and Culture of Pain
Pathology to Power: Disability, Health and Community
Introduction to Conducting Clinical Research
The Epidemiology of Violence and its Consequences
Policy, Culture and Discourse that Shape Health and Access to Healthcare
Health and Healing in American History
Culture and Health
AIDS in Global Perspective
Bioethics and Culture
Anthropology of Addictions and Recovery
International Health: Anthropological Perspectives
Principles of Nutrition (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Nutrition for Fitness and Physical Activity
Conservation Medicine
The Biology of AIDS
Botanical Roots of Modern Medicine
The Foundation of Living Systems (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Genetics (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Principles of Immunology (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Principles of Physiology (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Diet and Chronic Disease
Controversies in Medicine (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Health Inequality in Historical Perspective
Social Contexts of Disease
Race, Difference and Biomedical Research: Historical Considerations
Nudge: How to Use Social Psychology to Create Social Change
Humans, Nature, and the Environment: Addressing Environmental Change in the 21st Century
Environmental Science in a Changing World
Environmental Stewardship and Resilience in Urban Systems
Native American Environmental Health Movements
International Perspectives on NGOs, Public Health, and Health Care Inequalities
The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience (Human Biology/Physiology course)
Nonprofit Organizations
Engaged Research Engaged Publics
Environment and Society
HIV/AIDS: Politics, Culture and Society
Unequal From Birth: Child Health From a Social Perspective
Inequalities and Health
Perceptions of Mental Illness
Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context
Aging and the Quality of Life
Human Needs and Social Services
Sociology of Medicine
Aging and Social Policy
Social Perspectives on HIV/AIDS
Military Health: The Quest for Healthy Violence
Total Credits12


An Honors track is available for students who qualify.  Honors track students are also required to enroll in PHP 1980 in both semesters of their senior year to conduct research and write the honors thesis.  Please visit for details or email Barbara Dailey for more information. 

Study Abroad/Study Away: Up to four courses taken elsewhere (study abroad or other transfer) may be applied to non-core courses (up to two per semester abroad). Meet with a concentration adviser to discuss; provide a syllabus for each course to be considered for transfer to your concentration plan.