Community Health is an interdisciplinary concentration through which students examine a variety of 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:
Honors candidates must write an Honors Thesis. To be eligible for Honors, students must complete twelve (12) required courses, ten (10) of which are graded, and must earn more A's than B's in those courses. The thesis must be judged to be of superior quality by both faculty advisors, and the student must deliver an oral presentation of the thesis. Students must take PHP1970 for a grade in both senior-year semesters. Honors in the Computational program is handled via the Biology Honors process, with application and details described here.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
The Community 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.