The Public Health major, part of the School of Health Professions, prepares students to work in the public and private sectors to serve and protect the health of others. The Public Health major at Colby-Sawyer prepares graduates to practice within the U.S. public health system and confront complex health issues. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students study dimensions of population health, health disparities, vulnerable populations and other current public health concerns. Classroom, laboratory, internship and research experiences provide graduates with the knowledge and practical skills to work within the public health system as well as pursue graduate education in public health.
This major provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts and focuses on the study of public health as an interdisciplinary specialty area within the health care system. Population health, health disparities, vulnerable populations and other current public health concerns are covered extensively. This course of study integrates classroom, laboratory, internship and research experiences that provide students with the necessary disciplinary knowledge and practical skills to practice within the public health system and/or pursue graduate education in public health.
Several academic departments collaborate to provide rich and diverse course offerings such as epidemiology; sociology of aging; personal health and wellness; mental health systems in the United States; sustainability and statistics.
All students complete internships in public health settings, putting classroom knowledge into action.
Senior Capstone research projects allow for in-depth study in public health topics such as violence on college campuses, teen pregnancy, influenza vaccination of college-age students and the cholera epidemic in post-earthquake Haiti.