Public Health
Offered by the Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology departments.

The majors and minor in public health enables students to be effective change agents in our world by preparing them with the methodological and disciplinary focus that they will need to understand the social experience of disease and effect changes in population health. Both the major and minor prepare students professional graduate study in the fields of Public Health, Health focused Public Policy, Medical Anthropology and Sociology, Medical Humanities and related fields.

The Public Health Major draws from courses that provide students a background in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, emphasize the structural vulnerabilities to disease of domestic and global marginalized communities, and engage students in the application of knowledge in real-world contexts through research, internships and practicums.

As a liberal arts program, the Public Health Major engages students in developing a broad interdisciplinary palate that is grounded in the specific disciplinary traditions of three social sciences: Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology.

The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend. — Benjamin Disraeli



Michael Berg

Professor of Psychology; Co-Coordinator, Public Health Program

M. Teresa Celada

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Phoebe Chan

Associate Professor of Economics

Donna O. Kerner

Professor of Anthropology; William Isaac Cole Professor of Anthropology

Katherine Mason

Assistant Professor of Sociology/Women and Gender Studies

Robert L. Morris

Professor of Biology; William & Elsie Prentice Professorship (2015-2020)

M. Gabriela Torres

Professor and Chair of Anthropology; Co-Coordinator, Public Health Program


Prabha Regmi

2021, Psychology and Public Health

Porter Cleveland Fellowship

Caring Heart Home Health Agency, Columbus, OH

My internship this summer focused on providing extensive care to under-resourced patients who seek daily medical help through aides, skilled nurses, LPNs, RNs and case managers in their own homes. I worked with an online database, helped with patient outreach and interacted with patients.

William Gan

2021, Biology, Public Health (minor)

Martha Van Cott Singdahlsen '57 Wheaton Fund Career Exploration Fund

Columbia University Irving Medical Center NERA MedPrep Scholars Program, New York, NY

I was routinely exposed to various aspects of the medical field and learned about each of the specialties, meeting with both resident doctors and attending physicians. I also was enrolled in higher-level academic coursework in biostatistics, biochemistry and narrative medicine.

Brianna O'Rourke

2020, Sociology and Public Health

Helen C. Powell '65 Crossroads Fellowship

Tides Family Services, Providence, RI

Working at Tides showed me the importance of seeing everyone’s potential. I gained communication, organization and documentation skills and learned how to maintain a professional relationship while showing empathy, have a good work ethic and work as a team.