Public Health Majors 

Change The World!

Public Health is an interdisciplinary major that offers a core program of study, and a selection  of concentration track in Biology , Government, or Sociology. Students in our courses study the health of communities and how it can be affected by community-based action. We study the burden of disease, the principles and history of public health and how to measure health, health in the context of human rights, how to measure and improve health systems, the influence of culture on health, and the organizational actors in local, national, and global public health. We draw on the science underlying health in human communities and examine the use of such knowledge in a political arena that is central to getting things done.

The mission of the Public Health major is to educate F&M students in public health from the perspective of the liberal arts, with particular attention to the analysis of public health problems from multiple perspectives and with tools from multiple disciplines and with emphasis on theory and history. Public health is linked to the formulation and implementation of public policy, thus connecting science and government at its core. Public health incorporates an international perspective. We encourage and guide students to ask broad questions of meaning, to challenge assumptions and structures, to ponder ethical questions, to evaluate the effectiveness of solutions to problems, and to develop a deep moral intelligence surrounding public health. The program offers  a common set of core courses for all students, and three concentration tracks.

 

 

Public Health Program curriculum effective December 1, 2019
The Pulse
Story 10/31/2019

An Inspirational Experience in Genetic Research

F&M junior Caroline Tippett, a public health and mathematics double major, found her inspiration in the nation’s premier genetics laboratories, working on the latest advancement tools with national...

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Story 7/22/2019

Caplan ’16 Earns Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

Franklin & Marshall alumnae Erin Caplan ’16 was among two dozen students recently named by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation to the inaugural class of Pennsylvania Teaching Fellows. 

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Story 5/3/2019

Biological Sex, Estrous Cycle and Drug Addiction

New research from Franklin & Marshall College shows that estrogen levels impact the intake of both cocaine and opioids. This finding is important to the investigation and treatment of drug addiction...

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