Public Health

Public health is about preventing disease, promoting health, and prolonging life among populations. Public health requires individuals who understand local, national, and international politics; the impact of the environment on health; socio-economic contexts; human biology; and personal behaviors.

Recognizing that public health education is a powerful and relevant way to shape the intellectual and civic capacities of undergraduate students, Albright’s public health program offers a co-major and a minor intended to provide students with a stepping stone to a variety of careers in government, nonprofit and private-sector work, and to advanced study in public policy, urban affairs, business, economics and law.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Interdisciplinary Combined Major in Public Health

The interdisciplinary combined major in public health is a liberal arts program in which students will gain a greater understanding of public health on local, national and global levels. The study of public health not only combines perspectives from the social sciences, sciences, mathematics and humanities, it also cultivates critical and analytical skills across disciplines, written and oral communication, teamwork ability, ethical reasoning, and civic knowledge and engagement. This major will benefit students who wish to pursue careers related to public health and the health sciences, law and policy, and other career paths that draw upon multidisciplinary approaches and critical engagement.  To study public health is to engage human biology, socio-economic contexts, personal choices and behaviors, environmental determinants, and political processes on local and global scales. 

Requirements

  • PUH 101 Introduction to Public Health
  • POL/SYN 330 Global Health
  • Statistics course from: BIO 200 Biometry, ECO 207 Business/Economics Statistics, MAT 110 Elementary Statistics, POL 207 Research Methods, PSY 200 Research I, or SOC 211 Statistics
  • PUH 310 Epidemiology
  • Public Health Internship
  • Public Health Capstone Experience
  • One or two additional Public Health courses (students completing an approved Statistics course within their other major must take a second course)
    • HIS 205 History of US Medicine/Public Health
    • HIS 206 History of Urban Public Health
    • POL 214 Public Policy
    • POL 218 Public Administration
    • BIO 234 Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIO 235 Anatomy & Physiology II
    • SOC 201 Social Problems
    • SOC 203 Human Services
    • SOC 262 Stratification
    • SOC 291 Environmental Sociology
    • PHI 260 Biomedical Ethics
    • LAS 299 Disease, Death and Society in Latin America 1850-1990
    • ESS 325 Geographical Information Systems
    • ANT 303 Food & Culture
    • PSY 206 Social Psychology
    • PSY 230 Human Development
    • REL 236 God and Doctors: Religion, Health and Medicine
    • PSY 290 Diversity Issues
    • PSY 390 Psychopathology
    • Comparative Health Systems
  • BIO 151 General Biology I: Structure & Function is recommended for the General Studies Foundations-Natural Science requirement.  Other Foundations-Natural Science courses are allowed

Public Health Minor

Requirements

  • PUH 101 Introduction to Public Health
  • POL/SYN 330 Global Health
  • Statistics course from: BIO 200 Biometry, ECO 207 Business/Economics Statistics, MAT 110 Elementary Statistics, POL 207 Research Methods, PSY 200 Research I, or SOC 211 Statistics
  • PUH 310 Epidemiology
  • Public Health Internship