9.29. Public Health

Programs offered:

Concentration in Public Health*

In many societies, health is considered a basic human right but, as a global community, we have yet to figure out how to guarantee health for all people.  The solution to this problem is confounded by issues including social disparity, financial inequality, political instability, bureaucratic impediments, sustainable technology, and funding for research and project implementation.  A cooperative and interdisciplinary approach is the norm in addressing issues of public health in the professional world. Oglethorpe’s Public Health concentration introduces students to the professional landscape associated with global public health and samples from a potential career trajectory that aligns with the interdisciplinary fluency, the collaborative sensibility and the foundational skill sets developed by students attending a liberal arts college. Upon completion of this program students will:

  • Acquire interdisciplinary knowledge about communication, human cultures and the physical and natural world as it relates to individual and population health.
  • Practice integrated and applied learning through synthesis of generalized and specialized studies
  • Develop a sense of personal and social responsibility for issues in public health that are anchored through interactions with current practitioners of Public Health and via active, hands-on involvement with real-world challenges, in internships and/or independent studies.
  • Explore a potential career path that is well-supported by a liberal arts education and develop a relevant network of mentors and professional contacts.

Concentration in Public Health (TU)

  1. Completion of one 4 or 5 credit hour elective from each of the following categories: Communication, STEM, Human Culture. A list of the eligible courses in each of the three Public Health elective categories appears at http://publichealth.oglethorpe.edu/courses/elective-categories/. Students should note that this list is subject to change on an annual basis as courses are added and removed from the Bulletin.
  2. Completion of all the following courses:

PBH 201              Perspectives in Public Health
PBH 301               Public Health Workshop
PBH 302               Public Health in Practice

  1. Additional requirements and things to note:
  1. The Public Health concentration is designed to complement students’ foundational work in their majors and thus the course work is intended to be most relevant for veteran students who have committed to a course of study in our traditional academic curriculum. Students may start accruing Public Health electives at any time during their tenure at Oglethorpe, but their official entry into the program must be formalized via application to the Public Health program coordinator. Applications will only be accepted from students have junior year standing or above.  Application deadlines will be announced several weeks in advance of registration week in both the fall and the spring semesters. Exceptions to the application deadline can be made under extenuating circumstances (g., transfer and international student complexities) in consultation with the program coordinator and the registrar.
  2. Occasional special topics or advanced special topics offerings may also satisfy an elective requirement in the Public Health concentration with the pre-approval of both the Public Health program coordinator and the department offering of the course.
  3. Students registering for a course that serves as a relevant Public Health elective must comply with all course pre-requisites as stipulated in the Bulletin.
  4. Courses taken in fulfillment of a major or a minor can also be applied equally towards the Public Health concentration.
  5. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses contributing to the concentration.

*Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). See Sec. 2.5. and Sec. 3.2.