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The Public Health major at Regis College is an interdisciplinary program allowing students to concentrate in one of four areas: public health management (linking to the Regis master’s degree program in health administration), nutrition, women’s health, or biology.
Launched in 2012, the new major combines a liberal arts orientation with a world view of service -- a twin focus that is key to the Regis experience. Students majoring in Public Health must complete the courses listed below, in addition to the College’s required core courses as part of their major requirements. Students also have the option of pursuing a minor in Public Health.
Prerequisites for the Major
- Microbiology and Natural Sciences: Biological Perspectives
- Anatomy & Physiology I Lab and Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
- Statistics or Statistical Methods
Required for the Major
Introduction to Public Health
Public Health is the science of protecting the health of the community through organized and systematic efforts. These efforts can take the form of education, providing access to health care, and protecting the public from exposures that could cause them harm. This course examines the role of public health in the community, focusing on major health problems that have faced populations both historically and currently.
Introduction to Epidemiology
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinant of disease in populations. This course introduces the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and demonstrates their applicability in the field of public health. The course also provides an introduction to the basic skills needed to critically evaluate the epidemiologic literature relevant to public health professionals.
Introduction to Global Health
Global Health is the science of understanding the health of populations throughout the world, in an effort to understand contributing factors to health, with a focus on improving the health of the communities across the globe through organized and systematic efforts. This course examines the complex distribution of disease across the globe, examining the health of diverse communities. It focuses on major health problems, considering economic and social conditions contributing to disease burden, unique to developed and developing nations across the globe, from cholera to malnutrition to obesity.
Health and Society
Explores society’s impact on the public’s health with a focus on the social determinants of health. Readings and discussion center on understanding the theories, measurement and evidence related to specific social conditions and experiences such as: socioeconomic position, discrimination, social networks and support, work conditions, ecological level neighborhood and community social conditions and social and economic policies. Biological and psychological mechanisms by which social conditions influence health will be discussed.
Health and the Environment
Introduces issues and concepts in the field of environmental health, to provide an understanding of how environmental factors impact the health of individuals and the community. Explores efforts to prevent or minimize the negative impact of environmental toxins. Emphasis is placed on providing students with a general understanding of the health hazards resulting from exposure to physical, chemical and biological hazards; vectors for dissemination (water, soil, and air); solid and hazardous waste; susceptible populations; the scientific basis for policy development; and emerging global environmental health issues.
Public Health Policy and Advocacy
Provides a comprehensive introduction to the fields of health policy and health advocacy. Students gain an understanding of the current healthcare system and strategies used to advocate for the community -- through legislation, written pieces, media, coalitions, and community organizing. Course focuses on moving from identifying a health problem, to creating potential solutions, and then determining how to implement the program.
Public Health Internship/Seminar
Students gain practical experience in a public health setting, working in an area of public health that is of interest to them. This is a two-semester course.
Sociology of Health and Illness
Explores the role of culture in the experience of illness and the development of contemporary forms of health care, both clinical and alternative forms. The course explores challenging and provocative literature and research in the growing field of sociology of health that point to the critical role of culture in causation, experience, treatment, and healing of contemporary forms of illness and disability.
Public Health Electives
Current electives include courses in the departments of Health and Fitness, Political Science, Spanish, and Social Work.