Majors and Minors

The major prepares students for graduate work in public health, as well as for employment in public health organizations and agencies. Students majoring in the humanities, social and natural sciences and mathematics are encouraged to use the public health minor as a way to explore their interest in a career in public health. Students wishing to major or minor in the program should consult early in their college careers with one of the public health advisors to plan a course of study.

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Public Health major from Agnes Scott College will have:

  • Critical understanding of historical and contemporary public health trends and approaches
    • Understands history of public health
    • Articulates current public health paradigms and approaches
  • Understanding of the subdisciplines of public health: epidemiology, statistics, social and behavioral sciences, global health, environmental health, health law and policy
    • Understands approach and scope of public health subdisciplines
    • Articulates points of intersection of subdisciplines
  • Recognition of the cross-cultural variation in views of health and the structures of health systems
    • Articulates and understands rationale behind WHO definition of health
    • Critically compares diverse definitions of health across cultures
    • Describes key models of health systems around the globe
  • Understanding of determinants of health, both biological and social, within a broad ecological framework and their impact on health outcomes
    • Understands biological determinants of disease for key global diseases
    • Articulates the concept of social determinants of health
    • Applies an ecological framework to investigating disease distribution
    • Applies critical theories and perspectives from the liberal arts to analyze public health issues (e.g. - biology, anthropology, sociology, economics, women’s studies, human rights)
  • Ability to explain and apply the intellectual and practical skills needed to design an intervention and develop a plan for evaluating an intervention
    • Conducts a literature review
    • Demonstrates digital literacy in obtaining information
    • Differentiates between types and sources of information with respect to quality, validity and reliability
    • Understands and implements principles of basic quantitative methods
    • Understands and implements principles of basic qualitative methods
    • Uses data to inform the design of creative interventions to address health problems
    • Identifies appropriate measures and methods for evaluating public health interventions

Requirements for the Public Health Major

52 hours: Core (28), electives (24). At least two elective courses at 300 level or above.

Core Courses for the major

  • PH-101 Survey of Public Health
  • PH-211 Principles of Epidemiology
  • PH-311 Global Health
  • PH-331 Environmental Health OR PH-332 Health Policy
  • BIO-110 Cell and Animal Biology OR BIO-111 Integrative Biology
  • PH-240 Medical Anthropology
  • MAT-115 Elementary Statistics OR PSY-206 Research Statistics

Electives

  • PH/ESS-202 Public and Environmental Health Communication
  • PH/WS-225 Topics in Women’s Health
  • PH-295 Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Public Health Problems (formerly PH-226)
  • PH-331 Environmental Health (if not taken to satisfy core)
  • PH-332 Health Policy (if not taken to satisfy core)
  • PH/CHE-335 Laboratory Techniques in Public Health
  • PH/ECO-345 Health Economics
  • PH-370 Public Health Internship Seminar
  • PH-375 Public Health Design and Evaluation
  • PH-395 Topics in Public Health
  • PH-450 Internship in Public Health
  • AS-170 African American Culture and Social Institutions
  • ANT-101 Cultural Anthropology or SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology
  • ANT/REL/AS-219 Trans-Atlantic Voodoo
  • ANT-301 Contemporary Cultures and Controversies in Latin America
  • ANT-340 Worlds of Culture: Global Ethnography
  • ANT-350 Anthropology of Violence
  • ANT-354 Human Culture in Anthropological Perspective
  • ANT-371 Women, Health and Society
  • ANT/REL/AS-380 Culture and Ethnography of Africa
  • ANT/SOC-390 Foundations of Social Research
  • ANT/SOC-391 Special Areas in Social Science Inquiry
  • BIO-111 Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • BIO-250 Foundations of Neuroscience I
  • BIO-260 Bioinformatics
  • BIO-270 Invertebrate Biology
  • BIO-301 Microbiology
  • BIO-315 Genetics
  • BIO-316 Molecular Biology
  • BIO-317 Immunology
  • BUS-202 Introduction to Organizational Management
  • BUS-211 Financial Accounting
  • BUS-212 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS-240 Business and Society
  • BUS-320 Nonprofit Organizations
  • CHE-150 Intro to Chemistry
  • CHE-240 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE-270 Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • CHE-280 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • CHE-350 Organic Chemistry III
  • ESS-101 Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • MAT-325 Mathematical Models and Applications
  • PHI-106 Medical Ethics
  • POL-313 Gender Politics
  • POL-329 Issues on Global Migration
  • PSY-202 Psychology of Sexual Behavior
  • PSY-205 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY-207 Research Design and Methods
  • PSY-312 Abnormal Psychology
  • REL-125 Introduction to Human Rights
  • REL/ANT-214 Anthropology of Religion: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol
  • SOC-230 Race, Class, Gender
  • SOC-325 Urban Lives
  • SPA-370 Topics in Latino Literature (when topic is Illness, Healing & Motherhood)

 

Requirements for the Public Health Minor

Minimum of seven courses including four core courses and three electives. At least one elective must focus on health, medicine or disease (Group B). At least one elective must be at the 300-level or above.

Group A: Core courses 

  • PH-101 Survey of Public Health
  • PH-211 Principles of Epidemiology
  • PH-311 Global Health
  • MAT-115 Elementary Statistics OR PSY-206 Research Statistics

Group B: Courses with a focus on health, medicine, or disease (choose at least one)

  • PH/ESS-202 Public and Environmental Health Communication
  • PH/WS-225 Topics in Women’s Health
  • PH-295 Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Public Health Problems (formerly PH-226)
  • PH/ANT-240 Medical Anthropology
  • PH-331 Environmental Health
  • PH-332 Health Policy
  • PH-375 Public Health Design and Evaluation
  • PH/CHE-335 Laboratory Techniques in Public Health
  • PH/ECO-345 Health Economics
  • PH-395 Topics in Public Health (may be repeated if topic is different)
  • PH-450 Internship in Public Health
  • ANT-371 Women, Health and Society
  • BIO-317 Immunology
  • PHI-106 Medical Ethics
  • PSY-202 Psychology of Sexual Behavior
  • PSY-205 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY-312 Abnormal Psychology
  • SPA-370 Topics in Latino Literature (when topic is Illness, Healing & Motherhood)

Group C: Electives

  • AS-170 African American Culture and Social Institutions
  • ANT-101 Cultural Anthropology or SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology
  • ANT/REL/AS-219 Trans-Atlantic Voodoo
  • ANT-301 Contemporary Cultures and Controversies in Latin America
  • ANT-340 Worlds of Culture: Global Ethnography
  • ANT-354 Human Culture in Anthropological Perspective
  • ANT/REL/AS-380 Culture and Ethnography of Africa
  • ANT/SOC-390 Foundations of Social Research
  • ANT/SOC-391 Special Areas in Social Science Inquiry
  • BIO-110 Cell and Animal Biology
  • BIO-111 Integrative Biology
  • BIO-250 Foundations of Neuroscience I
  • BIO-260 Bioinformatics
  • BIO-270 Invertebrate Biology
  • BIO-301 Microbiology
  • BIO-315 Genetics
  • BIO-316 Molecular Biology
  • BUS-202 Introduction to Organizational Management
  • BUS-211 Financial Accounting
  • BUS-212 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS-240 Business and Society
  • BUS-320 Nonprofit Organizations
  • CHE-150 Intro to Chemistry
  • CHE-240 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE-270 Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry
  • CHE-280 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • CHE-350 Organic Chemistry III
  • ESS-101 Introduction to Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  • MAT-325 Mathematical Models and Applications
  • POL-313 Gender Politics
  • POL-329 Issues on Global Migration
  • PSY-207 Research Design and Methods
  • REL-125 Introduction to Human Rights
  • REL/ANT-214 Anthropology of Religion: Myth, Ritual, and Symbol
  • SOC-230 Race, Class, and Gender
  • SOC-325 Urban Lives