Major and Minor

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