ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Public Health at Goucher?


Public health is a multidisciplinary field of study, which is constantly evolving to meet the needs of people around the world. The work of public health practitioners spans a wide range of activities including, but not limited to: increasing life expectancies, reducing infant and child mortality, eradicating or reducing many communicable diseases, improving safety in the workplace, insuring safer and healthier foods and influencing health policy and management. 

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


The goals of the public health minor are to help students become familiar with the multidisciplinary nature of public health work and increase their awareness of the opportunities available in the public health arena. This minor will also help students prepare for the core courses required by most master's programs in public health during the first year of graduate study.  Learn More

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


The work of public health professionals affects the lives of millions of people, compared to the one-on-one work of health care professionals in a clinical setting. The requirements for graduate level work in public health usually include work in the following areas: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, behavioral and community health, and health policy and management. Thus, the minor in public health requires courses from a variety of disciplines to educate and prepare students for study or work in the above areas.

Course Curriculum

Faculty

Major & Minor Program Contacts


Public Health Minor

Jennifer Bess, Ph.D.

Dara Friedman-Wheeler, Ph.D.

Faculty

Jennifer Bess, Ph.D.

Dara Friedman-Wheeler, Ph.D.

Janet Shope, Ph.D.

Study Abroad

Goucher has relationships with a number of study abroad programs which offer coursework in public health, such as:

Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
This institute offers a core course in Health Delivery and Prioritization in Northern Europe.  The program also offers a wide variety of electives. These opportunities are offered during the summer.

University of Glasgow
This university offers a Functional Anatomy course for Premed/Prehealth students along with a wide variety of related courses.

Public Health Courses Abroad (PDF)

For additional opportunities, visit the study abroad webpage.

Study Abroad

Opportunities & Internships

Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Baltimore Area Internships in Public Health (PDF)

Bioko Island Internship (PDF)

JHU Bloomberg School of Public Health Diversity Summer Internship Program

Unite for Sight 

University of Michigan Summer PH Program


University of Maryland School of Public Health Affiliation


Goucher College has an affiliation agreement with the University of Maryland School of Public Health here in Baltimore.  During the spring of their junior year, students can apply to take graduate level courses in the School of Public Health during the following summer or during their senior year. You may view more information on the University of Maryland Public Health Program website.

University of Maryland School of Public Health Articulation Agreement (PDF)

 

Volunteer Opportunities


Baltimore City Health Department

The Baltimore City Health Department is one of the most progressive in the country. Through the health department there are a number of opportunities for volunteering. The department sponsors a Harm Reduction Coalition to help with a variety of issues in the city.

Baltimore City Harm Reduction Web Site

The department also offers training in in naloxone treatment. http://dontdie.org/

International Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities available for international work. Please be aware that many of these volunteer sites will charge students a significant fee for volunteering. Please be sure to put together a realistic budget before signing up with a program.

Child Family Health International (CFHI)
CFHI is a non-profit organization that facilitates global health experiences for students. It has been in operation for over 20 years and sends 650 students abroad annually. They are partnered in five countries: Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico and South Africa. Contact: Rebecca Lubitz-Marchena 415-957-9000 x 304 or send an email to info@cfhi.org.

Student Employment


Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Goucher Recruit — an online site for job postings and job fair events.

Major & Career Exploration


Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search


A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School


Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.