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.
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.
For additional opportunities, visit the study abroad webpage.
Opportunities & Internships
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major & Career Exploration
Graduate & Professional School