The field of public health touches everyone and is by nature interdisciplinary, with important contributions made by anthropologists, sociologists, biologists, economists, statisticians, historians, physicians, and political scientists among many others. Public health differs from medicine in that it is involved in promoting good health within groups of people, whether small communities or entire countries. It may take the form of vaccination campaigns or managing epidemics on a global scale to providing nutritious food from local farms to communities and changing policies to promote healthy behaviors. At Carleton, several courses and civic and community engagement opportunities exist for exploring public health and gaining the skills required to analyze the complex issues surrounding health inequity.
The list below includes courses that may 1) be focused in their entirety on public or global health, 2) cover public health related topics through projects, community engagement, or modules, or 3) provide an important foundation for further study in the field, such as Statistics (MATH 215). Foreign language study also falls under this category, and may be particularly relevant for global public health and work with immigrant communities. Courses listed below may not be taught each year. Please see the ACE page to find courses related to public health with an academic civic engagement component (engaging with community).