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The introduction of a minor in Public Health in 2018 recognizes that Earlham has been engaged in this area of study for a number of years.

For the past three years, there has been robust programming during National Public Health Week organized by the Integrated Program in Health Science/Center for Global Health (IPHS/CGH). In addition to helping educate students about current issues in Public Health, IPHS/CGH has brought distinguished alumni to campus to show students how they could engage in this type of work.

The College also has multiple experiential opportunities for students interested in this area both during the academic year and in the summer. During the academic year, IPHS/CGH’s externship program has 2-3 placements per semester at Wayne County Health that work specifically on Public Health. For the past three years (as part of the Indiana Pathways grant), two students per summer have been placed in internships at the Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health.

With the implementation of EPIC Advantage, we anticipate placements in future years.

Last year, IPHS/CGH also implemented an international Health focused May program in Peru that includes a significant Public Health focus in partnership with the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). This year, a similar program is being run in Costa Rica/Nicaragua with FIMRC.

In May 2018, Sociology professor Kelly Szott will be leading an EPIC Advantage student/faculty collaborative research experience that incorporates a comparative analysis of urban and rural public health initiatives in Iceland, England and the United States.

This minor is administered by the Center for Global Health, and will help students who want to consider Public Health as a possible career. 


Our Faculty

Peter Blair
Professor of Biology; Co-Director, Center for Global Health and the Integrated Program in Health Sciences

Mike Deibel
Interim Dean of the Faculty; Professor of Chemistry; Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Cathryn Dickman
Director of Wellness Programs & Facility Operations

Lindsey McGee
Assistant Professor of Biology

Plan of Study

The Minor

Students minoring in Public Health must complete a total of 22-24 credits.

Core Courses

Students must complete the following courses totaling 12 credits:

  • BIOL 200 Epidemiology
  • EDUC 101 Public Health 101: Introduction to Population Health
  • SOAN 333 Medical Anthropology and Global Health
  • One of the following:
    • MATH 120 Elementary Statistics
    • MATH 300 Statistics
    • PSYC 245 Research Methods and Statistics
    • ECON 204 Statistics for Economics


Students must complete three of the following courses totaling 10-12 credits — at least one from each category:

  • Natural Science
    • BIO 111 Ecological Biology
    • BIO 112 Cells, Genes and Inheritance
    • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
  • Social and Cultural Studies
    • SOAN 118 Inequalities, Power and Society
    • SOAN 335 Health, Medicine and Society
    • SOAN 339 Topics in Sociology/Anthropology: Drugs and Health
    • PSYC 116 Behavior, Healthcare and Society
    • PSYC 368 Human Sexuality
    • PSYC 376 Health Psychology
    • PSYC 379 Community Psychology

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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