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.