How do societies eradicate infectious diseases, from tuberculosis to polio to AIDS? Why are some economic and social groups more likely to get cancer, asthma, diabetes, and other diseases? How did the United States reduce the incidence of smoking and what can other societies learn from that success?
These and other questions are at the center of public health. Public health is a field geared toward serving others and improving people’s health and well-being. Public health seeks to improve human health through the development and application of knowledge that prevents disease, protects the public from harm, and promotes health throughout local communities, the state, the nation, and the world. The field of public health confronts complex health issues, such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious disease, and reducing environmental hazards, violence, substance abuse, and injury.
Through the Public Health Minor at Occidental College, students develop and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of the health of the human population, giving due consideration to principles of human rights and cultural perspectives that abound in our multicultural country and world. The minor, like the field itself, is interdisciplinary, including the natural sciences and the social sciences. Students will learn about the scientific aspects of disease as well as the political and policy issues involved in improving people’s health and well-being. The minor is jointly administered by the departments of Biology, Kinesiology and Urban & Environmental Policy (UEP), with course offerings from multiple departments.
Want to know more about Public Health?
This is Public Health a campiagn designed by Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) shares how public health affects us all on a daily basis. Cause and Effect describes public health in action through interviews with public health students and professionals who describe the passion that drives their work and the impact/effect they have on the world we live in.
Looking for community based learning opportunities?
Community based learning and research are relevant components of public health. There are many public health issues and challenges that cannot be fully understood without hands on experiences within affected communities. Occidental College public health students have many opportunities for internships, community based research, study abroad and other ways to engage and learn in the field.
Some good resources on campus include the Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (UEPI), the International Programs Office, and the Hameetman Career Center. Courses to consider include KINE 398 Community Health and Fitness Research and UEP 307 Public Health Practicum. During the summer students can also apply to Oxy's Summer Affordable Housing Internship and the Summer Public Health Internship. The list of programs (in alphabetical order) below are primarily offered in the summer and application deadlines vary from January to March.
The following video(s) share student experiences at several of the internship programs. Click directly on the image to play the video.
- Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH) (Application closed for 2017)
- Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) AmeriCorps VISTA program (Application open now for April 2017)
- Diversity Summer Internship Program for Undergraduates (DSIP) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Application open from 11/1/16 to 2/1/17)
- Global Health Corps Fellow (Application closed for 2017)
- Health Career Connection (HCC) Summer Internship (Application closed for 2017)
- Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health (Application open until 2/10/17)
- Occupational Health Internship Program (OHIP) (Application open until 2/17/17)
- Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (Application closed for 2017)
- Summer Internships in Biological Sciences in Public Health at Harvard University Chan School of Public Health (Application open until 2/15/17)
- Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) (Application open until 2/3/17)
- Summer Public Health Internship (SPHI) at Occidental College Urban & Environmental Policy Institute (Application open until 2/24/17)
- Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP) at Columbia University (Application open from 11/1/16 to 2/3/17)
- World Health Organization (WHO) Internship Programme
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