The major in Public Health with a concentration in Global Health equips you with the tools necessary to study, research and practice ways to improve health outcomes for communities and populations. Our concentration in global health will allow you to apply these concepts to populations around the world.
A multidisciplinary program focus situates you at the intersections of public health, social science, and innovations in global health practice. These theoretical and practice-oriented underpinnings foster creative, evidence-based action to address the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health through the context of modern challenges and opportunities across societies.
The degree program emphasizes collaboration, critical thinking, and experiential learning. You will develop a unique set of skills with which to address health disparities and improve health and wellbeing in ways that are socially and culturally meaningful to communities in the United States and across the globe, “preparing students for life in a rapidly changing global society” in accordance with the mission and vision of Arcadia University.
Students interested in declaring public health as a major should meet with Dr. Comfort Olorunsaiye to discuss the program.
What to Expect
Public health issues explored from different perspectives
Coverage of the core disciplines of public health: epidemiology/biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, health care management and policy, and environmental health
Examination of global health analytic frameworks and methods to understand and address health inequities
Social work or activism
Government and non-profit sectors
Research fields of a medical and sociological or anthropological nature
Minor in Global Public Health
The minor in Global Public Health provides undergraduates with the opportunity to learn about public health principles from a global perspective.
Interested students should meet with their major advisers and with Dr. Comfort Olorunsaiye for the Global Public Health Minor.
Arcadia University’s B.S. and M.P.H. programs are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Study Abroad Opportunities for Public Health Majors
Public Health majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad for a variety of reasons, including directly experiencing societies being studied, making friendships and connections that can last a lifetime, and practicing foreign language skills. Above all, personal familiarity with foreign cultures is a mind-expanding experience that is becoming more important in our global economic environment and interconnected world today.
Public Health majors who plan to study abroad typically should do so during the summer semesters of Fall/Spring of sophomore or junior years only. Senior year involves the completion of a yearlong Capstone research project, which requires the student to be on Arcadia campus.
Students studying abroad typically do so for one semester. However, some students choose to study abroad for an entire academic year. (Please note: A one year study abroad experience may be more difficult because core courses must be taken at Arcadia; elective courses can be taken at another site.) Ideally, students should choose study abroad courses that fit directly into their academic interests, prospective senior research project ideas, and/or future career goals.
If studying a foreign language or expertise in a foreign language serves future career needs, students are advised to study in a country where that language is used. This is by far the best way to develop foreign language proficiency quickly.
Since it is important that students plan ahead for study abroad, they should consult with their adviser as soon as possible and make their intentions known to the Department Chair, Program Director and the Office of Global Engagement.