Concentration in Public Health
Clark's concentration (interdisciplinary minor) in public health offers a vibrant experience in exploring foundations of public health. Public health is inherently multidisciplinary, engaging aspects of epidemiology, statistics, medicine, microbiology, ecology, ethics, sociology, economics, law, politics, and others. Public health plays essential roles in preventing disease and promoting health in all cultures, and its importance is increasing with growing globalization.
Students have many opportunities to put principles learned in this concentration into practice in the campus and Worcester communities (e.g., actions taken to address mental health, lack of exercise, smoking, obesity, alcohol use, resistance to fluoridation of drinking water, spread of sexually transmitted diseases, vaccine-preventable diseases, etc.).
Reasons to consider a concentration in Public Health:
- Advances in public health practices have saved untold millions of lives and improved many millions more.
- Public health concerns apply to local and international communities. Disparities among vulnerable groups within any one society and between developed and non-developed countries present major challenges to providing adequate public health in all societies.
- Health care reform in the United States will result, among other things, in the upstreaming of society's efforts to prevent disease and improve health and well-being.
- A focus on public health has the potential to reduce health care expenditures by developing a more effective and efficient health care system.
- A concentration in public health nicely complements prerequisites for medical school and other health-related graduate programs.