The public health minor at Earlham offers robust programming and coursework to those who plan to pursue a career related to public health. Supported by the Earlham Center for Global Health, the public health minor includes opportunities for you to shadow health professionals and conduct health-related research and projects around the globe.
Drawing on courses from across the curriculum, the public health minor will help you gain a broad perspective of public health challenges and potential solutions. You’ll take courses in economics, psychology and biology, among other disciplines.
Electives (10-12 credit hours; at least one from each category)
Students who earn a minor in public health may enter careers as community educators, non-profit administrators and more. Students who wish to enter into research or medical practice in the healthcare industry will need to pursue advanced degrees in their desired field. Speak with an advisor to discuss options.
100% of our 2021 minor graduates had at least one community-based internship or research experience focused in public health during their Earlham undergraduate career.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment of health educators and community health workers is expected to grow 13% by 2029. This represents one of the most accelerated rates of all career outcomes.
In the past three years, Earlham students have been accepted into public health graduate programs at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, the UCLA Fielding School, Drexel University, Colombia University, University of Washington, Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania.
What kind of research experience and internships are available?
Students who minor in public health are interested in pursuing a health-related career and/or applying their knowledge to improve health access to all people. Healthcare administration, policy and research are common career interests of public health minors. The Center for Global Health provides numerous public health experiential and research opportunities through our virtual and on-site externship program.
You can learn more about the available internships and off-campus study opportunities through the Center for Global and Career Education.
What types of jobs and graduate school programs do graduates pursue?
Those who minor in public health are typically interested in pursuing a health-related career or advanced degree in public health. Healthcare administration, policy and research are common career interests of public health minors.
In the past three years, Earlham students have been accepted into Public Health graduate programs at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, Brown University, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, the UCLA Fielding School, Drexel University, Colombia University, University of Washington, Boston University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Additionally, any Earlham student who completes the public health minor and maintains a 3.2 GPA is granted automatic acceptance into the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (IUPUI) graduate program.