The water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the places in which we live and work, and the diseases we try to manage are all shaped by the science of public health.


The public health major is an interdisciplinary major that engages students with the diverse field of public health.  The major serves as a foundation for students interested in a broad range of public health careers, from biostatistics and epidemiology to health education and health policy to global and environmental health.  It also prepares students for graduate training in these fields or in related professional health careers such as medicine, nursing, or social work.  Students are strongly urged to do an internship as part of the major.

Careers in Public Health

  • Research epidemiologist
  • Health educator
  • Medical social worker
  • Policy advisor
  • Communications specialist
  • Federal environmentalist
  • Public health lawyer
  • Nutritionist

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Research global health in Hungary and learn how to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. Discover how to influence health care policies by doing an internship in Washington D.C. Partner with SafeWater Ghana and bring clean water to people at risk from poor water consumption.

Course Requirements 2013-14

Public Health major

  • ECON-241 Health Economics & Health Policy
  • PHIL-212 Ethical Dimensions of Health Care
  • PUBH-101 Introduction to Public Health
  • PUBH-248 Epidemiology
  • PUBH-295 Public Health Seminar
  • PUBH-395 Integrative Seminar in Public Health
  • one elective from:
    • HE-265 Basic Health Concepts
    • HE-266 Health Concepts: disease, Community & Environment
    • HE-307 Community Health
    • PSYC-335 Health Psychology
    • BIOL-364 Global Health, Environment, & Sustainability
    • ENST-210 Human Impacts on the Environment
    • IDIS-212 Global Health
  • one elective from:
  • one additional elective from above lists or an advisor-approved elective
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