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Preparing you

A degree in public health at Calvin will equip you to go directly into the workforce—or, to take the next step with a graduate degree. Upon graduation from Calvin, you’ll be able to:

  • Apply biostatistical skills to address population-wide needs.
  • Assess how biological, psychological, social and cultural factors impact disease production and health promotion. Then, think through how to minimize and prevent that disease.
  • Understand public health from a global perspective in developing countries.

Intentionally Interdisciplinary

Calvin has intentionally designed the public health major to encourage creative and flexible interactions with other disciplines and professions. Considering a career as a lawyer or policy advisor? Combine the public health major with a minor in political science or communications. The opportunities for linking public health to other academic disciplines are diverse—ranging from sociology, biology and political science to math, international development and health education, to name a few options. Such versatility allows you to blend your passions and interests in meaningful ways as you prepare for life after Calvin.

Extraordinary Faculty

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the public health major, faculty members across a variety of academic programs will teach your classes, lead projects and serve as advisors. As committed Christians, they take time in courses, advising appointments and research partnerships to connect with you personally and professionally, helping you to discover God’s plan for your life.

Opportunities to Study Abroad

Put your public health knowledge to work in the real world by participating in an off-campus interim or semester.

  • 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, DC.
  • Partner with SafeWater Ghana and bring clean water to people at risk from poor water consumption.

Facilities and equipment

As a public health student at Calvin, you will have access to extensive facilities and cutting-edge technology for study and research, including:

  • A fully-equipped electroencephalograph (EEG) lab for measuring brain waves.
  • A human performance laboratory housing equipment such as treadmills, stationary bikes, ergometers and computers to analyze body composition.
  • Aquariums, two greenhouses, 10 state-of-the-art research labs, 11 teaching labs, a DNA sequencer and a flow cytometer.