Learning Outcomes

Drawing from Calvin’s mission, building on Calvin’s core and liberal arts program, and mindful of the curricular findings noted above, students who graduate with a public health major should be able to do the following:

  1. Summarize critical ideas and concepts in the broad, interdisciplinary field of public health, including core functions and goals, the history of public health, a population health perspective, and key areas of inquiry.
  2. Apply entry-level biostatistical skills to define and address population-wide needs and concerns of vulnerable populations.
  3. Integrate the principles of epidemiology with related health and health impairments, including the rates and distribution of disease, the meaning of causation, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions.
  4. Assess the ways in which biological, psychological, and social/cultural perspectives and factors interact with and impact disease production and health promotion across the lifespan.
  5. Apply biological, psychological and social/cultural perspectives to public health programs and interventions that eliminate, prevent, minimize, and control the impact of disease on health.
  6. Evaluate how social class, race, ethnicity, gender, age, geography, political and economic structures, and other variables affect disease burdens, health disparities, access to health services, and access to resources that promote health.
  7. From a global perspective, demonstrate an understanding of the burden of disease, social-economic determinants of health, the links between health and development, approaches to global cooperation to monitor and promote health, and international structures that respond to and fund global health initiatives.
  8. From a national perspective, summarize the current U.S. public health and health care delivery systems, including the structures for and approaches to development of health policies, current policy debates, and models for analyzing health policy.
  9. Apply economic perspectives and principles that can be used to evaluate the historical and future direction of the U.S. health care system, the structure and future directions of prominent health care system models in other countries, including public health care systems in developing countries.
  10. Critique ethical theories and be able to apply these to ethical dilemmas that arise in public health research, settings, programs, and interventions.
  11. Discern a range of Reformed Christian responses and practices to questions and tensions that present themselves when thinking broadly about health and the provision of public health services.