A focus on prevention, rather than treatment of disease distinguishes public health from clinical practice. This distinction can also help guide your selection of "pre-public health" coursework.
There is no one degree or set of coursework for pre-public health. If you want to go on to an MPH program, you should select the degree that best matches your interests (while accommodating as much as possible of the pre-public health relevant coursework below). Your undergraduate courses should be chosen to achieve: 1)a grounding in public health's core content areas; 2) preparation for rigorous graduate level coursework in research methods and data analysis; and 3)effective written communication skills.
Graduate programs in public health generally require coursework across five core content areas: Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Health Services/Policy, and Social/Behavioral Sciences. Many have additional specializations- for example, Global Health is a growing public health specialty. Binghamton University offers undergraduate courses that correspond directly with these content areas (list B), courses with content that intersects with multiple public health areas (list C), research methods and data analysis courses relevant to public health (list A), and general coursework in health and disease (list D). Students who plan to pursue the MPH or PhD in a field of public health should consider taking multiple courses from each list, and should seek out research opportunities with faculty affiliated with the Binghamton University MPH program.
Public Health Courses
*Please note that some of these courses listed below have pre-requisites which will need to be completed before enrolling in the course.
Rigorous quantitative research methods and data analysis courses (is it STRONGLY recommended that you take at least 2 of these courses).
|Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
|Census Geography and GIS
Differential and Integral Calculus (Calculus I)
MATH 224 & 225
|Probability with Statistical Methods
|Social Research Methods
|Statistical Analysis and Design
Courses corresponding to public health core content areas (it is STRONGLY recommended that you take at least 3 of these courses).
|Introduction to Community and Public Health
|AFST 380T (Also cross-listed as ANTH 380E)
|Introduction to Epidemiology
|Case Studies in Global Health
|Environmental Health: Race and Place
|Biostatistics with R
Courses with public health content (it is recommended that you take 2 of these courses).
|Immigrant and Refugee Health
|Diversity and Health
|Medical Anthropology for Pre-Health
|Biology, Culture and Lifestyle
|Medical Anthropology: Human Biology and Health
|Plagues, Culture and History
|Humans & Physical Environment
Courses to build a broad foundation in the study of health and disease (it is recommended that you take 2 of these courses).
|Comparative Aspects of Human Growth
|Human Biological Variation
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I
|Human Anatomy and Physiology II
|Pre-Health Microbiology Lab
|History of Modern Medicine