The public health major emphasizes the value of experience out in the community, where students can put into practice the ideas and methods they have learned in their public health courses.
Fieldwork, whether through a course, a clinical placement, or an internship, is a core component of the public health major.
Hartwick College’s location in a town that is a regional hub for healthcare and social services is ideally suited to a focus on the urgent contemporary issues related to rural public health. As the world becomes increasingly urban, resources essential to health become more concentrated in cities, creating economic, educational, and healthcare challenges for rural populations.
Hartwick’s network of local community partners in the Susquehanna Valley region, and its off-campus J Term courses in places like Thailand, Dominican Republic, and South Africa, afford rich opportunities for students to engage meaningfully with public health where affordable and sustainable solutions are most needed.