Public Health Special Opportunities

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.

Hartwick public health majors have gained valuable experience while providing support to local hospitals, hospice and long-term care facilities, and family service organizations. They have facilitated presentations to local health professionals on the signs and symptoms of teenage drug use, and designed board games to educate their college peers on the effects of drugs on academic success. They have also worked to improve water quality in Myanmar and assisted health clinics in Ecuador and Zambia. Health needs can be found anywhere and everywhere, and Hartwick’s Public Health program connects students with hands-on experiences that align with their interests.

Graduate School Opportunities

Many Hartwick public health majors pursue further professional education through Master of Public Health (MPH) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs. There are some graduate programs that are especially interested in Hartwick graduates.

Hartwick graduates are heavily recruited by the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs MPA Program. Our graduates consistently standout and are actively engaged in all the Cornell MPA program has to offer. They are successful and have forged exciting careers in the public and private sectors. An MPA is one possible route to a career in Healthcare Administration or Health Services Administration.

Hartwick graduates are heavily recruited by the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs MPA Program. Our graduates consistently standout and are actively engaged in all the Cornell MPA program has to offer. They are successful and have forged exciting careers in the public and private sectors.

The Cornell Institute for Public Affairs program requires: strong writing and communications skills, solid data analytical skills, and the desire to engage in the world to make it better. These form the foundation of a Hartwick College degree.

Visit the CIPA website for more information.

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