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.
These internships are dedicated to helping students learn about the field of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health. The Occupational Safety and Environmental Health internship entails the training and mentoring a new generation of OSEH professionals to prevent workplace injury, disease, ergonomics, and environmental protection.
These internship experiences help to prepare Hartwick College students for positions in industries, government, consulting firms and colleges. They are offered in collaboration with local businesses around New York and we incorporate hands-on experience with classroom studies.
As an example of what the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health internships can prepare students for after college, we have alumni working as occupational health and safety at Amazon.
For further information, contact Osamede Evbuomwan, Occupational Health & Safety Manager, at email@example.com.
Public Health major, Ithaca, New York
“When I first came here, I wanted to be a nurse. People were friendly when I visited here and the diversity of the community made me feel very connected.
I have always wanted to give something positive back to the community. When I was young, I left Myanmar and lived for awhile in a refugee camp in Thailand. I was very thankful for the people who helped me, and it gave me a passion for helping other people.”
Anthropology major. Corvallis, Oregon
“Ultimately, it was Connie Anderson’s Medical Anthropology class that turned my curiosity toward public health. It was a whole world of health, population growth, and anthropology that I was unaware of! This class also led me to chose a focus area of vulnerable populations when I was completing my graduate coursework.”