Discover God's calling for you to help make the world a healthier, safer place to live.
What is public health?
The study of public health itself focuses on improving a community’s well-being through healthy lifestyle education, disease prevention research, creating health policies and social/political advocacy for health issues. Public health professionals spend their time helping protect the health of populations of all sizes, from a local neighborhood to an entire country.
Why study at Calvin?
Majoring or minoring in public health at Calvin will equip you with a broad understanding of the role of public health in the world. In addition to a hands-on internship, you’ll take classes in health behavior and education, biostatistics, environmental and global health, epidemiology, ethics, and health policy and management.
At Calvin, you will combine your learning with your faith. That means you will study from a Christian perspective with peers and professors who will challenge and strengthen your convictions. You will leave here not only with the knowledge to become a public servant, but also with the wisdom to be one who practices Christian compassion and stewardship.
Explore Public health
Put your public health knowledge to work in the real world by getting involved in on-campus student organizations or going off-campus for a semester or interim.
Take advantage of the flexible, interdisciplinary nature of our program by pursuing areas of study according to your interests and career plans.
Careers & Outcomes
Learn about opportunities in the public health field and the variety of career options at your disposal.
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Empowering Communities Through Women’s Health
This summer, Adejoke Ayoola is heading to Nigeria to design women's health programs through the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program.
News & Stories, June 6, 2017
Charting a new course for Plaster Creek
The Plaster Creek Stewards recently received two grants totaling $800K, allowing the group to expand its educational, research and restoration work in one of the state's most polluted watersheds.
News & Stories, July 29, 2016
A journey from simple questions to generations of wisdom
The first ever H.E.A.L.T.H. Camp was held on Calvin's campus in June 2016 for young girls from the Grand Rapids community.
News & Stories, July 8, 2016
Cancer researcher brings research back to the basics
Mitchell Machiela is a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, hoping to discover ways of identifying and preventing cancer.
News & Stories, June 23, 2016
Story map project aims for ecological justice in Plaster Creek watershed
Students Annaka Scheeres and Charlotte Reynolds ’16 teamed up with Professor Jason Van Horn to create a digital story of the watershed and its populations.
News & Stories, March 23, 2016
Brand Design class welcomes Clean Water Institute of Calvin College as its next client
ARTS 355 students will help CWICC gain support and build its reputation through creation of a digital brand.
News & Stories, February 26, 2016
An expert explores the Zika virus' threat to public health
Arlene Hoogewerf, chair of the biology department, examines the Zika virus and its threat to public health both globally and in the U.S.
News & Stories, February 23, 2016
Fighting for Flint
A Calvin College student is collecting water bottles and filters, recruiting volunteers to help with the Flint water crisis.
News & Stories, January 22, 2016