The greatest need in the field of Community Health is for people connected to diverse communities, rooted in these relationships, with linguistic and cultural skills. Our Community Health Major is designed to emphasize “competencies” in addition to specific knowledge gained from course work. Employers are eager to see what students can do, as they apply basic knowledge.
On the basis of this evolving understanding, we have designed this major to be built on a small core of key courses that provide those specific knowledge needs, combined with a minor in one of many existing areas in the college curriculum. The goal is for students to gain a coherent knowledge through the core, but in the choice of the minor they decide the specific focus of their approach to issues in community health, and thus hone applicable skills. The public health core functions of assessment, policy development and assurance guide the majors in achieving foundational knowledge.
Experiential learning is also crucial in this field. Due to the fact that the students will have different minors (and therefore different focuses), we think it important to create an opportunity for each class to develop a group identity and working dynamic. Students have three significant opportunities to work in teams on community-based projects: The two-semester Research Design and Applied Statistics courses, the Senior Internship and the Senior Capstone Project. Through these course experiences the students accomplish a task as a team project, gaining experience in working as a group, and also building group identity in the major. Based on the specific focus/minor, each student develops an approach to the project, thus contributing a specific, yet integrated piece to the whole effort. In addition, each student’s senior capstone project may emerge from both the focusing area (minor) and an intended internship choice.
We prepare graduates who are able to present themselves to a prospective employer or graduate school with a transcript that indicates core knowledge, and a portfolio of several projects that shows strong evidence of an applicable skill set.
Learning Outcomes of the Community Health Program
The curriculum in the Community Health Program aims to accomplish the following learning goals:
- To write effectively and persuasively about science and health issues
- To understand the US healthcare system and policies
- To interpret, analyze and present quantitative and qualitative information
- To work effectively with groups of people in multicultural settings
- To function effectively as a member of a team or group to achieve a common purpose
- To design and undertake research on the biological and social aspects of community health
- To have a focused set of knowledge and skills (such as in human health issues, sociology, management or psychology) that they can apply to community health issues
Shakia Weaver ‘13
Master’s Candidate in Social Work and Case Worker at Judge Baker Children’s Center
Pine Manor College, Community Health Major, Social and Political Systems Minor
“I knew that helping people has always been my passion. I plan a career in community outreach. The course-based community projects and my internship at Pine Manor allowed me to work with people in the community and practice the skills I will need in my profession.”
To learn more about Shakia’s story and her career at Pine Manor and beyond,
Heba Khurram ‘14
Administrative Associate II, Endocrinology, Boston Children’s Hospital
Pine Manor College, Double Major in Biology and Community Health, Minor in Management and Organizational Change, Biotechnology Certificate
“Pine Manor’s liberal arts focus taught me how to utilize my critical thinking and analysis skills. I was given the chance to express my passion for science and health by taking a variety of classes.”
To learn more about Heba’s story and her career at Pine Manor and beyond,
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