The Pathway in Public Health is designed to educate students to explore current local and global health issues, exploring the broad areas of public health. Public health focuses on health promotion and on protecting and improving the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations. Our academic courses, experiential learning, study-abroad programs, and career-oriented internships offer a global perspective and allow broad applications to diverse intellectual interests. In the sciences, one might consider biological, chemical and epidemiological studies of medicine and health. In the social sciences, one may study the economic, social, demographic or behavioral factors influencing health outcomes and policies at local, state, federal and/or international levels. Offerings in literature and the arts could include narrative medicine, representations of illness in theater, and/or the study of kinesiology through dance. An important focus of the Pathway is inequality in access to both quality health care and health-related outcomes. Our Pathway enables students to make connections across disciplines, to work collaboratively, to hone communication skills, and to gain experience and knowledge in public health issues.

While students will construct their own animating questions, some possible examples might be:

  • How is climate change affecting local and global communities?
  • Why is it important to vaccinate the population against disease?
  • Should children have a say in health-related decisions (e.g., treatments for chronic disease, abortion, birth control, end-of-life)?
  • How do pharmaceutical companies decide how much to charge for a prescription drug and should the government be allowed to regulate this?

Core Faculty

Virginia (Ginny) Anderson, Assistant Professor of Theater

Virginia Anderson

Assistant Professor of Theater

Virginia (Ginny) Anderson joined the theater faculty in 2013 after four years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she directed for the main stage and taught a variety of theater history courses including theater history survey courses, Women’s Theater, African American Theater History, Children’s Theater, Theater in the United States, LGBT Theater, and The AIDS Epidemic in Theater and Film.

Ronald Flores, Associate Professor of Sociology

Ronald Flores

Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Sociology Department

Ron Flores teaches Immigration in an Urban Context; Race, Ethnicity and Baseball; Sociology of Families; advanced research seminars on Latinos in America and on Social Inequality; and Introduction to Sociology. He also teaches a first-year seminar on community and civic responsibility, "Our Communities, OurSelves." His courses typically include community service-learning.

Jennifer Fredericks, Associate Professor of Human Development, Director of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy

Jennifer Fredricks

Professor of Human Development, Director of the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy

Jennifer Fredricks is an educational and developmental psychologist whose research focuses on school engagement, motivation, organized out-of-school activity participation, adolescent development and parent socialization.

Martha Grossel, Professor of Biology

Martha J. Grossel

Professor of Biology

Martha Grossel is the , an honor that provides a research fund presented annually to a member of the faculty for outstanding scholarly or artistic accomplishments.

Priya Kohli, Assistant Professor of Statistics, Connecticut College

Priya Kohli

Assistant Professor of Statistics

Priya Kohli specializes in the areas of covariance modeling, longitudinal/panel studies, multivariate modeling, missing data, time series, spatial statistics, and spatio-temporal modeling. She also works in interdisciplinary research areas including RNA-seq analysis, healthcare devices, environmental sciences, and business and finance.

Monika Lopez-Anuarbe, Assistant Professor of Economics

Monika Lopez-Anuarbe

Assistant Professor of Economics

Economics professor Monika López-Anuarbe wants students to learn economics by having fun and by relating to this field. She believes any issue has an economic approach and asks her students: Why not learn how to make decisions considering economics? Current research interests include studying the effect of state policies in the long-term care market: how family intergenerational transfers of money and time affect the likelihood and amount of caregiving for elderly parents from their adult children and vice versa.

Sardha Suriyapperuma

Senior Lecturer of Biology and Botany

Sardha Suriyapperuma serves as a lecturer and a lab instructor for both the botany and biology departments. She has conducted research in various disciplines including physiology of mycorrhizal fungi, DNA fingerprinting of turf grass, gene expression of cytoskeleton proteins, linkage mapping of adult-onset primary open angle glaucoma and gene expression using microarrays.

Thematic Inquiry

This Pathway will use entry courses and an entry seminar as entry points to the Pathway. There will be a variety (6 to 10) of four-credit courses that students can use as entry courses. While enrolled in this entry course, students will enroll also in a two-credit seminar bringing together Pathway students from the various entry courses. This seminar will be highly interdisciplinary in nature and may include alumni and guest speakers, workshops and common readings. The seminar will initially be organized and led by the Pathway Coordinator, who will also advise students in developing their animating question.

BIO 106 CELLS (Mode D)
BIO 115 CC:HUMAN MICRO: USER MANUAL (Mode D)
ECO 112 INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS (Mode E)
ES 110 ENV STDS AS A NATURAL SCIENCE (Mode D)
HMD 103 CHILD RIGHTS/PUBLIC POLICY
PHI 229 BIOETHICS (Modes B and E)
PSY 208 HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (Mode D)
REL 240 RELIGION AND HEALING
SOC 102 APPROACHES TO SOCIAL PROBLEMS
THE 199 CC:AIDS EPIDEMIC THEATER/FILM (Mode B)

Curricular Itinerary

Mode B: Critical Inquiry and Analysis
HIS 278 DAOIST TRADITIONS
HIS 427 THE CHINESE BODY
THE 399 AIDS EPIDEMIC THEATER/FILM

Mode C: Quantitative and Formal Reasoning
MAT 107 INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
MAT 110 CC: NETWORKS & THEIR APPLCTNS
MAT 207 ADVANCED REGRESSION TECHNIQ

Mode D: Scientific Inquiry and Analysis
CHM 216 ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
ES 120 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
FYS 1XXX TOXINS & THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

Mode E: Social and Historical Inquiry
ECO 112 INTRODUCTORY MICROECONOMICS
ECO 240 HEALTH ECONOMICS
HIS 278 DAOIST TRADITIONS
HIS 427 THE CHINESE BODY

Courses Not Currently Designated with a Mode of Inquiry
BIO 208 GENETICS
ES 210 HYDROLOGY
ES 493D GEOLOGIC HAZARDS & HUMANS
ES 494D GEOLOGIC HAZARDS & HUMANS
FYS 1XXX ILLUMINATING DISEASE
HMD 304 CHILD & FAM SOCIAL POLICY
HMD 415 SOC POLICY ANALYSIS URBAN AMER
PSY 210 PSYCHOLOG DISORDERS/DYSFUNCT
PSY 309 BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE
PSY 326 DEVELOPMNTL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
PSY 493A PSYCHOLOGY WOMEN’S HEALTH
PSY 494A PSYCHOLOGY WOMEN’S HEALTH
REL 240 RELIGION AND HEALING
SOC 230 THE SOCIOLOGY OF DEATH & DYING
SOC 240 THE SOCIOLOGY OF AGING
SOC 364 URBAN PROBLEMS

Suggested Global-Local Engagement

Study Away
  • Arts and Culture in South Africa through UMass Amherst
  • Australia and New Zealand
  • DIS Denmark
  • SIT India – Community Based Health
  • SIT South Africa – Community Based Public Health and Social Policy
  • King College, London – Health Policy
  • Washington, DC Internship program
Internships
  • Internships in governmental organizations, hospitals, and research facilities
  • Harvard School of Public Health, Summer Program in Quantitative Sciences
  • Summer Internship Program at the Breakthrough Institute
  • Internships in scientific research and medicine at the Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center
  • Jackson Labs Summer Student Program
  • Einstein Medical School SURP, Icahn School of Medicine SURP, Columbia
Community-Based Learning

The Office of Community Partnerships currently partners with several community-based health organizations including the Community Health Center, the New London Senior Center, Homeless Hospitality Center, Waterford Country School, High Hopes, Ledge Light Public Health, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, Alliance for Living, and Department of Children and Families. There are also opportunities through Connecticut and Rhode Island State Departments of Health. It would also be interesting to explore AccessHealthCT and to better understand how the state health exchange is working and reaching out to different target groups. In addition, students might avail themselves of EMT courses, ambulance shifts, shadowing doctors, and various activities associated with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

 

For more information, please contact Ron Flores or any other member of the core faculty.