Why Study Public Health?

    You’ll get robust education in the biological sciences while focusing on a public health career-centered track, specifically designed for students looking to pursue careers in biology. Whether you want to work as an epidemiologist, a public health educator, or an occupational health specialist, you’ll be prepared. The public health concentration can ignite your interest in pursuing graduate school, immersing you in research in areas like infectious diseases, public policy, and global health.

    Why Study Public Health at MMC?

    The Public Health concentration is a unique program that gives you the opportunity to explore many different subjects in biology while also choosing a pathway towards a career in public health. You’ll have a personalized, hands-on learning experience due to small class sizes, particularly in biology and chemistry labs. You’ll interact with and learn from faculty across the College—including social sciences, dance, psychology, and politics—in this multi-disciplinary major. The Natural Sciences department will help you connect to local internship opportunities and a vast network of alumni with successful careers in the biological sciences.

    What You Will Learn

    In the Public Health concentration, you’ll learn to:

    • Explain the multiple determinants of human health and well-being from a multidisciplinary perspective.
    • Apply the principles of human biology to the physiological and biochemical aspects of human health.
    • Display competency in career-related skills needed to enter the workforce.
    • Demonstrate appropriate training and preparedness for the pursuit of post-baccalaureate careers, advanced degrees, or professional programs.
    • Effectively communicate scientific information orally and in writing.


    Sarah L. Weinberger-Litman
    Associate Professor of Psychology

    Program Highlights

    Many students pursue independent research experiences in our on-campus labs, exploring areas of urban ecology, ocean biogeochemistry, the connection between Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and so much more. 
    Our students intern at renowned NYC biomedical facilities, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical Center, Columbia University, the Hospital for Special Surgery, Rockefeller University, and more. 
    Students can build different skill sets through peer advising, tutoring, and assisting in the preparation and execution of laboratory courses. In addition, our students maintain an active Student Chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

    Careers and Outcomes

    The Public Health concentration will help get you ready for a wide range of careers, including:

    job titles

    • Epidemiologist
    • Emergency Management Specialist
    • Community Health Worker/Educator
    • Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
    • Microbiologist

    Take a Tour of the Natural Sciences Department

    Current students Elizabeth Scott ’21 and Jade Johnsamson ’22 take you on a virtual tour of the labs and classrooms that make up the Natural Sciences Department. See why our facilities and small class sizes give you the kind of practical lab experience you want.

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