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program overview

The Health Studies majors reflect the creative ways in which Colby-Sawyer faculty collaborate across academic disciplines and departments to offer an innovative, multi-disciplinary field of study for students which will prepare them to address health needs in their communities and across the world.

The Health Studies majors also prepare graduates for more specialized study at the graduate level.

Please see the college catalog for specific requirements.

Health Promotion and Wellness

The Health Promotion and Wellness major focuses on the acquisition of knowledge and skill necessary to perform compassionately and effectively as educators for health and wellness, whether working with individuals, schools, communities or policy makers. The practical application of strategies that can assist individuals in societies in adopting and maintaining healthy actions is highlighted throughout the program. The program integrates classroom, laboratory, research, and extensive field experience to provide the student with the disciplinary knowledge and practical skills necessary to assume a role in health promotion and wellness for public, community, healthcare and worksite settings.

Public Health

The Public Health major works within the framework of health studies and focuses on the study of public health as a cross-cutting, interdisciplinary specialty area within the health care system. Population health, health disparities, vulnerable populations and other current public health concerns are covered extensively. This course of study integrates classroom, laboratory, internship and research experiences that provide students with the necessary disciplinary knowledge and practical skills to practice within the public health system and/or pursue graduate education in public health.

Health Care Management

This major provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts and offers an understanding of health care organization operations, financing and delivery of health care services. This major integrates classroom, research, and field experiences to provide students with the necessary disciplinary knowledge and practical skills to manage the sustainable delivery of high quality clinical health care. This major prepares students for entry-level positions in health care and the knowledge and skills necessary for administrative positions in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, managed care and other organizations providing health services in American society. The major also prepares graduates for more specialized study at the graduate level.

The Capstone Project

During their senior year, Colby-Sawyer students complete a Capstone project, a culmination of work in their fields of study that allows them to demonstrate a deep understanding of a body of knowledge and perspectives informed by that knowledge.

Capstones can range from radio or video projects and artists' portfolios to semester-long research projects and papers. Students display and discuss their Capstone projects with the college community and area residents during the Susan Colby Colgate Scholars Symposium each spring.

Read about students' Capstone experiences here.