Required Courses and Academic Activities

  • Six core courses that are currently taught at New College, with alternatives available at other Cross College Alliance (CCA) institutions
  • Semester-long professionalization seminar 
  • Practicum

    Core Courses
  • Epidemiology Matters: An Introduction or other introductory epidemiology course
  • Global Health and Humanity or other introductory global health course
  • A History of Biomedicine or other introductory history of medicine course
  • Biomedical Ethics or Neuroethics or Animal Minds and Ethics or other introductory medically/biologically/socially-oriented ethics course
  • Anthropology of the Body, Illness and Health or other introductory medical anthropology course
  • Dealing with Data I or Introduction to Statistics or Statistics for Economics and the Social Sciences or other introductory statistics course

Professionalization Seminar

The professionalization seminar will be run as a group tutorial by core faculty and Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity (CEO) staff. Seminar meetings will consist of career planning exercises and conversations with guests who (have) pursue(d) careers in health, broadly conceived. Students will be exposed to health professionals in multiple fields and at various career stages. Deliverables will be related to career planning and include career assessment, CV/resume, portfolio / LinkedIn profile, elevator pitch, mock interview, mock salary negotiation, and internship preparation.


The prerequisite for the practicum is the professionalization seminar. The core faculty will collaborate with CEO staff to develop partnerships for placements, and CEO staff will assist students in securing practica. The core faculty and CEO staff will guide students in reflecting upon completed practica.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Joint AOC in HCS, students will be able to:

  • understand key determinants of health from a socio-ecological perspective, and explore socio-economic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that can have an impact on human health and contribute to health disparities;
  • calculate and interpret common epidemiologic measures and statistical tests used in public health;
  • summarize and distill events in the history of medicine and employ them to analyze longer trajectories of particular issues relating to health, illness, and disease;
  • investigate approaches to addressing major public/global health concerns with cultural humility within the constraints of limited resources and health infrastructure;
  • recognize and refute simplistic claims regarding the health or health-related structures and practices of a certain population;
  • apply concepts of ethics and cultural relativism to assess claims about and interventions in health on individual, local, and global levels;
  • clearly communicate health-related scientific, historical, cultural, and ethical information or concerns in both written and oral form;
  • convincingly communicate skills and experiences in professional interviews, including practicum experience and skills gained during coursework;
  • apply the knowledge and skills gained during academic coursework in a professional work environment.