At Haverford, we value the intersection of public health with social justice, and this new course of study enables students to approach these issues with greater knowledge and understanding.
The goal of the Health Studies minor is to give greater context to the issues facing health professionals on local, national, and global scales. The structure of this program is intentionally multidisciplinary, bringing scientists together with social science and humanities professors to guide students through the political, cultural and ethical questions that relate to health issues worldwide.
The minor is a perfect complement to a more traditional science major, especially for those students planning to go into medicine, nursing, physical therapy, psychotherapy and other clinical fields. It is also designed to give scientific context to students of the social sciences and humanities who are interested in policy, economics, health care management, health education, medical narratives and more.
The Health Studies Multidisciplinary Minor started in the spring of 2014, with the Class of 2016 our first to take advantage of this unique program. This is a Bi-College minor, and courses will be taught by Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College faculty across many disciplines.