Public Health & Health Equity
Make your mark in public health. Hone the analytical tools and competencies you need to reduce inequality and promote health justice locally, nationally, and globally.
About the Public Health & Health Equity Program
Prepare to combat health disparities across diverse communities by studying public health and health equity at Mills. The public health major will equip you for a career and research opportunities in public health or healthcare.
In small classes that span multiple disciplines, you’ll learn about social, economic, and environmental factors that shape health inequities. You’ll identify innovative strategies for improving health policies and practices. And you’ll gain a solid foundation in statistical analysis and research methods. Dedicated professors will work closely with you, empowering you to develop your own vision for health justice. Outside of class, you’ll participate in an internship in the San Francisco Bay Area, where you’ll find a wealth of community organizations and institutions focused on health equity.
Mills offers two academic paths toward the major (view our program details for in-depth information):
- The major (BA) in public health and health equity is best for students interested in health advocacy, policy, education, program management, law, or healthcare administration.
- The major (BA or BS) in public health and health equity with a health sciences concentration is best for students who seek to use scientific innovation to improve health outcomes. It prepares them for fields such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, epidemiology, health education, and global health research; the BS option provides particularly strong preparation for medical school.
Courses You Could Take
Theories & Praxis of Health Equity
Research Methods with Communities of Color
Economics of Poverty, Inequality & Discrimination