Scholarly Concentrations

Scholarly Concentrations

Public Health

This concentration looks to assist the student in the understanding and practice of public health principles in domestic and international environments. Issues include evolution of public health; functions of public health and application to the healthcare system in the US and abroad; and need for linkages between medical and public health professionals and institutions. There will be opportunities to participate in domestic or international public health seminars and field experiences.


Year 1

  • Fall Semester: Group meetings, Dean’s Lecture
  • Spring Semester: Group meetings, Dean’s Lecture, participate in combined PH interdisciplinary seminars and/or journal clubs

Year 2

  • Fall and Spring Semesters: Group meetings, participate in at least 2 (each semester) of the College’s interdisciplinary seminars/Deans Lecture, assignment of mentors

Year 3

  • Fall and Spring Semesters: Group meetings, opportunities to work on projects with mentor. Participate in at least 3 COPH Seminars; work on Public Health case studies/Community Projects

Year 4

  • Fall and Spring Semesters: Field placement opportunities, interdisciplinary seminar participation and final powerpoint or podcast presentation. Research Day and SCP Student Symposium participation.

Faculty Leadership


Robert M. Nelson, Jr., MD, MS

Deanna Wathington, MD, MPH

Ricardo Izurieta, MD, Dr.PH, MPH


Wanda Martinez