Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Public Health

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and communities through “the promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Public health addresses the health of populations that can span from a small, local neighborhood to the world. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to identify and solve problems regarding the mental, physical, and emotional well-being of populations, public health draws from biomedicine, biomedical technology and engineering, public policy, economics, social psychology, environmental health, epidemiology, and biostatistics. Public health not only treats ongoing epidemics and health issues, it also makes an effort to prevent them from happening by implementing educational campaigns and programs, recommending services, and conducting research. The promotion of health-care equity, quality, and accessibility to address health disparities is also an essential part of public health.


Key Faculty & Staff

Christy Schuetze, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Gigi Simeone, Health Sciences/Pre-Law Adviser 

Student Groups

Global Health Forum: A group whose mission is to empower students and community members to improve global health through raising awareness, cultivating partnerships, and pressuring political initiative. | Contacts: Seetha Davis ’19

Global Neighbors: A student-run service organization whose mission is to reduce discrimination and promote the dignity of those marginalized for their physical and/or medical conditions through volunteer work, outreach, and education. | Contact: Julius Miller ’19

Sexual Health Advocates: This group aims to provide students with access to safe sexual health supplies and with trained, residence-based peer advocates who can discuss sex, intimate relationships, sexual health, sexuality, gender, and relevant on- and off-campus resources. | Contact: Krista Smith-Hanke

Swat Doulas: Students participate in weekend-long workshops held at the Lang Center. For more information about this student group, read the 2016 Phoenix article, "Swarthmore Doula program teaches birth strategies, emotional support."


Relevant Courses



  • Neonatal Care Geographic Information Systems (NCGIS), Aarti Rao ’14
  • Young Latina Leadership Program, Mariana Stavig ’14
  • Screening and Extended Eye-care Referral (SEER), Tom Liu ’12
  • Our Health, Our Arts, Toby Wu ’09
  • For Real: An HIV/AIDS Peer Education Program, Stefanie Fox ’04
  • The Illinois Public Health Advocate, Smitha Arekapudi ’99