Public Health

Public health is a program that encourages people from across disciplines to work together to discover the causes of the world's health problems and develop solutions. 

Saint Michael's is rooted in a passion for bettering our world and an academic tradition of interdisciplinary work, giving students an ideal place to engage in the inquiry and action needed for success in public health. The College provides a path for a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. 

As a discipline, public health is especially concerned with people’s access to health care, the quality of that care, disease prevention, and the sustainability of the health care system.

What is Public Health?

Public health is a field that has its origins in science and in the social reform movements of 19th century Europe and U.S. Public health focuses on the biosocial determinants of disease and the health of populations. As a discipline, public health is especially concerned with people’s access to health care, the quality of that care, disease prevention, and the sustainability of the health care system. 

Public Health Major Requirements (for a Bachelor of Science)

Required Courses:

  • PB 101 - Introduction to Public Health
  • BI 153 - Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics
  • BI 215 - Epidemiology
  • BI 230 - Microbiology
  • CH 110 - General Chemistry I
  • SO 215 - Demography and Public Health

Choose one:

  • ST 120 - Elementary Statistics
  • ST 140 - Biological Data & Statistics

Choose one:

  • PH XXX - Bioethics (new course)
  • PH XXX - Medical Ethics (new course)
  • RS 328 - Christian Health Care Ethics
  • PH 351 - Otherness and Marginalization

Choose one:

  • AN 109 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • SO 101 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SO 107 - Social Problems

Choose two:

  • BI XXX - Nutrition (new course)
  • BI 222 - Population and Evolutionary Genetics
  • BI 365 - Immunology and Parasitology
  • BI 219 - Anatomy and Physiology II
  • ES 107 - Introduction to Environmental Science
  • ES 225 - Food Systems and Sustainability

Choose two:

  • AN 217 - Social Inequalities
  • AN 333 - Anthropology of Refugees
  • AN 341 - Culture, Illness, and Healing
  • EC 225 - Economics of Health Care
  • EC 321 - Economics of Development and Poverty
  • PO 325 - Politics of Food
  • PO 351 - Politics of the Global AIDS Pandemic
  • PS 350 - Psychology of Health and Illness

Choose one: 

  • CL 118 - Ancient Medicine and the Greek and Latin Roots of Scientific Terminology
  • FR 101 - First semester French
  • FR 102 - Second semester French
  • FR 20x - Medical French (new course)
  • SP 101 - First semester Spanish
  • SP 102 - Second semester Spanish
  • SP 20x - Medical Spanish (new course)

Choose one:

  • Senior Seminar in Public Health or Biology
  • Internship or Senior Research Project approved by the Program Director

Public Health Major Requirements (for a Bachelor of Arts)

Required Courses:

  • PB 101 - Introduction to Public Health
  • BI 153 - Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics
  • BI 215 - Epidemiology
  • SO 215 - Demography and Public Health

Choose one:

  • ST 120 - Elementary Statistics
  • ST 140 - Biological Data & Statistics

Choose one:

  • PH XXX - Bioethics (new course)
  • PH XXX - Medical Ethics (new course)
  • RS 328 - Christian Health Care Ethics
  • PH 351 - Otherness and Marginalization

Choose one:

  • AN 109 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • SO 101 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SO 107 - Social Problems

Choose one: 

  • CL118 - Ancient Medicine and the Greek and Latin Roots of Scientific Terminology
  • FR20x - Medical French (new course)
  • SP20x - Medical Spanish (new course)

Choose three: 

  • AN 217 - Social Inequalities
  • AN 333 - Anthropology of Refugees
  • AN 341 - Culture, Illness, and Healing
  • EC 225 - Economics of Health Care
  • EC 321 - Economics of Development and Poverty
  • PO 351 - Politics of the Global AIDS Pandemic
  • PO 325 - Politics of Food
  • PS 350 - Psychology of Health and Illness

Choose one: 

  • Senior Seminar in Public Health or Anthropology or Sociology or Biology
  • Internship or Senior Research Project approved by the Program Director

Donna Bozzone, PhD

Professor of Biology
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Contact Professor Bozzone

Cheray Hall 302C
Box 283
802.654.2627
dbozzone@smcvt.edu
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M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University
B.S. Manhattan College

Areas of Expertise:

Development and embryogenesis; cells; cell communication; cancer; evolution; evolutionary medicine; the connection between developmental biology and ecology and evolution; the history of science.

Courses I Teach:

  • Cell Biology
  • Communications in the Biological Sciences
  • Developmental Biology
  • Introduction to Cell Biology and Genetics

Patricia Delaney, PhD

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Contact Professor Delaney

Saint Edmund's Hall 246
Box 386
802.654.2961
pdelaney@smcvt.edu
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M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. Georgetown University

Areas of Expertise:

Gender and international development; war, conflict, and the contestation of cultural identity; relief to development continuum; poverty and stratification in the global south; grassroots development and participatory approaches; East Timor; Lusophone Africa 

Courses I Teach:

  • Anthropological Perspectives on Gender
  • Gender and International Development
  • Introductory Anthropology
  • Participatory Action Research
  • People and Cultures of the Lusuphone World
  • Life Histories

Adrie Kusserow, PhD

Professor of Anthropology

Contact Professor Kusserow

Saint Edmund's Hall 237
802.654.2267
akusserow@smcvt.edu
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Ph.D. Harvard University (Anthropology)
M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School (Tibetan Buddhism)
B.A. Amherst College, Phi Beta Kappa

Areas of Expertise:

Medical and Psychiatric Anthropology, Refugees, Globalization and Poverty, Modern Day Slavery, Anthropology of Refugees, Anthropology of Religion, Social Class in America, Anthropology of Global Media

Courses I Teach:

  • Culture Illness and Healing
  • Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Refugees
  • Social Inequalities

Motivations:

I am a cultural anthropologist with special interests in refugees, social inequalities, poverty, anthropology of religion, culture, illness and healing, social class, ethnographic poetry and anthropology of the child. I strongly encourage both service work and community engaged learning to be an integral part of my anthropology classes. I am also a strong proponent of study abroad and have taken students to Sudan, Uganda and Bhutan.

Dagan Loisel, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology

Contact Professor Loisel

Cheray Hall 312
Box 283
802.654.2259
dloisel@smcvt.edu
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Postdoctoral degree, The University of Chicago, Department of Human Genetics
Ph.D., Duke University, Department of Biology & University Program in Genetics
B.A., Colby College, magna cum laude

Areas of Expertise

  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • General Biology 

Courses I Teach

  • Fundamentals of Genetics
  • Immunology and Parasitology in Genetics

Melissa VanderKaay Tomasulo, PhD

Director of the Neuroscience Program, Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Professor Tomasulo

Saint Edmund's Hall 208
Box 381
802.654.2921
mvanderkaay@smcvt.edu
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Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, Specialization in Health Psychology, The Ohio University
M.S., Experimental Psychology, Specialization in Health Psychology, The Ohio University
B.A., Psychology, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio

Areas of Expertise: 

Psychology of health and illness, in particular the acute and chronic effects of stress on the brain and body; behavioral medicine including the biological, psychological, social, and behavioral moderators of disease pathogenesis.

Courses I Teach:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Psychology of Health and Illness
  • Research Methods
  • Lifespan Development
  • Neuroscience Senior Seminar

Internships

Many local and regional organizations offer health-related internships to Public Health majors, including:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Red Cross
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • UVM Medical Center
  • Associates of Cape Cod, Inc.
  • Associates in Orthodontics
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Whole Health Nutrition
  • Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center
  • Champlain Valley Agency on Aging
  • Community Health Centers of Burlington
  • Essex Physical Therapy
  • Hampton Physical Therapy
  • Howard Center for Human Services
  • Maitri Health Care
  • Brain Injury Association of Vermont

Research

Public Health majors have the opportunity to conduct original research projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor. The Trustee Scholar Program provides students with stipends for full-time summer research projects. Other student-faculty research is funded through external grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, or other private foundations or government agencies.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with local health providers is a great way to help the community while gaining valuable experience.  For information about finding clinical experiences and making the most out of your volunteer opportunities, visit the Association of American Medical Colleges

Saint Michael's College Fire and Rescue

The SMC Rescue Unit is a unique way for students to gain real-world, hands-on medical experience. Student crews respond to 2200 calls annually, dealing with medical emergencies in nearby towns. Student volunteers can earn CPR, EMT, and Advanced EMT certification.

University of Vermont Medical Center

There are many positions available at the nearby UVM Medical Center, including:

  • Art from the Heart: Assist with art sessions for children on the Pediatrics Unit
  • Emergency Department Waiting Room: Serve as a liaison between staff, family, and patients. Escort visiting family members.
  • Pediatrics: Participate in Child Life Play Program: involve pediatric patients in play activities. Training provided by Child Life Specialist.
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit/Medical Intensive Care Unit Liaison: Assist staff by supporting families of patients who are in the SICU/MICU waiting areas. Act as a liaison between families and staff.
  • No One Dies Alone Volunteer: Volunteer to sit vigil with dying patients in the absence of family or friends.

Visiting Nurse Association

The Visiting Nurse Association provides volunteer opportunities in hospice, respite care, and other areas.

Saint Michael's has a long tradition of success for graduates entering healthcare professions.  Professional schools our students have attended in recent years include:

Medical:

  • Albany Medical College
  • Dartmouth Medical School
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • University of Connecticut Medical School
  • University of Vermont School of Medicine
  • University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dental:

  • NYU Dental School
  • SUNY-Buffalo Dental School
  • Tufts University School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry

Not all health careers require you to go to graduate school.  Entry-level positions are available for Health Science majors at hospitals, community health centers, clinics, private health care practices, relief organizations, home health care agencies, rehabilitation centers, hospices, sports and fitness facilities, the Centers for Disease Control, refugee and immigrant organizations, non-profits such as the American Cancer Society, and nursing and residential care facilities. 

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