Public Health


Interdisciplinary Studies
804 Maytum Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: 716-673-3174
Ph: 716-673-3173

Interdisciplinary Minor in Public Health

Public Health
(Interdisciplinary Studies minor only)
Dr. Linda Dorsten, Coordinator
W393 Thompson Hall
(716) 673-3469
PublicHealth.Minor@fredonia.edu

Illustrating its breadth of scope, Public Health is perhaps best defined by its mission: maximum health for all, via the prevention of disease, disability and unhealthful environmental conditions.  The focus is on health conditions of all people in a community, with the goal of prevention.  In contrast, medicine focuses on the health conditions of the individual, with treatment as its goal.

Examples of traditional Public Health topics include:

  • control and prevent communicable diseases (influenza, pneumonia, childhood diseases, infectious diseases, etc.), including emerging infectious diseases
  • control and prevent chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular, etc.)
  • promote healthful lifestyles (reduce obesity, tobacco use, injuries/accidents, etc.)
  • educate at-risk populations to reduce STDs, teen pregnancy and infant mortality
  • ensure safety of drinking and recreational waters
  • work with communities on issues such as mental health, substance abuse and social violence.

The “new Public Health” addresses issues associated with bioterrorism, food safety, disaster preparedness, and other community health/safety concerns emerging after 9/11/01.  

The Public Health Curriculum at Fredonia:
Our public health minor is one of the few undergraduate public health programs in the region!  Public Health is an interdisciplinary field.  Below is a list of required and elective course categories.

Public Health Core Courses  (10 credit hours required):

  • SOC215 Introduction to Public Health
  • BIOL110 Human Biology or  BIOL111 Intro. Biology or BIOL133 Principles II
  • SOC300/PSY210/POL210/COMM295 Research Methods or BIOL457 Biostatistics
  • SOC415 Seminar in Public Health
  • Electives (9 credit hours required):
  1. BioSciences (minimum 3 credit hours)
  2. Social/Behavioral Sciences (minimum 3 credit hours)
  3. Specialty Areas    
  • Biosciences Specialty
  • Community Health Education
  • Fitness, Nutrition and Wellness
  • Women’s Health
  • Individualized Specialty Areas
For more information, contact:
Dr. Linda Dorsten, Coordinator
Interdisciplinary Minor in Public Health
State University of New York
W393 Thompson Hall
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673.3469

Access public health program online:   http://fredonia.smartcatalogiq.com/2014-2015/Catalog/All-Programs/Interdisciplinary-Studies-Minor-Programs/Public-Health-minor
After graduation, where do our Public Health minors go?
Here are a few examples …

Graduate PH/Medical/Health Programs
  • K. Civiletto, 2012
  • R.McMahon, 2011
  • L. Puccia, 2009
  • R. Wolfe, 2008
  • K. Gang, 2008
  • K. Zielinski, 2006
  • J. Manzone, 2006
  • S. Hunt, 2006
  • L. Pollinger, 2006
  • D. Lanza, 2006
  • M.  Anderson, 2004
  • Social Science Grad. Programs
  • K. Sweeney, 2008
  • B. Purcell, 2006
  • J.  Stiglmeier, 2005
  • K Hagenbaugh, 2005


Employment/Internships (P.H./Other)

  • A. Cimilluca, 2009 --  K. Zielinski, 2006
  • B. Postlolowski, 2006  --  A. Waite, 2006
  • N. Root, 2005
  • AmeriCorps/Other Volunteer Services
  • M. Anderson, 2004

CAREERS
Some Public Health careers of Fredonia graduates:

  • Community Health Educator
  • Kelly Beckwith, Am. Assoc. School Admin. (with CDC)
  • Sanitarian/Restaurant Inspector
  • Melissa Lyon, Chautauqua County Health Dept.
  • Sam McLean, Chautauqua Co. Health Dept. (ret.).
  • Development Dept. /Grant writer
  • Michelle Cinque, Safe Horizons (previously: Regional Food Bank Services of L.A.)
  • Asst. Professor, Exercise Sci. & Health Promotion,
  • Dr. Tina Penhollow, FL Atlantic U.
  • Counter-Terrorism Task Force
  • Mike Vendette, Coordinator, Chautauqua County (ret.)
  • Foodborne Illness Researcher
  • John McQuiston, U.S. Centers for Disease Control/Prev
  • Food Import Inspector
  • Mark Prusak, U.S. Food & Drug Administration

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