The coronavirus pandemic has made public health a major part of our national discourse. In this Inquiry, you’ll use your Core Knowledge and Methods requirements to explore questions such as:
- How do scientific knowledge and knowledge of human behavior shape policy decisions?
- What is the relationship between health and climate change?
- How are health outcomes affected by racial and economic disparities?
Students in the Public and Environmental Health Inquiry take five classes and complete a 1-credit Integrated Learning Portfolio. Courses in the Public and Environmental Health Inquiry (PEHI) give students the ability to engage with these and other questions. Students build a strong foundation for thinking critically about public health and communicating what they know effectively and creatively.
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Inquiry Course Requirements
PEHI students take courses that give them both a broad background and some key tools for understanding public health. PEHI students start by taking:
- Introduction to Public Health (IDIS 122)
Meets Core Knowledge and Methods outcomes in Mathematics and Cultural Literacy
- Contemporary Bioscience (BIOL 101); Principles of Biology (BIOL 105); Contemporary Chemistry (CHEM 101); or General Chemistry II (CHEM 106)
Meets Core Knowledge and Methods outcomes in Natural Sciences
(Scores of 4 or 5 on the biology, chemistry, or environmental science AP exams also satisfy this element of the Inquiry)
Students choose one of the following ethics courses:
- Introduction to Ethics (PHIL 120) or Environmental Ethics (PHIL 321)
Meets Core Knowledge and Methods outcomes in the Humanities
A course that develops their creative thinking and expression:
- Introduction to Visual Thinking (ART 205); Introduction to Digital Media Art (ART 214); Community Arts (ART 269); Topics in Writing (particularly Environmental Storytelling or Science Writing) (ENGL 201); Elements of Design (TFMS 171); Film and Media Production Modes (TFMS 221); Media Production I (TFMS 228) Meets Core Knowledge and Methods outcomes in the Arts.
And a foundational course in the social sciences:
- Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 101) or Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 102) or Introduction to Sociology (SOCI 101) or AP
Meets Core Knowledge and Methods outcomes in Social and Behavioral Sciences
(Scores of 4 or 5 on psychology or microeconomics AP exams also satisfy this element of the Inquiry.)
When this coursework is finished, all Inquiry students complete:
- Integrated Learning Portfolio (1 credit)
Integrated Learning Portfolio (ILP)
The final requirement for any Inquiry is the Integrated Learning Portfolio. The ILP is the place where students articulate the connections they see among their courses– and where they reflect on the contribution each course makes to the Inquiry topic. Portfolios can include assignments from each Inquiry class, or artifacts from the class itself: images, articles, data– whatever material has been most significant to you.
Assembled as a Google Site or through a similar platform, the ILP is submitted as the student completes their Inquiry coursework. During their final semester in the Inquiry, students will be registered for their ILP by the Inquiry Lead. The ILP is worth one credit and graded on a Credit/No Credit basis.
About Core Inquiries
Core Inquiries give students an opportunity to apply coursework from a range of liberal arts disciplines to a common topic or question. In an Inquiry, students satisfy their Core Knowledge and Methods requirements by taking a set of courses– each connected to the Inquiry topic– and completing an Integrated Learning Portfolio. Through their Inquiry coursework, students can fulfill their Core Knowledge and Methods requirements in four or five classes (the number varies depending on which Inquiry you take), rather than six.