Field Studies in Public Health (FSPH): CFS 392-0

Class Type: Variable Credit (1-4 units)

Academic Focus: Public Health in American society today

What you need to know:

  • Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
  • Offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarter
  • FSPH (392-0) is a weekly 3 hour class typically held on the Evanston campus
  • Class day and time are determined quarterly by polling class participants, with class times set once polling is complete
  • Class can be taken for 1,2,3, or 4 credits (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Internship time commitment varies from 8-36 hours/week (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Students work with their employer to negotiate internship hours that are compatible with their class schedule
  • Classes may have mandatory field trips that require students’ absence from their internship
  • You are able to take other classes while participating in this CFS concentration if you need to. However, we strongly recommend that students take no more than 2 other classes. Students participating for 4 units of credit are expected to dedicate their quarter exclusively to their CFS class and internship
  • This class will count one credit toward Weinberg Distribution Requirement for Area III: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Description

Field Studies in Public Health was developed for students interested in health-related fields, including public health, medicine, and health policy. In this course, students will learn the broad definition of Public Health and its history, and will explore the complexity of this field by examining current public health issues such as food safety, gun violence, and healthcare reform. The course will provide students an opportunity to consider how the theory and ideology of public health square up with the practice of this field at their internship sites.

By the end of the quarter, students will be able to:

  • Define “Public Health” and its major areas of focus, citing and describing a range of health institutions and organizations in Chicago.
  • Identify critical issues in public health, including key challenges that public health institutions and organizations face today, and evaluate the role of the academy in helping address these challenges.
  • Compare and contrast theoretical arguments about Public Health to internship experiences in the field.
  • Exhibit sharpened writing and revising skills.
2017-2018 Instructor: Lauren Keenan-Devlin 

Types of Internships that relate to the Field Studies in Public Health class:

(Opportunities in other fields are also available)

For orientation, internship run, and midterm meeting dates, as well as other program obligations, please see the Important Program Dates page