Public Health

Public health careers offer diverse and challenging opportunities to those who want to make a difference in the world. Globalization in its many forms has heightened awareness of the prevalence of chronic diseases, malnutrition, and emerging infectious diseases, while the need for systems to dispense medicines, increase access to preventative services, and to provide emergency relief has never been greater in human history. Health disparities among racial and ethnic populations in the United States are a topic of public health research; poverty, cultural and language barriers, lack of insurance and healthcare access, the problems of geriatric and pediatric populations, and the crisis of opioid overuse and addiction comprise the urgent problems of public health.

Public health attracts Williams students and alumni who want to address these challenges and who want to make a difference in improving the quality of life in their local communities, states, their country and the world. A liberal arts education is the best preparation for the interdisciplinary nature of public health. From majors in sciences and social sciences to education and languages, there is a public health program for you.

Individuals seeking to apply to accredited schools and programs in public health use the SOPHAS online service. Admission timelines vary widely from school to school as do deadlines and recommendation letter requirements.

2018-2019 Application Cycle is Open!

You can begin your application on the SOPHAS webpage.  Use the ASPPH Academic Program Finder as a tool for your graduate school search or request a free Digital Viewbook to learn more about 100 ASPPH member institutions!

Visit This Is Public Health Events page to learn more about upcoming events and virtual tours.


Summer Opportunities

UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program

Visit the website for more information regarding the program and this link for additional application details.

Frontier Nursing University Courier Program

Visit the site to learn more about this 8-week rural and public health, service-learning program and for details on how to apply.


Concentration in Public Health at Williams

Did you know Williams College offers an area of concentration in Public Health?  Visit the Public Health website for more information regarding the program and course offerings.

Resources and Additional Information

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)Make sure to check our their Jobs page.

Child Family Health International – You can apply to programs in over ten countries to gain invaluable public health experience in community-based partnerships.

Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) – You can view and apply online for current openings at the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) – Duke University offers the most comprehensive portfolio of global health education programs of any university in the US. Duke prepares global health leaders with the skills to solve complex problems, and the experience of working in communities abroad, in teams and across disciplines.

Fogarty International Center-Global Health Careers – The Fogarty International Center is dedicated to advancing the mission of the National Institutes of Health by supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.

NGOs in the Field of Global Health Research – Find valuable resources, tools and funding in the field of global health research.

Pre-Professional Work Experience in Public Health – Students planning careers in the public health sector can benefit greatly from pre-professional work experience (internships, work study, study abroad and volunteering) when performing their post-graduation job searches. This guide discusses how to identify and land these opportunities, complete with expert advice and resources.

Unite for Sight-Volunteer Abroad – Volunteer abroad in an immersive global health program. Williams students may find funding through the Career Access Fund to attend the annual Global Health Conference.

Unite for Site-Global Health University – Unite For Sight is a nonprofit organization committed to excellence in global health. Unite For Sight’s Global Health University is designed to develop and nurture current and future global health leaders. Global Health University helps to effect widespread innovative change in global health through comprehensive webinars and training workshopsGlobal Health Certificate Programssocial enterprise consulting, and fellowship and internship opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.

The Journal of Public Health, What is Global Health-The Podcasts – The Journal of Global Health (JGH) is Columbia University’s premier undergraduate-run public health publication and media organization. WiGH? (pronounced “Whig”) is JGH’s new digital media initiative. Students engaged in grassroots public health activism and fieldwork too often do not have the clout to publish their work or translate their experience into social change. WiGH? seeks to amplify their voices and provide a much-needed medium for worldly, engaged scholarship.