Global Diseases

Every 30 seconds a child dies from malaria. Every 20 seconds an individual dies from tuberculosis. Millions of other people die each year from AIDS, cancer, heart disease, dysentery, influenza, cholera, Courtesy of Heather A. Cookand other diseases. Cedar Crest College has an opportunity for you to help reduce misery and mortality around the world: a minor in Global Diseases that can be linked with virtually any major on campus. Choose the discipline (major) that you love, and then use it to address the challenges of global diseases.

What Is Your Chosen Path & How Can You Make A Difference?

  • Genetic Engineering: conduct research to identify biological mechanisms employed by pathogens
  • Political Science: push important issues within the halls of Congress
  • Economics: propose changes to raise the quality of life and health care
  • Mathematics: decipher the complexities of epidemics with calculus and statistical analyses
  • Marketing: convey to the public the needs of others
  • Chemistry: develop methods to remove toxic chemicals from populated areas
  • Nursing: provide medical care for those in need
  • History: help the current population understand the severity of past pandemics
  • Business Administration: develop businesses that create clean water for those without
  • Biodiversity & Conservation Biology: track down animal hosts of newly emerged pathogens
  • Media Studies: create a media campaign that encourages philanthropy
  • Social Work: work with children and adults within an African village to help them avoid serious diseases
  • Nutrition: promote public health through education and food preparation
  • Psychology: expand our understanding of the relationship between stress and disease
  • Neuroscience: search for cures for diseases of the brain
  • English and Theatre: tell the story of all those who have lost the battle against disease

    ••• Link these or other majors with a minor in Global Diseases to make our world a better place in which to live.

Jennifer Weinberg '02 involved with public health and education in Thailand.

Cedar Crest Alumnae Meeting the Challenges

Many of our alumnae have used their education and experiences to address the challenges of global diseases. They have chosen different paths, but their ultimate goal is the same: to reduce misery and mortality around the world. Numerous paths exist, some yet to be traveled. In the end, the outcome reflects hard work and a sincere interest in making a difference in this world.

Last Updated: 7/31/12