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Disease affects all of us, and all of us can play a role in combatting disease. Whether by raising money for cancer research, educating children about healthy living, attending to the sick or serving as a medical professional, we can all help prevent illness or care for its victims. At Drew, there are many opportunities to understand and take action on the effect that diseases have on individuals, families and society—both close to home and globally.

How to Get Involved

Classes

Here are a few classes that may be of interest to you. For descriptions of these classes, and for others related to this issue, please see the course catalog at drew.edu/catalog.

  • ANTH 301: Medical Anthropology
  • BIOL 103: Microbes in Health and Disease
  • BIOL 330: Emerging Infectious Disease
  • ECON 230: Economics of Health and Health Care
  • HIST 371: Disease in History
  • PH 201: Public Health
  • PH 340: Epidemiology
  • PH 370: Medical Geographies
  • SOC 311: Sociology of Health and Illness

Clubs

COLLEGES AGAINST CANCER

Is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty and staff dedicated to saving lives from cancer by supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities. CAC’s strategic directions focus on advocacy, cancer education, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and survivorship.

DREW EMS

Promotes health and wellness within the Drew community as well as in surrounding communities. It provides a team of students to act as first responders in conjunction with Drew University Public Safety to help those in need of emergency medical services.

Contact: To learn more and get involved, email stuactiv@drew.edu or call 973.408.3924.

DREW UNIVERSITY PRE-MED SOCIETY (DUPMS)

Provides guidance and direction for students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. DUPMS sponsors a variety of informative events, including open houses and question-and-answer sessions with prominent members of the medical community.

Contact: To get involved, email Brianne Barker, PhD bbarker@drew.edu or stuactiv@drew.edu or call 973.408.3924.

Community Partners

MADISON VOLUNTEER AMBULANCE CORPS

Responds when help is called for. Their mission is “to save human life, relieve suffering of the injured, promote safety in all its branches and provide ambulance service for those in need, principally in the Borough of Madison, New Jersey.” The organization is always looking for new volunteers; to apply, visit www.madisonems.org and download and submit the membership form.

Contact: webmaster@madisonems.org or 973.377.2229

MADISON DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Seeks to promote, protect and ensure conditions for optimal health for the Madison community through leadership, partnership, prevention and response.

Contact: Lisa Gulla, Health Officer, Madison Department of Public Health,at 973.593.3079.

Other Information

PUBLIC HEALTH MINOR

Contact: Jonathan Reader, PhDjreader@drew.edu or 973.408.3408To learn more: drew.edu/undergraduate/what-you-learn/publichealth