Nationally, in 2007, 18,858 of 42,315 applicants (44.6 percent) to allopathic medical schools were accepted.
Lee Abrahamsen, chair of the Medical Studies Committee and an associate professor of biology, notes that students at Bates and elsewhere show an increasing interest in graduate programs in public health. "That reflects the growing perception of health as a global issue that has to be understood from many perspectives," she says.
In response, Bates has developed a four-course public health concentration as part of its new general education curriculum.
"Emerging infections, pollution, antibiotic resistance, who can or should be immunized -- even laws that require car seats for children -- are all public health issues," Abrahamsen notes. "So public health is multidisciplinary, and including it in the curriculum allows our students to use what they learn from courses, travel, community engagement and other experiences to approach important issues that affect everybody."
During the last two years, Bates applicants to allopathic and osteopathic programs have been 15 percent neuroscience majors, 24 percent biology majors, 29 percent biochemistry majors, 10 percent psychology and 22 percent other majors including art, philosophy, chemistry, English and religion.
|SOURCE Bates College|
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