UST Explorer

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Month: April 2017

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  • Work with you to plan an academic program that is in line with your interests and abilities.
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  • Interpret academic policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • Help you identify other opportunities in addition to coursework – such as community service, undergraduate research, and study abroad – that provide valuable experience and enhance your marketability once you graduate.

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Minor Spotlight: Public Health

Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private sectors, communities, and individuals.

The minor in Public Health at UD provides an interdisciplinary opportunity to develop practical skills in program development and increase knowledge in the areas of social systems, policy, and leadership. This 18 credit minor is available to students in any discipline. Students complete three core introductory courses —  HLPR211: Public Health, HLPR222: Epidemiology, and HLPR233: Global Health — as well as three other upper level classes.

According to, public health professionals analyze and develop programs that protect the health of individuals, families and communities in the United States and abroad. Using education, development of healthy lifestyles, research and program implementation, public health professionals are agents for disease prevention and health promotion.


Student Spotlight: Laura Koffenberger

As a Delaware resident, Laura Koffenberger knew the University of Delaware had a very good reputation, and it was important to her to remain in close proximity to her family. She came to UD as an undeclared student because she didn’t know which major to choose and wanted to take classes in many different subject areas.

Laura declared her major in Accounting in the fall of junior year after researching various majors and taking UNIV117: Navigating Your Academic Path. She found the class helpful because it provided structured time each week to determine which majors best suited her. Academic advisor and UST peer liaison coordinator Sharon Grayson said Laura has been a real asset to the program. She will definitely be missed when she graduates this spring.

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