Stewart Memorial Library

Center for Health & Society

The Coe College Center for Health & Society

The Coe College Center for Health & Society (CHS) enables an intentional health focus across the liberal arts and facilitates dialogue on the future of healthcare. It provides advising, mentoring and preparation space for Coe students to explore and pursue careers in clinical healthcare and mental health. It also offers opportunities and support for students of the liberal arts to integrate elements of health and care within their area of interest. These efforts result in students who are leaders in a rapidly expanding, multi-disciplinary future of caring for the well-being of others. The CHS also fosters productive relationships with local leaders in health, increases Coe’s reputation as the preferred liberal-arts choice for pre-health prospective students and helps expand health-related graduate outcomes with improved networks and advising. These efforts lead to a robust, unique educational experience within a thriving community. 

What advantages does CHS allow students during their time at Coe?

  • Points of entry into the healthcare industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors in the American economy that is estimated to add 2.4 million jobs by the year 2029
  • Preclinical academic support, from convocation to graduation
  • Career paths and connections in health, caring and well-being within any major
  • Personalized, individual support in outlining and securing a future that fits each student’s background, passions, and interests
  • Community connections at collegiate, regional, and national levels
  • Connection to resources for mental health, navigating college and finding success
  • A location adjacent to the MedQuarter Regional Medical District, allowing easy access to internships, job shadows and immersion courses. UnityPoint Health, located across the street from campus, was named a Top 150 Place to Work in Healthcare in the nation in 2023.

Med Quarter Map with Coe


What majors at Coe connect to health?

Any major at Coe College could lead to a career related to health, caring, well-being, or healthcare. CHS provides advising, builds connections, and facilitates the pursuit of a range of career paths that suit a student’s individual strengths.

How can I connect with the CHS?

Along the left-side of the screen, under the menu, you'll find our office hours--there are options for dropping in and making an appointment ahead of time. You may also contact us via email at We look forward to connecting with you!

Sharon Guthrie

Sharon Guthrie, B.S.N., M.S.N., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Nursing, Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Health & Society


Margaret LeMay

Margaret LeMay

Assistant Professor of English,
Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Health & Society 

Learn more about The Center for Health & Society with…

…Mary Jeanne Krob, M.D. '73

…Tony Patterson '70

…Paula Kocher Barnes '77

…Malika Wilson '17

…Dustin Arnold, M.D. '91