The Bachelor of Science in public health prepares you to plan, implement and evaluate public health programs for individuals, groups and populations in worksites, schools, communities and beyond. With increasing challenges posed by climate change, altered family dynamics, substance abuse, growing health disparities and rising healthcare costs, training highly skilled public health professionals is becoming increasingly important. Courses in the major will introduce you to the four core public health competency areas: behavioral social sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, and health policy and management. As part of the curriculum, you’ll also complete an internship at a worksite, community group or government public health department.

After completing the Bachelor of Science degree in public health, you will be prepared for a variety of entry-level positions in public health areas. You may also choose to go on to graduate or professional school in public health, nursing, occupational or physical therapy, or medicine.

Career Opportunities

Through the public health major, you can prepare to take your next step in a wide range of careers, from local government to nonprofit organizations and beyond. Below are just a few of the career opportunities available to you upon graduation:

  • Chronic disease health educator
  • Community health worker
  • Health coach for a worksite or community center
  • Health communications specialist
  • Health education specialist
  • Health informatics specialist
  • Healthcare navigator
  • Infection disease outbreak investigator
  • Outreach specialist
  • Public health management analyst
  • Quality improvement analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Worksite wellness director

Potential Areas of Advanced Study

Learning Experiences

  • Complete a required 400-hour internship in local, national or global locations.
  • Participate in departmental study abroad opportunities to explore public health across cultures.
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