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Public Health

Would you like to make a difference in the world? Do you care about social justice? In our programs, you will learn how to help create a society where everyone has an equal chance to be healthy. The field of public health is about both preventing disease and injury, and promoting better health among different populations of people. Our students learn how to plan, implement, evaluate and sustain public health efforts that enhance population health and eliminate health disparities – from small programs that provide direct health education to groups of people in different communities to broad-based campaigns for better public policies and laws at the local, state, national and global level.

Career Opportunities

  • Health Educator
  • Program Manager
  • Research Assistant
  • Policy Analyst
  • Client Services Coordinator
  • Program Evaluator
  • Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Health Advocate
  • Prevention Specialist
  • Patient Navigator

Undergraduate Programs

BS in Public Health, Community Health Education Concentration

Students in the B.S. in Public Health program learn how to create and implement health education programs and policies that target issues as diverse as cancer, obesity, sexuality, osteoporosis, violence, maternal and child health, substance abuse, adolescent health, stress and many more. With an emphasis on improving health outcomes among underserved populations, the B.S. in Public Health program prepares graduates for careers in public health settings such as health departments, nonprofits, hospitals, insurance companies, and government agencies.

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Minor in Public Health

Open to any student, the 18-credit Minor in Public Health provides students with basic knowledge about the social and economic determinants of health as well as how to promote healthier behaviors among different populations. Because health is always a hot topic in the news, and healthcare is one of the nation’s largest employment sectors, a public health minor is relevant not only to students in health-related majors such as biology or psychology, but also to those in communications and journalism, political science, history, business, education, and many others.

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Graduate Programs

MPH in Public Health, Community Health Education Concentration

The 42-credit Master of Public Health program prepares culturally and professionally competent leaders in community health education by providing an interdisciplinary academic and experiential program with a focus on social justice.  The program accepts students with a variety of undergraduate degrees and professional backgrounds, including science, health, the arts, history, communications, law and more.

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