The School of Public Health offers an undergraduate degree in Public Health Science, which combines a robust curriculum in the natural sciences with training in the basic fields of public health. The Public Health Science major provides students with interdisciplinary training that is essential to recognizing and addressing public health issues at the state, national and global levels.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Public Health Science major?
- The Public Health Science major provides students interested in careers in health professions with interdisciplinary training that is essential to recognizing and addressing public health issues at the state, national and global levels.
- The Public Health Science major places dual emphasis on the study of science and public health, requiring students to complete significant coursework in both areas.
- Students will have the opportunity for individual exploration in public health through electives, laboratory experiences, optional internships, and a culminating interdisciplinary capstone course.
Is this program for me?
- Are you interested in science? Are you interested in public health? Are you planning a career in medicine, research, or an allied health profession? If so, then this program could be a good fit for you. Students who declare Public Health Science as their major can expect a course of study that is heavy in scientific rigor and balanced with public health courses.
- This degree will enable students entering the allied health professions, as well as medicine, dentistry, nursing, and pharmacy to address the growing health challenges facing communities and populations in today’s world.
What can I do with a Public Health Science degree?
With a degree in Public Health Science, you can follow many career paths, from allied health professions to medical school. More specifically, graduates can:
- Pursue degrees in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and allied health professions, such as occupational and physical therapy
- Continue with graduate work to earn Masters, Ph.D., or MPH degrees in such disciplines as biostatistics and epidemiology, environmental health, health services and policy, as well as behavioral sciences.
- Work in interdisciplinary teams, both governmental and nongovernmental, at the local, state, national, and international levels in disease prevention, environmental protection, and health promotion.