Kristi Storti, Director
Scott Decker, Assistant Director
A major in Public Health will provide flexibility and personalized options based upon the student’s career goals and graduate education aspirations. Students learn to improve health through a multidisciplined core curriculum grounded in the social, natural and health sciences. Upon completion of the program, students will understand the science of human health, epidemiology of infectious and chronic diseases as well as complications of the US and global health care systems with regard to access and ethics of disparity in health care delivery. Through advising, students are encouraged to acquire a minor or a certificate with their electives that will enhance their knowledge in a specific area related to Public Health. These include but are not limited to: Anthropology; Applied Statistics; Biology; Community Health; Economics; Exercise Science; Geography; Global Health; LGBT&Q Studies; Nutrition; Psychology; Regional Planning; Safety, Health, and Environmental Sciences; Sociology; Spanish; and Women’s and Gender Studies. Students will receive academic advisement, depending on their career plans, to assist with the selection of controlled electives in their progression to graduation. A career in public health opens the door to diverse opportunities in a variety of sectors such as federal, state, and local organizations, private, and non-governmental organizations. Professional jobs related to public health include Health Education, Research Assistant, Wellness/Health Coach, Medical Social Workers and more. Many graduates choose to further education in a master’s degree program such as Health Services Administration or a Master of Public Health (MPH).
The total credits required is 120. Students must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a “C” or better in all of the required core Public Health courses.