College of Health and Human Sciences
The public health major is designed to prepare students interested in careers that involve planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs for individuals, groups, and populations in a variety of settings that include worksites, hospitals, schools, and communities. As healthcare costs continue to rise in the United States, training a highly skilled public health workforce that can design and implement effective prevention programs and policies is becoming a much greater priority. Courses in this major introduce students to the five core public health competency areas (behavioral social sciences, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, and health policy and management). An internship at a worksite or in a clinical, community, or government public health setting is part of the curriculum.