The Public Health major prepares students to plan, implement, and evaluate 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 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.
The goal of the program is to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of public health areas. Some students choose to pursue graduate or professional education. Students with the goal of earning a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree now have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated 5-year program through the College of Health and Human Sciences; the accelerated option can potentially eliminate one year of tuition costs and allow an additional year in the workforce.
In addition to entering the workforce and pursuing Public Health, students pursue graduate/professional school in other areas such as nursing, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), physician assistant (PA) and medicine. Graduates of the undergraduate program are eligible to sit for the ACSM/NPAS Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS) Exam and the NCHEC Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam.
Plan of Study
Related Career Interests
Athletics Environment and Ecology Healthcare Marketing, Advertising, Communication, and Writing Public Service or Social Sciences
Careers in Public Health
Typically, the employment rate for graduates from the Department of Health and Kinesiology is 94%.
- Worksite Wellness Director
- Outreach Specialist
- Health Education Specialist
- Public Health Management Analyst
- Health Communications Specialist
- Chronic Disease Health Educator
Transfer to Public Health
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Also: Completion of college-level Biology or Chemistry course with a C or higher.
Contact InformationHHS Undergraduate Student Services