Professionals working in the public health field focus their attention on preventing illness and disease.

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Improve Community Health

Public Health is a wide and varied field of medicine. Professionals working in the public health field focus their attention on preventing illness and disease. Work is done in federal, state, and local health departments; non-governmental organizations and non-profit groups; health centers and research institutions; and in worksite wellness programs. Pay ranges from the low 30s to over $100,000 depending on experience and specialty.

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Public Health have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Health Educator

Health educators promote healthy lifestyles by creating wellness plans and strategies and helping people adopt those plans and help them improve their overall well-being.


Epidemiologists’ focus is on the cause of diseases, how to control the spread of diseases, and help identify those who are at risk of diseases.

Contact Tracer

Contact tracers help locate people who have been infected with contagious diseases and help them isolate to prevent the further spread of the disease. They then work with those infected to determine who they were in contact with while infected in order to help control the spread of the disease.

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All degree related careers can be found in I-plan, along with related salary information.

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete 39 credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if Public Health is right for you, take the following classes first:

  • HS 240Intro to Public Health 
  • HS 285 — Hospital and Health Administration


Interested in this major? Contact Advising to discuss your questions, degree options, and Grad Plan.

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The Advising Office can help with degree planning and preparation. To declare your major or minor, plan classes, or find out who your advisor is, visit the Advising homepage.

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