B.S. In Public Health

Covid-19 has thrust Public Health into the spotlight, yet the domain of public health includes many critical issues, including mental health, obesity, and gun violence. From the first quarantines to the modern movement toward universal health care, Public Health has fundamentally shaped societies. Students will learn the role of the state in public health, the importance of public health, and how it’s provided and practiced.

Public Health students explore the key concepts of Epidemiology — the branch of medicine that deals with the incidence, distribution, and control of a disease — and how they apply to multiple domains of public health.

Health Services – the means by which healthcare is provided – is another critical concept that students will dive into. Students will explore the history and evolution of healthcare systems and policies, evaluating their strengths and weaknesses and envisioning an ideal health services system in the context of current events.

Students will also evaluate the health impact of political decisions and develop a broad knowledge base about the practice of Public Health today, including an analysis of several current topics in public health – including COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, and the obesity epidemic.

The hands-on curriculum teaches a variety of tools for understanding the impact that disease or other Public Health concerns may have on a population. Students will learn how to design effective surveys, analyze geographic data, and use qualitative information with the ultimate goal of understanding how events may affect public health, and how our leaders can nurture, protect, and sustain healthy populations.

Course Requirements

Students pursuing this major must complete the requirements linked below.

An Overview of the Public Health Major

Learn more about Public Health in this informative video with Instructional Designer Alyssa Cai

Why Choose This Degree?

If you want to have a career in a growing field, and a positive impact on the lives and health of your community and your world, a Public Health degree is the right answer for you. Public Health careers are expanding at every level, from hospitals and local county health departments to national healthcare expansions and international public health cooperation opening jobs across the country. The median annual salary for Healthcare Administrators is $100K.

What Can I Do After Graduation?

Public Health is a large and growing sector, where skill leaders are always in demand.

Career pathways include:

  • Health & Safety Specialist
  • Occupational Health & Safety Specialist
  • Public Health Law
  • Public Health Administrator
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“I loved the GC Honors program and Greensboro College. I felt safe and a sense of genuine belonging at the college. I worked closely with my thesis advisor and professors who helped inspire me to define my path and passion of interest. That path has led me to my doctoral studies in Engineering Mechanics.”

- Joshua Fitzgerald, Class of ’19, Mathematics Major

Joshua currently studies astrodynamics at Virginia Tech University and is an Engineering Mechanics Ph.D. Candidate.