Public Health

Public Health


At Carroll, the Public Health major focuses on enabling students to master analytical and assessment skills, policy planning, and communication techniques. Our program gives students the applied and practical experience for today’s demanding public health sector.

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About the Program

Our Public Health degree covers the fundamentals of community health and epidemiology and offers students the chance to build important assessment and management skills. 

How? You’ll have the chance to take part in significant, cutting-edge research relevant to health-related issues affecting the community every day.

As you pursue your bachelor’s in public health, you'll take courses that will teach you how to crunch crucial global health data and interpret those statistics, spot potential health hazards, understand public consensus to change, and even seek funding for community-wide initiatives. In the past, public health majors have completed projects that evaluated topics ranging from the cancer risks of indoor tanning to the investigation of an arsenic-contaminated watershed. You’ll have the opportunity to test your knowledge, gather your own evidence, and identify real-world solutions as part of your studies.

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Carroll’s liberal arts focus offers a well-rounded and deep education that prepares students for the industry of their choice. Our small class sizes guarantee individualized attention and a unique educational partnership with professors. We are passionate about the work we do and will work tirelessly to help you achieve your goals with a public health degree.

Health Sciences students


The PH 321 Gardening and Community Health helped Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church put in drip irrigation for their Food Share garden, grown to donate to Helena Food Share to distribute in Helena.

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Unlimited Possibilities

Why Health Sciences or Public Health at Carroll?

The Health Sciences Dept includes pre-professional training for a wide variety of healthcare fields that include physical therapist, occupational therapist, physician’s assistant, chiropractor, athletic trainer, health educator, healthcare manager, dietitian, environmental hygiene specialist, etc. These areas of study focus on treating and supporting patients beyond the scope of a doctor or nurse.

These programs give a great foundation if you're interested in a career that involves human health. Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of these programs, many of the courses fulfill the requirements for entry into competitive graduate and professional programs. Some of our grads apply and are accepted into these programs, while others seek work experience after graduation.

Your future in Health Sciences

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that nearly a third of all new wage and salary jobs (5.0 million) between 2012-2022 will be in the health care and social assistance sectors.  The BLS also finds that fourteen of the 30 occupations with the largest percentage increases in employment between 2012 and 2022 are related to healthcare.

A Carroll College degree in the health sciences opens the door to a range of career opportunities, including graduate or professional school, as well as positions in state or county health departments and laboratories.


Sports Medicine Partnership

The Health Sciences program has partnered with the Carroll Athletic Trainer Program to offer three different opportunities for field experience within Sports Medicine.

Civic Engagement

HS/PH major Heidi Hohmann was awarded the George M. Dennison Civic Engagement Scholarship by the Montana Campus Compact for her tireless investment in community service through her work with Special Olympics, animal welfare, and children.

NASPA Presentation

This winter, five Carroll Health Sciences and Public Health students traveled to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to attend and present at the Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) General Assembly. This is a conference of over 300 college students sharing ideas on how to make campuses healthier and more supportive for students.

Awards Galore

Health Sciences Departmental Award recognizes juniors and seniors majoring in Health Sciences or Public Health who have demonstrated excellent scholarship a Carroll and in their required major courses.

Through a curated blending of courses in natural science, mathematics, social science and philosophy, our public health majors will be ready to:

  • Pursue their chosen health profession after obtaining the specialized classroom and practical learning skills needed to better understand and advocate for healthier outcomes locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Demonstrate the relationship-building skills needed to successfully work among a diverse population from youth programs to eldercare while establishing credibility and trust with other health professionals, social workers, community groups, and lawmakers.
  • Master the communication of healthcare data and findings in an organized, clear, and compelling manner through a variety of media channels.

To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Public Health major, a student must earn a grade of “C-“ or better in all required courses. A lesser grade in any of these courses must be replaced before the Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in Public Health will be granted. In addition, lesser grades in any of these courses preclude taking subsequent courses for which the deficient courses are prerequisites.

Professional Educational Outcomes

The professional educational objectives of the public health degree program are to produce graduates who have:

  • The specialized knowledge, skills, and global perspective necessary to pursue a future in their chosen profession.
  • The practical experience needed to facilitate their entry into the health career of their choice.
  • The evidence-based perspectives necessary for today’s local, national, and global health challenges and solutions.

Health is in the spotlight like never before. According to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be around 2.6 million new jobs in health related fields between 2020 and 2030. Overall employment of health education specialists and community health workers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. These statistics position students receiving their Public Health degree from Carroll at an advantage of the growth in whichever industry they choose.

Need for Workers in Health-Related Fields

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) health related careers are expected to see large increases in employment between by 2030.

In the last eight years, healthcare has seen the largest increase in employment of any industry, opening the door to a range of career opportunities for you that include:

  • Public educator
  • Health promotion programmer
  • Epidemiology assistant
  • Environmental educator
  • Community organizer
  • Wellness consultant
  • Worksite wellness director

When we award a financial aid package it is not just to get you here, it is a four-year commitment to see you graduate and succeed. Every year you will have the opportunity to meet with financial aid, renew your goals, explore opportunities for on-campus work, and make sure you are on track with any borrowing. Find out more

See the cost of attendance information for full-time students.

Students with different financial backgrounds choose to attend Carroll College every year. There are many ways to fund your college experience and invest in your education and future. Find out more

We are happy to answer any questions you may have! Request information or call us at (406) 447-4384.

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