Public Health Major or Minor
Public Health Degrees
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.
At Carroll, our Public Health major focuses on enabling students to master analytical and assessment skills, policy planning, and communication techniques. Our Bachelor of Arts in Public Health gives students the applied and practical experience for today’s demanding public health sector. 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.
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Courses and Student Learning Objectives
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.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) fourteen of the top thirty occupations seeing the largest increase in employment between 2012-2022 are related to health care.
The BLS projects the overall job market is set to grow between 10 and 21 percent through 2022, depending on the public health field. It has been reported that America will need an additional 250,000 public health workers by 2020.
The employment site Glassdoor identified that the top jobs for 2019 were expected to be combined within two industries: healthcare and technology.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Public health is in the spotlight like never before. According to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly a third of all new wage and salary jobs, some 5 million, will be in the health care and social assistance sectors by 2022. These statistics position students receiving their Public Health degree from Carroll at an advantage of the growth in whichever industry they choose.
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