Public Health Major or Minor

Public Health Major/Minor

The Field
The Carroll College Public Health program is designed for students interested in careers in community or public health.  As part of their studies, students in the Public Health program learn the fundamentals of community health assessment, program management, health intervention evaluation, grant writing, coalition building, and community organizing, as well as the foundations of public health and epidemiology.   

During their time at Carroll College, Public Health students will gain the specialized knowledge, skills, and global perspective they need to pursue their chosen health profession as well as practical experience that will supplement their academic work and facilitate their entry into their chosen health career.

The Program
The Public Health program offers courses delivered by a variety of academic departments, including natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and philosophy. Students also have the chance to take part in significant, cutting-edge research into relevant health-related issues affecting our community. Recently two students completed projects that investigated an arsenic contaminated watershed, while another researched the effects of indoor tanning on the risk of developing skin cancer.

The Possibilities

Graduates of the Public Health program are prepared for careers in a field that’s projected to undergo significant growth, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting 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 thirty occupations with the largest percentage increases in employment between 2012-2022 are related to healthcare.

A degree in Public Health opens the door to a range of career opportunities, including

  • Public health educator
  • Health promotion programmer
  • Corporate wellness director
  • Alcohol educator
  • Cardiovascular fitness specialist
  • HIV/AIDS educator
  • Cancer information specialist
  • Epidemiology assistant 
  • Community organizer
  • Domestic violence educator
  • Elder services director
  • Environmental educator
  • Events coordinator
 

 

  • Grant writer
  • Patient educator
  • Program evaluator
  • Sex educator
  • Safety educator
  • Teen outreach coordinator
  • Tobacco educator
  • Wellness consultant
  • Women's health director
  • Men's health director
  • Youth program specialist 
  • Worksite wellness director

Program Goals

  1. To provide students with the specialized knowledge, skills, and global perspective they need to pursue their chosen health profession.
  2. To offer students practical experience that will supplement their academic work and facilitate their entry into a chosen health career.
  3. To foster evidence-based perspectives of local, national, and global health challenges and solutions.