Public Health

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.


Student Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for students in the Public Health Program are set by the National Consortium for Health Science Education:

1.    Foundational Knowledge of Public Health and Health Sciences: Students will gain foundational knowledge for proficiency in basic epidemiologic principles, including diseases and disorders, surveillance techniques, statistical applications, and data presentation.

2.    Communication Skills: Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills both individually and in groups.

3.    Healthcare Delivery Systems: Students will be able to identify how various healthcare systems affect the services they provide and quality of care delivered.

4.    Employability Skills: Students will demonstrate key employability skills including development of resumes, personal statements, and interview skills.

5.    Legal and Ethical Responsibilities:  Students will understand accepted ethical practices with respect to regulations, polices, laws and legislative rights of citizens.

6.         Health Care Maintenance:  Students will understand the fundamentals of wellness, healthy behaviors, and the prevention of disease