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Health Sciences

Public Health

What is Public Health?

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases. Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations.

Students majoring in public health will:

  • Understand the basic concepts, methods and tools of public health data collection use and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice.
  • Develop thorough understanding of the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
  • Demonstrate problem solving skills by applying, analyzing, and synthesizing content knowledge to design, implement, and evaluate public health projects.
  • Understand the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the US healthcare system; analyze and evaluate different healthcare systems in other countries.
  • Understand and interpret concepts of legal, ethical, economic and regulatory dimensions of healthcare and public health policy and the roles, influences and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government.

Career for public health majors:

Public health is a rapidly expanding field with the 10-year employment and career outlook opportunities greater than average for each segment of the healthcare industry, according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics. B.S. in Public Health graduates and those who go on to graduate study can pursue a variety of roles including:

  • Public health analysts and advisors
  • Hospital administrators
  • Epidemiologists
  • Biostatisticians
  • Health inspectors and educators
  • Health communication and marketing specialists
  • Public health professionals in a variety of roles
  • Nurses
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physicians
  • Physician Assistants

BS in Public Health Curriculum:

The BSPH curriculum has foundational science courses with specified public health courses that focus on the social, environmental, and behavioral determinants of health, including educational and interventional strategies to reduce health disparities, improve healthcare equity, quality, and access for individuals, families and communities.

Public Health Major Requirements and Downloadable Curriculum Sheets (Current Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors) or Downloadable Curriculum Sheets (Freshmen and Prospective Students). 

If you are a prospective undergraduate student interested in pursuing a degree in Public Healthplease contact the Admissions Office at (978)-837-5100 or admission@merrimack.edu.