Public Health Degree Options

at Saint Francis University

  •   Public Health Student Presentors

    Is Public Health for you?

    The field of public health is wide-ranging; it offers so many varied and diverse opportunities that there’s virtually a career for everyone. From addressing the burden of disease to minimizing the consequences of disasters; from promoting sanitation, safe food, and water to fighting for healthcare equity, quality and accessibility, public health professionals are vital front-line leaders. You can find more information at WhatisPublicHealth.org - Frequently Asked Questions.

    Degree Options

    At Saint Francis University, you can earn a B.S. or a B.A. degree in public health. The B.S. option prepares students to move immediately into rewarding public health careers or further graduate training in public health, while the B.A. degree is an ideal choice for students desiring a general exposure to the principles of public health. A concentration in pre-professional studies is also available, which prepares students for careers in law, political science, medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary sciences, and more.

    Public Health, Bachelor of Science - The Public Health Bachelor of Science degree prepares students to move immediately into rewarding public health careers or further graduate training in public health.

    Public Health, Bachelor of Arts - The Public Health Bachelor of Arts degree offers a broad, well-rounded understanding of health and wellness from social ecology and population-based perspective. 

    Public Health Minor - The Public Health Minor is available to any student in any undergraduate major at Saint Francis University. The minor provides an opportunity for developing an understanding of concepts of health and disease, epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention, and global health, helping to enhance the student’s marketability in the work-force.

    Why Study Public Health at SFU?

    This is a time of dramatic growth in the public health field. Never before has there been such broad awareness and concern about the issues that affect the health of society. By 2020, it’s expected that 250,000 additional public health workers will be needed to meet the nation’s healthcare needs. As a result, public health is one of the five most rapidly growing undergraduate majors nationally. 

    While public health careers continue to grow at exponential rates, now is the time to consider a degree in public health. You need look no further than your local newspaper to find compelling reasons to study public health now; violence, infectious disease, bioterrorism, obesity, natural disasters, global warming, substance abuse, and health care costs are just some of the many complex health issues contributing to the rapid growth of the public health field and anticipated future shortages of public health workers.
    Saint Francis University is a vibrant campus set in the midst of the beautiful Allegheny Mountains. The close-knit college community allows for an intimate educational experience where students receive personalized attention and can benefit from close relationships with their faculty. The Saint Francis University public health major offers an education in the liberal arts tradition, emphasizing personal and professional ethics. Whether you plan to enter the workforce after graduation or continue to graduate and professional programs, a Saint Francis University public health degree will provide the foundation to help you achieve your goals.

    Career Possibilities

    Whether you prefer crunching numbers, want to work with people, or research is your thing, there’s a public health career for you. With your public health degree, you can move immediately into a rewarding public health career. Still more options are available to those interested in further graduate study or specialized training. For example, a public health degree can serve as the foundation for careers in law, political science, medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary sciences, and more.

    • Behavioral Science/Health Education
    • Biostatistics
    • Emergency Response and Preparedness
    • Environmental Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Health Services Administration/Management 
    • Health Policy
    • International/Global Health
    • Laboratory Practice
    • Maternal and Child Health
    • Nutrition/Dietetics
    • Occupational Health and Safety
    For more employment opportunities, check out Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Top Jobs.

     

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