Public Health, B.S.

Welcome to the Public Health program at the USJ!

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health offers an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum and prepares students to identify health needs of communities, promote health, and reduce health disparities.

Public health is the science and art of preventing disease and promoting health through organized community effort. Whereas traditional medical fields treat individuals as the patient, public health focuses on the health of communities and populations.

See why our Public Health program is right for you:

Public Health teaches marketable skills for the 21st century!

Students will gain practical skills to be competitive in the job market and graduate school, including:

  • Knowledge of public health history and theories
  • Health promotion strategies
  • Strong communication skills
  • Hands-on internship experiences
  • Analytic skills for research and evaluation

From Classroom to Career

By 2020, there is expected to be a shortage of 250,000 health care workers nationwide. The world needs more trained public health specialists. Offering an entry-level baccalaureate degree is strongly supported by the Council on Public Health Education, and the University of Saint Joseph is leading this trend of undergraduate public health education. Public health professionals will continue to be in high demand and the outlook for job placement is high. Possible careers include:

  • Health educator with a wellness program
  • Food policy analyst
  • Research assistant with a nonprofit organization
  • Health communication and marketing assistant for an insurance company, HMO, or hospital
  • Program specialist for disease prevention
  • Further training in service programs such as: Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or FoodCorps.
  • Participating in a CDC training fellowship
  • Graduate School: You will be well-prepared for many graduate programs, including a Master's in Public Health.


What is the Plan of Study?

The program has been designed to meet the 2011 core competencies of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) and is aligned with the recommended critical component elements of an undergraduate major in Public Health offered by the Association of Schools of Public Health. The interdisciplinary curriculum has a strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences.

  • Core courses: global and multicultural health, statistics, epidemiology, environmental health, food and nutrition science, health communication, health policy and management, and social and behavioral sciences
  • Capstone courses and internship experiences

The B.S. in Public Health prepares students to make a positive difference in the world. The program is directly in line with the Mercy mission and core values of service and compassion for others. Join an exciting field where professionals work to protect and improve the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Mullins, Ph.D., Director of Public Health.

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