Public Health, B.S.

The Public Health major prepares you for a rewarding career improving health in your community and making a positive difference in the world.

Public health is the art and science of improving health through collective efforts of the community. The Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health offers an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum and provides students with practical skills for success in a variety of public health fields or graduate degree programs.

As a Public Health Major, you will:

  • Understand the public health approach to improving the health of communities
  • Learn practical and theoretical strategies for promoting health and preventing disease
  • Apply analytic and communication skills, research, and theory to real world public health problems
  • Benefit from small class sizes and faculty with years of experience in public health practice
  • Complete field based internships to prepare you for jobs after graduation

Program Fact Sheet Program Curriculum

Career Opportunities in Public Health

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health is one of the fastest growing majors in the country and the Association of Schools of Public Health anticipates a shortage of 250,000 public health employees nationwide by 2020. Some of the many possible career paths you could take with a Bachelor’s in Public Health include:

  • Health educator in a public health organization, agency, or in a company
  • Health promotion program coordinator
  • Program specialist for disease prevention in a health department
  • Infection control and prevention in a healthcare facility
  • Research assistant in a nonprofit or academic organization
  • Health policy development and analysis
  • Health communication assistant in an insurance company, health department, or hospital

The Bachelor’s in Public Health also prepares students for:

  • Training fellowships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a state epidemiologic service fellowship
  • Service programs such as: Peace Corps, AmeriCorps or FoodCorps.
  • Graduate training in Public Health, Occupational Health, Environmental Health, or Healthcare Administration, or Healthcare fields

Plan of Study

Our interdisciplinary curriculum has a strong foundation in liberal arts and sciences and is designed to meet the core competencies of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

  • Core public health courses:
    • Social and behavioral Health
    • Epidemiology
    • Global and Multicultural Health
    • Environmental health
    • Statistics
    • Nutrition
    • Health Policy
    • Research Methods
  • General Education courses provide foundational skills in the liberal arts, writing, and critical thinking
  • Experiential learning: The program culminates in a community based internship and capstone project

Internship Opportunities

During their internships, students spend time each week on site in a community health agency or organization. Organizations in which students have completed internships include:

  • Local Departments of Public Health
  • State of Connecticut Department of Public Health
  • Francis Health Care Partners
  • Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program Offices
  • YMCA Centers
  • Hartford Food System
  • Central Connecticut Area Health Education Center
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Injury Prevention Program
  • And more!

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