Why are people sick? Why are whole communities sicker than others? What can be changed to make a community healthier, both physically and mentally?
Public health looks further than the biological factors that affect community health in order to identify societal issues that contribute to a healthy community. Informed by health education, biostatistics, environmental health, epidemiology, intervention, and health services administration, public health professionals bring information, awareness, and solutions to families and communities to improve their health and wellness.
If you are passionate about people, health, and social justice, a major in Public Health could give you analytical and personal approaches, leveraged by the expertise of several health-related professions, to address critical family and community health issues.
Public Health majors learn to address the causes of poor health and human diseases, analyze societal health problems, use community data to develop solutions for health issues, and serve communities in health-related areas. In a semester-long senior capstone, you will work with fellow Public Health majors to develop a system of improvement for the common welfare of a community.
Community and global health classes are supplemented by a variety of classes in Christian ministries, environmental science, economics, management, social and behavioral science, and natural and applied science—allowing students to choose the best classes to fit their career goals.
The Public Health major can be effectively combined with other majors and minors to provide a deeper understanding of sustainable ways to serve. Here is a sampling of careers you can pursue in public health by combining our major with another:
Every other J-term, students have the opportunity to travel to Ecuador and work in various communities with an organization called MAP International. Students collect data and conduct research on community health. This experience has led to summer practicums with MAP for many students.
Students can also travel to Belize over J-term. Our Public Health and Kinesiology majors volunteer in the community of Belmopan and educate people in schools, senior communities, churches, and children’s homes about the benefits of exercise and healthy eating.
If you are interested in better understanding the societal and environmental factors influencing community health, consider adding a minor in Public Health. This minor pairs especially well with Social Work, Philosophy, Biology, and Sociology majors.
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.