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Public Health

Public health is a science that aims to protect and promote the health of all people and the communities in which they live, work, learn and play. Specifically, the field of public health aims to prevent disease and injury.

Why Choose Public Health?

two young woman pick tomatoes off of plant on manhattan college rooftop gardenThe Manhattan College public health program aims to educate students on the core principles of public health knowledge to address health outcomes of the population through equity, policy and action.

Students in the public health major receive a strong fundamental education focused on community impact, health equity, and social justice, which contributes to the mission of Manhattan College, the School of Education and Health and the greater Lasallian community.

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What Will You Learn?

Public health majors will take courses that address health issues through the five public health disciplines:

  • behavioral health/health education
  • biostatistics
  • environmental health
  • epidemiology
  • health services administration

Students in this major can choose from two concentrations within the field of public health: 

Community Health

The community health concentration learn the health of a population in a specific city, neighborhood or geographical region, and discover how the community plays a valuable role in promoting a healthy life.

Health Care Administration

Students in this concentration develop a deeper understanding of administration, leadership and management of health care organizations. This can take place within hospitals, medical facilities, local and state health departments and public and private health care organizations. 

Real World Experience

As a public health major, you will complete a 120-hour internship. The practicum serves as an opportunity for students to gain real-work experience. Students may intern at the following organizations:

The practicum serves as an opportunity for students to gain real-work experience. Students may intern at the following organizations:

  • Local / state health departments
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Hospitals / health care centers
  • Corporate / business organizations
  • Assisted living / senior living facilities

What Will You Do?

After graduating with their bachelor’s degree in public health, students may choose to go straight into the workforce, while others may choose to pursue advanced degrees such as a Master of Public Health (MPH) or dual MPH/MBA program.

  • Jobs for Public Health Majors

    Careers of interest for public health majors may include but are not limited to the following:

    • social and community service manager
    • health educator
    • community health worker
    • nutritionist
    • health care administration coordinators
    • grants officer
    • research program coordinator
    • patient outreach coordinator
    • communications specialist