Public Health, Bachelor's Degree

Earn an Impactful Public Health Degree from Saint Francis University


What can you do with a public health degree? Whether you prefer crunching numbers, want to work with people, or feel that research is your thing, there are public health degree jobs and careers for you. With your public health major, 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.

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opportunities for research

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individualized academic advising for focused career guidance

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a full semester of field experiences within diverse organizations

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The SFU Learning Experience

Public Health the Saint Francis Way

At Saint Francis, we offer a degree public health degree program embedded in the liberal arts tradition. That means:

  • Emphasizing personal and professional ethics, and based upon the University’s nationally-recognized Franciscan mission.
  • Students have practical experience in their field and work with seasoned practitioners across a variety of community and clinical settings.

Our Public Health Program prepares students for a variety of public health job by providing:

  • A full semester of field experiences within diverse organizations;
  • Highly qualified public health faculty, representing a broad range of public health specialties;
  • Individualized academic advising for focused career guidance;
  • Small class sizes which allow for personal attention and support; and
  • Opportunities for research.

In 2022 our Public Health graduates demonstrated 100% pass rates of the Public Health Program, 100 Item Competency Exam.  


What You’ll Learn in the Public Health Program

Public Health is an evidence-based science of protecting and improving the health of human populations through education, research, and community-wide interventions. The Public Health program at Saint Francis University consists of an interdisciplinary curriculum to best foster the examination of population health from a broad, integrated, liberal arts perspective. 


Tailor your degree with specialization paths:

  • Environmental Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health Administration
  • Pre-Med
  • Degree Paths
  • Learning Objectives
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Experienced Public Health faculty who Love to Teach

Dr. Theresa M. Horner

Career Outlook in Public Health

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. A public health degree can serve as the foundation for careers in most master's programs.   

As a graduate with a public health major, you can enter fields such as:

  • Behavioral Science & Health Education
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy & Administration
  • International Health



Frequently Asked Questions About Public Health and Saint Francis University

  • What is Public Health?

    Public Health begins with an undergraduate degree that prepares you to work with people to improve health, prevent disease and make a difference in their lives. It is a fast-growing field with a wide variety of entry level public health degree jobs locally, nationally, and globally.  

  • What can you do with a public health degree?

    With a public health degree, you will learn to understand how people make decisions about their health and using that knowledge, you can support them in making healthy changes. You can also help people navigate the complex health system, answer questions about health insurances, design health programs, manage projects, and interpret and translate scientific information for the public. You will become an expert in identifying valid health data and effective programs, compiling and writing grants, making complex decisions, solving health-puzzles, and creating health education and marketing materials like movies, flyers, posters and more.

  • Where can I get a public health degree job after graduation?

    Many organizations hire public health professionals, such as government organizations, universities, hospitals, doctor's offices, nonprofit organizations, or schools. As a public health professional, some of the many areas you can work in include maternal and child health, disaster response and preparedness, infectious disease investigation, research, environmental health, workplace safety, child abuse awareness and reduction, community health, etc.


Public Health Alumni Spotlight

University Communications & Marketing | 09/12/2023
Amongst the public health scene are five SFU alumni who have embarked on inspiring journeys, each contributing uniquely to the field. Read the stories of Lucy Rojas, Christine Yakicic, Makenna Topka, Joe Theiss, and Hannah Anderson.