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Public Health Degree Options

  • Is Public Health for you?

    The field of public health is wide-ranging; it offers so many varied and diverse opportunities that there’s virtually a career for everyone. From addressing the burden of disease to minimizing the consequences of disasters; from promoting sanitation, safe food, and water to fighting for healthcare equity, quality and accessibility, public health professionals are vital front-line leaders. You can find more information at here

    Degree Options:

    At Saint Francis University, you can earn a B.S. or a B.A. degree in public health.

    • The B.S. option prepares students to move immediately into rewarding public health careers or further graduate training in any career, including public health.
    • The B.A. degree is an ideal choice for students desiring a general exposure to the principles of public health that do not focus as much on health, such as management or administration. 
    • A concentration in pre-professional studies is also available, which prepares students for careers in law, political science, medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary sciences, and more.

    Our public health advisors will gladly help you determine which degree is best to meet your interests. 

  • Majors
    • Public Health, Bachelor of Science 
      • The Public Health Bachelor of Science degree prepares students to move immediately into rewarding public health careers or further graduate training in public health.
      • Academic focus is in the sciences.
    • Public Health, Bachelor of Arts 
      • The Public Health Bachelor of Arts degree offers a broad, well-rounded understanding of health and wellness from social ecology to be applied to non-science careers such as environment, disaster preparedness, education and policy.
      • Academic focus is broadly based, allowing the student to customize the degree.
    • Public Health, Bachelor of Science Pre-Professional Concentration
      • The Public Health Bachelor of Science Pre-Professional Concentration degree prepares students for various provider roles, such as doctors, veterinarians, dentists, and pharmacists.
      • Academic focus requires pre-med sciences with public health classes.
    See requirements: Visit the  academic catalog and scroll to the School of Health Sciences to view degree requirements.
    Minor

    Public Health, Minor 

    • The Public Health Minor is available to any student in any undergraduate major at Saint Francis University. The minor provides an opportunity for developing an understanding of concepts of health and disease, epidemiology, health promotion and disease prevention, and global health, helping to enhance the student’s marketability in the work-force.
    See requirements: Visit the  academic catalog and scroll to the School of Health Sciences to view degree requirements.
    Career Possibilites

    Whether you prefer crunching numbers, want to work with people, or research is your thing, there’s a public health career for you. See the career possibilities in public health here. 

  • Public Health at Saint Francis University

    This is a time of dramatic growth in the public health field. Never before has there been such broad awareness and concern about the issues that affect the health of society. By 2020, it’s expected that 250,000 additional public health workers will be needed to meet the nation’s healthcare needs. As a result, public health is one of the five most rapidly growing undergraduate majors nationally. 

    While public health careers continue to grow at exponential rates, now is the time to consider a degree in public health. You need look no further than your local newspaper to find compelling reasons to study public health now; violence, infectious disease, bioterrorism, obesity, natural disasters, global warming, substance abuse, and health care costs are just some of the many complex health issues contributing to the rapid growth of the public health field and anticipated future shortages of public health workers. 
    Saint Francis University is a vibrant campus set in the midst of the beautiful Allegheny Mountains. The close-knit college community allows for an intimate educational experience where students receive personalized attention and can benefit from close relationships with their faculty. The Saint Francis University public health major offers an education in the liberal arts tradition, emphasizing personal and professional ethics. Whether you plan to enter the workforce after graduation or continue to graduate and professional programs, a Saint Francis University public health degree will provide the foundation to help you achieve your goals.