Public Health


The study of public health is dedicated to understanding and improving the health and wellbeing of all people. The public health major is designed to develop students’ abilities to understand, analyze, problem-solve, and communicate effectively in a complicated, international and rapidly changing world. Pacific’s public health program integrates health science, social science, and humanistic approaches to addressing global health challenges.


Students studying public health are often interested in pursuing careers in the public sector, working with health departments or policymakers. Others are interested in working with nonprofit organizations or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that promote better health of communities both domestically and abroad. Still other public health graduates will pursue private-sector employment within the insurance or healthcare industries. Public Health graduates are prepared for careers in health departments, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, universities, family violence prevention organizations, disaster relief organizations, and state agencies. Many students choose to combine undergraduate public health education with graduate studies in public health or the health professions.



Pacific public health students study core courses within public health, such as introductory public health, epidemiology, environmental health and global health. We also know that public health workers need a broad set of skills and abilities to be effective in promoting health and wellbeing. So our students complete their public health major by choosing courses from biology, chemistry, economics, environmental sciences, ethics, media arts, politics, psychology, sociology, social work and the humanities.

Program Highlights


  • Pursue either a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts degree in public health
  • Complete a faculty-supervised internship as part of the major
  • Flexibility and choice allow students to pursue their particular career avenues within public health, including community health, health promotion, public policy or cross-cultural work
  • An emphasis on global and environmental health, essential to addressing the health needs of the future
  • An interdisciplinary curriculum that draws from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities to develop the broadest possible skills sets and competencies in our graduates
  • An emphasis on effective communication with the public, the research community and the media
  • An emphasis on cultivating and ensuring the highest ethical standards among our public health graduates
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