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, policymakers or organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Others are interested in working with nonprofit organizations or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that promote better health both domestically and abroad. Still other public health graduates will pursue private-sector employment within the insurance or pharmaceutical industries.
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.
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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