Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts of society. It's about maintaining and improving the health of all people through collective action.

In order to be successful, individuals, communities, private businesses, and industrial enterprises within our society must be healthy. To meet the current need and demand for skilled public health professionals, SRU provides a dynamic and progressive program of study.  

The Department of Public Health and Social Work at SRU offers several unique degree programs. All of these programs offer both an educational and an experiential or internship component:  

  • Master of Public Health - All candidates completing this program are eligible to sit for the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) examination or National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) examination.

The Public Health minor complements majors like Exercise Science and Recreational Therapy. Students in these and related disciplines find that a Public Health minor opens additional opportunities in non-profit community agencies, health departments, worksite health promotion, healthcare settings, and health voluntaries like the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.