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Create a healthier community

Meet the growing demand for public health professionals

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Turn education into action

Give people the information they need to lead healtheir lives

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Gain valuable skills

Put your knowledge to work in health settings or graduate programs

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Public Health

Offered by: Public Health

Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized efforts. SRU's Public Health program emphasizes healthy lifestyles, multicultural health needs, research and advances in health, service learning, and use of the latest health-related computer technology. In this program, you'll learn how to combine science, skills, and beliefs to maintain and improve the health of people in our society.

Why Choose Public Health?

Good health is essential for all individuals, communities, private businesses, and industrial enterprises in our society. The dynamic and progressive Public Health program at SRU gives you the knowledge and skills to meet the growing demand for competent health professionals. This program provides you with hands-on learning experiences, internship opportunities, and the ability to turn education into action through student organizations.

What Will You Learn?

In the Public Health program, you'll learn how to deliver health information and programs in community settings. You'll develop a strong background to prepare you for a future in fields such as:

  • Health education
  • Health promotion
  • Health data management
  • Further graduate study in a health-related field

Careers In Public Health

As a graduate of SRU's Public Health program, you'll be prepared to deliver health programs that target specific population groups-such as programs aimed at improving the quality of life for older adults, or maternal programs designed to reduce the risk of low birth weight. Our graduates go on to careers in health statistics where they compile data and monitor trends, substance abuse and risk management, and as health coaches for insurance companies.

Our graduates work in settings such as: 

  • State and local health departments
  • Community-based wellness programs
  • Non-profit health organizations
  • Federal government health programs

The Public Health major also provides excellent preparation for graduate degree programs in fields like:

  • Physical Therapy*
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Public Health
  • Nursing
  • Medical Doctor (MD) / Osteopathic Physician (DO)
  • Adapted Physical Activity

*You may choose SRU's Physical Therapy 3+3 Public Health program, which enables you to receive both a Public Health undergraduate degree and a doctorate in Physical Therapy in six years.

Clubs & Organizations

SRU Collegiate Chapter of the Pennsylvania Public Health Association