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Public Health

Offered by: Public Health

Slippery Rock University's Public Health major is perfect for students looking for a degree that prepares them for a graduate program or for a career that will allow them to make a difference in their community. Public Health is more than just working in a doctor's office or hospital. Through this program, students discover the importance of staying healthy and how to relay that message to others.

Public Health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized efforts. SRU's 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 become an effective leader in whatever area of public health you work in.

Why Major in 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 and the ability to turn education into action through student organizations.

The Collegiate Chapter of Pennsylvania Public Health Association at SRU allows students to meet alumni who are currently working in the field. Public Health majors also have other networking opportunities. Many students travel around the state attending conferences. Organizations such as the Pre-Physical Therapy Club are designed to help bring together students with similar career or graduate school interests.

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

Courses in this program include Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Biostatistics, and Nutrition and Exercise. Classes are taught by our full-time faculty and students gain valuable first-hand experience into how public health operates.

Careers In Public Health

As a graduate of SRU's Public Health program, you'll be prepared to operate health programs that target specific population groups, such as those aimed at improving the quality of life for older adults or maternal programs designed to reduce the risk of low birth weight. Thanks to internships and a comprehensive curriculum, our graduates go on to careers in health statistics and substance abuse and risk management. Some have even gone on to serve as health coaches for insurance companies. In the past, students worked as interns at organizations such as the YMCA of Pittsburgh, UPMC Children's Hospital, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and more.

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 between SRU's Pre-Physical Therapy Public Health program, Pre-Occupational Therapy Public Health program, or Pre-Physician Assistant Public Health program all of which enable you to receive both a Public Health undergraduate degree and an advanced degree at an accelerated pace.

Earn your Public Health degree at SRU!

Slippery Rock University's Public Health major provides the basis for a master's degree or a rewarding career in health and wellness promotion. Interested in learning more about the program? Learn more today!