About the Public Health Major
Public health is a growing field that provides a career with choice, flexibility and impact. The core segments of public health include:
- Health Services Administration: Working in leadership and management to develop and implement programming designed to create positive health outcomes or respond to concerns in times of crisis
- Biostatistics: Using statistics to interpret scientific data related to public health
- Epidemiology: Understanding how and why diseases spread and applying that knowledge toward preventative strategies
- Behavioral Sciences/Health Education: Developing wellness and other educational programming that encourages people to adopt healthier lifestyles and make better choices
- Environmental Health Sciences: Exploring how factors such as indoor and outdoor pollution and water quality affect health
Students in the public health major become eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. NCHEC's voluntary professional certification program establishes a national standard for individual health education practitioners. Health educators are professionals who design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people.