Public Health

Public Health practitioners work toward improving the health and well-being of individuals, populations and communities. They have a significant influence on overall quality of life in a variety of ways. Public health practitioners may help design and implement programs related to making healthier choices, such as stopping smoking and exercising more. They help deliver screening and prevention programs to counteract disease, work on local, regional and national wellness campaigns and look for solutions that provide underserved segments of society with better access to health care.

“When you choose Carroll, you're choosing a superior education.”
—Laura-Lynn Schenk '17

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About the Public Health major

Helping people lead better lives through healthier choices

Public health practitioners focus on keeping people healthy. Their goal is to prevent illness and injury and encourage behaviors that are beneficial to health and well-being. They do so through organized, interdisciplinary efforts that address the physical, mental and environmental health concerns of communities and populations at risk. Public health practitioners improve and enhance our quality of life in ways both large and small—from implementing vaccination programs to educating people about the risks of drug and alcohol abuse to advocating for public policy that promotes a safer and healthier society for everyone.

As a Carroll University Public Health major, you’ll examine varying health, environmental and behavioral influences on the health of the public in the United States. We also explore global issues such as the critical links between public health and social and economic development. You’ll learn about the public policy making process in regard to public health and how environmental risks such as air and water quality, food safety, vector-borne diseases and pesticides impact individuals and communities.

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In addition to the major, Carroll offers a Public Health minor that complements many areas of study.


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
  • City of Milwaukee Health Department
  • American Lung Association
  • Hunger Task Force
  • Interfaith Senior Program
  • Milwaukee Area Health Education Center
  • Lutheran Health Alliance
  • NuGenesis Farm
  • United Way of Waukesha County


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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“I love how broad the public health field is.”
—Nick Maniaci '17

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Laila Azam

Dr. Laila Azam

Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health
Dr. Barbra Beck-Clayton

Dr. Barbra Beck-Clayton

Associate Professor of Public Health
Dr. Pamela Pinahs-Schultz

Dr. Pamela Pinahs-Schultz

Professor of Physical Education
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