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.

“This major allows you to discover health from so many perspectives.”

— Krystal Buttitta '21

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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.

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.

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.


Public Health Program Seeks Comments for Accreditation.

Carroll University’s undergraduate public health program is applying for accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). As part of the accreditation process, CEPH is seeking comments from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members regarding the public health program. If you would like to provide comment to CEPH, please submit your written remarks to the email or address provided below. Comments will be accepted until October 15, 2021. This deadline is 30 days prior to the public health program’s November 16, 2021 site visit from CEPH.

Council on Education for Public Health
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910


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

Field Experience/Internships

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
  • American Lung Association
  • Hunger Task Force
  • Eras Senior Network
  • St. Joseph's Medical Clinic
  • Hayat Pharmacy
  • Prevent Blindness Wisconsin
  • Medical College of Wisconsin: Global Health Program
  • James Place
  • National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin
  • United Community Center
  • Waukesha Community Dental Clinic
  • Center of Concern
  • Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
  • Hamdard Health Center
  • Pediatric Psychology Associates, LLC & Autism Behavior Network (ABN)
  • Sheboygan County Health and Human Services
  • Waukesha County Public Health Division


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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“The public health curriculum has prepared me to work in a variety of settings.”

— Abigail Lukens '20

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Barbra Beck-Clayton

Dr. Barbra Beck-Clayton

Program Director / Associate Professor of Public Health
Dr. Pamela Pinahs-Schultz

Dr. Pamela Pinahs-Schultz

Professor of Physical Education
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