Skip To Main Content

Public Health

PREPARE FOR A CAREER THAT IMPACTS SOCIETY. MAJOR IN PUBLIC HEALTH. YOU’LL STUDY AND EXPLORE THE INTERSECTION OF HEALTH, PUBLIC POLICY, EQUITY AND DISEASE PREVENTION. UPON GRADUATION, YOU’LL HAVE THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE TO BECOME A LEADER IN A GROWING FIELD THAT POSITIVELY TOUCHES MANY LIVES.

EXPLORE, LEARN AND GROW

Our public health program exposes you to many different professors and academic disciplines. You’ll learn about biology, statistics, communication studies, sociology, and political science. You’ll develop competency in disease investigation and prevention, health promotion and education, and program management.

Be prepared to learn just as much outside the classroom as you do inside. You’ll have the chance to engage in research, work on real-world projects, and network and collaborate with health professionals and health organizations locally, nationally and internationally. You’ll graduate with a flexible skillset that stands out in the marketplace.

Large institutions just can’t provide the individualized attention and opportunity you’ll find here. At ONU, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and amazing friendships with your classmates. Our dedicated and distinguished professors will get to know you. They will become personally invested in your success and open doors for you.

Our public health program prepares you to be successful immediately after graduation, whether you choose an entry-level position in public health or health care management, or plan to continue your education at a top-notch graduate school. 
 

Apply Now

Visit Campus


Curriculum

Major
Minor
Preprofessional Program
Concentration
Pathway

OPPORTUNITY ABOUNDS

IMMERSE YOURSELF

What sparks your passion? Is it designing and implementing a public health campaign? Or collecting and analyzing data related to disease prevention? In your senior year, you’ll get to choose a Capstone Project in an area of interest. This yearlong, off-location experience gives you the chance to apply all your knowledge and skills on a real-world project. Along the way, you’ll gain even more valuable experience to enhance your résumé. 

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Imagine becoming a leader in a student organization. Or traveling with your professors to a major U.S. city to present your joint research findings. We believe a well-rounded education includes opportunities to travel, experience new places and stretch your comfort zone. The opportunities are here for you to grab.



OUTCOMES AND COURSES

SOLID OUTCOMES

  • An understanding of the historic milestones in public health
  • The ability to discuss future implications of the U.S. public health system
  • Knowledge of the major national and international public health issues, including epidemiology, ethical dilemmas, health promotion and disease prevention
  • An understanding of the various approaches/strategies for identification, response and intervention to address public health issues
  • Knowledge of the political, cultural, behavioral and socioeconomic factors related to public health issues
  • The ability to perform a community assessment in order to identify population needs, relate distribution and disparities of health and health resources, and apply social determinants of health
  • The ability to disseminate information related to public health topics in a community setting

COURSES

You’ll need 55 credit hours to complete the public health program, and a total of 120 credit hours to complete all other University and college requirements.

  • Introduction to Public Health    
  • Public Health Research Methods
  • Community Health Assessment
  • Health Education Planning
  • Health Informatics 
  • Public health education

As a public health major, you’re not limited to government positions, although that’s certainly a rewarding and viable option. You could also forge a path in the private sector working for a pharmaceutical company, health care organization or insurance provider. Or you could work for a nonprofit focused on health issues related to veterans, minorities, women, or disease prevention, research and education.

WHERE WILL YOU END UP?

POSSIBLE JOBS

Here are some potential career avenues: 

  • Biostatistics or informatics
  • Communications 
  • Community health worker
  • Emergency preparedness manager
  • Environmental health
  • Epidemiology and research
  • Global health
  • Public health education
  • Health educator
  • Patient advocate