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Public Health, BS

While nurses and doctors treat patients once they’re already sick, public health professionals try to prevent those diseases and disorders in the first place. They work to ensure that communities have access to health essentials like clean water and preventative care.

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Program Intro

Students in CBU's public health major learn how to identify and solve community health problems both here and abroad, becoming advocates who save lives. 

76 Units

*56-76 Units

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2 Concentrations
27 Required Major Courses

*20-27 required major courses, depending on chosen concentration

Why Study Public Health at CBU?

Work in the field

Field experience opportunities allow students to become involved in the clinical nature of the health professions, further strengthening the theoretical concepts of holistic care covered in the classroom. Students develop a heart for service as they use their skills in healthcare to take part in a wide range of service opportunities on campus, and in the local and global communities.

Serve overseas

Students can travel during the summer and serve in the health professions in various overseas locations. Some locations include Tanzania, China and the Philippines. To prepare for participation in Global Health Engagement, students will need to take two courses, ALH 301 Global Health Engagement Seminar and ALH 401 Global Health Engagement Practicum.

What You'll Learn

Program Details

HSC 312: Principles of Environmental and Occupational Health

This course introduces students to physical, chemical and biological hazards found in the environment.

HSC 410: Health Behavior Change

This course addresses the exploration and application of education, psychosocial, and spiritual components of health behaviors.

INH 300: Outbreak and Emergency Prep and Response

This course is an intensive introduction to public health emergency preparedness and response.

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  • Environmental Health Concentration
  • Health Education and Promotion Concentration

Sangmin Kim, Ed.D., MCHES

Professor of Health Sciences

Office Phone: 951-552-8536
Office Location: Health Science Campus H142

Robert LaChausse, Ph.D.

2023 Trustee's Distinguished Scholar Award

Office Phone: 951-552-8484
Office Location: Health Science Campus H144

Marshare Penny, Dr.P.H.

Clinical Professor of Public Health

Office Phone: 951-552-8385
Office Location: Health Science Campus H144

Melissa Wigginton, DrPH, CHES

Professor of Health Science

Office Phone: 951-552-8537
Office Location: Health Science Campus H-138

Stephanie Hackett

I've always wanted to go into the medical field for a variety of reasons. While in this program, I've been able to build a network around me. In the future, I want to work in the hospital and grow through medical missions.

Stephanie Hackett '21

Sarah Swope

I felt called to this particular major after starting school here, I love helping people and it felt like a good fit! The professors are so kind and they care about you understanding the difficult science classes. The field is also super interesting.

Sarah Swope '21

Career Possibilities

Graduates of CBU's public health program will be well prepared for various careers in the health industry. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • Public Health Administrator
  • Health Educator
  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Epidimologist

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