Public health often makes headlines in response to epidemics or pandemics. However, public health is more than just disease management. It is the art and science of preventing disease as well as protecting and improving the health of individuals and their communities. Public health includes promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing, and responding to infectious diseases.
A Bachelor of Arts degree in public health is ideal for individuals with a strong interest in health policy and in socioeconomic and sociocultural aspects of public health. The curriculum includes courses in biology, sociology, human behaviors, and other health-related topics.
Public health majors intern in settings such as non-profit health organizations, local and state health departments, hospitals, medical clinics and more. Walsh also offers a Peace Corps Prep program for students interested in additional service experience.
Upon completing a B.A. in public health, graduates are prepared for work in areas including government, nonprofits, consulting and advocacy organizations. Many graduates go on to medical school, pharmacy school or other graduate programs. Some also pursue careers such as:
- Program assistant for health organizations
- Health-related assessment coordinator
- Research assistant with a nonprofit organization
- Consulting work
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