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Major in Public Health

At its core, the study of public health is the search for ways to improve people’s quality of life.

Elmhurst University’s new bachelor of science degree in public health prepares you for careers in health education, health promotion, policy administration and more. Meanwhile, if you want to continue your education in this dynamic field, you’ll also be ready to pursue your master’s in public health.

Learn How to Solve Health Challenges Big and Small

Our program includes research, epidemiology, and concepts of public health and global health. You will learn how to interpret new findings, combat the spread of disease and help people adopt healthy habits.

Most of all, you will learn how to use this knowledge to make meaningful contributions to your community and to society.

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Concentration in Public Health Leadership and Innovation

The first of its kind, the Elmhurst Public Health Leadership and Innovation concentration will prepare you to lead public health organizations with fresh approaches to persistent problems. Embedded in a liberal arts university known for innovation, you will learn to craft multidisciplinary solutions to make a difference in the health of your community.

Public Health Major Courses

  • PH 100 Introduction to Public Health
  • PH 200 Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics
  • PSY 210 Introduction to Psychological Science
  • PH 250 A Systems Thinking Approach to the Social Determinants of Health
  • PH 300 Health, the Environment and Modern Life
  • PH 310 Public Health and Global Citizenship
  • PHL 316 Ethical Aspects of Health Care
  • PH 320 Historical and Contemporary Public Health Challenges
  • PH 330/530 Public Health Epidemiology
  • MTH 345 Elementary Statistics
  • PH 410 Population Health and Health Disparities
  • PH 420/520 Public Health Policy and Politics
  • PH 430 Capstone Project
  • PH 440 Fieldwork
  • PH 450/550 Fundamentals of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • PH 451/551 Community Health Programming

Required Support Courses

  • PSY 210
  • PHL 316 or REL 332
  • MTH 345

Elective Courses

A variety of elective courses are available to meet the needs and interests of public health majors. Public health majors are encouraged to elect courses in other divisions of the University or to complete a second major or minor in a related or complementary field.

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