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Public Health Program

Public health is one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. economy, and something that impacts our lives every day. At the College of Charleston, it’s also our fastest growing major, and we offer both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in this field.

What is public health?

It is science and art of building and maintaining healthy communities through interdisciplinary research and education, health promotion and prevention. Public health professionals develop, implement and evaluate programs, policies and initiatives that focus on disease and injury prevention. Whether you’re interested in conducting research, crunching numbers or working directly with people, there are many roles in public health and our program provides important preparation for a broad spectrum of professional opportunities.

The study of public health addresses many of the most pressing issues of our time, from ensuring access to safe foods and controlling the spread of disease to providing support for individuals to improve their diet and overall wellness. The reality is that U.S. faces an imminent shortage of public health professionals in the coming decade. To help fill this need, the College of Charleston has developed a one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary undergraduate program, and we invite you to find out more about it on these pages.

Program Information and Course Descriptions

Career Focus Areas in Public Health

Students who pursue a B.S. in public health will be prepared to pursue work in the following areas:

  • Epidemiology and biostatistics
  • Health promotion and education
  • Nursing
  • Maternal and child health
  • Global health
  • Environmental health
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Nutrition
  • Emergency preparedness

Students who pursue a B.A. in public health will be prepared to pursue work in the following areas:

  • Health policy, management, and administration
  • Health communications
  • Health campaigns
  • Global health
  • Environmental health
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Legal professions
  • Urban studies
  • Health ethics

Public Health Program Faculty

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Extracurricular Connections