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Explore the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities with a major or minor in Public Health, part of the fast-growing* healthcare occupations. You'll take an interdisciplinary approach to the five core public health disciplines: biostatistics; epidemiology; health policy; the social and behavioral sciences; and environmental health sciences.

Public health professionals strive to prevent problems from happening through preventative measures,  in contrast to clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. 

Contact Information

Maria Elena Hallion, PhD
Chair and Associate Professor, Health and Exercise Sciences 
610.902.8388
mehallion@cabrini.edu

At a glance:

Total credits for major

54

Total credits for minor

18

Projected job growth to 2024*

22%

Public Health Program Details

The Centers for Disease Control defines public health as the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases. Overall, public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood or as big as an entire country or region of the world. Public health professionals strive to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services, and conducting research—in contrast to clinical professionals like doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals after they become sick or injured. Public health also works to limit health disparities. A large part of public health is promoting healthcare equity, quality, and accessibility.

The five core public health disciplines include 1) biostatistics, 2) epidemiology, 3) health policy, 4) the social and behavioral sciences, and 5) environmental health sciences. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the Public Health major has been designed to address all five core areas. In addition, it has been designed to meet the learning outcomes noted by the national-level accrediting body, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and has significant coursework toward students being capable of sitting for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing’s CHES® exam.

Students completing the major will be well prepared to enter professional/graduate programs, such as ones leading to a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) certification. Students will be equally prepared to enter the workforce, with job prospects in public and community health, health management or administration, health education, medicine, health programming, epidemiology, or other types of health-related research.

Employment Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics “predicts employment in healthcare occupations will grow 19% over the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 2.3 million new jobs.” The median annual wage for healthcare practitioners is approximately 73% higher than the median annual wage for all occupations, at approximately $62,610.00.

Below is a Bureau summary of several key employment areas in Public Health, along with the current salary average and predicted growth over the next five years.

Public Health Specialty

Current Salary Average (U.S. $)

Predicted Growth by 2022 (%)

Epidemiologist

74,120

10.2

Community Health Worker

48,180

25.1

Environmental Scientist

72,050

14.6

Health Educator

55,260

19.0

Medical and Health Service Manager

103,680

23.2

Health Specialties Educators

112,950

36.1

Healthcare Social Workers

53,590

26.8

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselors and Programmers

45,820

22.8

 

 Program Highlights

  • Major or minor option
  • Off-campus supervised internship program
  • Work with faculty to tailor your education to your specific interests

Skills Learned

The following 11 learning outcomes are identified for bachelor’s level programs by the Council on Education for Public Health (2016 Accreditation Criteria for Standalone Baccalaureate Programs) and will be met through completion of a combination of courses at Cabrini. 

Students will understand:

  • The history and philosophy of public health as well as its core values, concepts, and functions across the globe and in society
  • The basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use, and analysis and why evidence-based approaches are an essential part of public health practice
  • The concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches, and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations
  • The underlying science of human health and disease including opportunities for promoting and protecting health across the life course
  • The socioeconomic, behavioral, biological, environmental, and other factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities
  • The fundamental concepts and features of project implementation, including planning, assessment, and evaluation
  • The fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system, as well as the differences in systems in other countries
  • The basic concepts of legal, ethical, economic, and regulatory dimensions of healthcare and public health policy and the roles, influences, and responsibilities of the different agencies and branches of government
  • The basic concepts of public health-specific communication, including technical and professional writing and the use of mass media and electronic technology

Students will demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences
  • The ability to locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize public health information 

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