Program Overview

Rooted in science and social justice, public health is a prevention-oriented, multi-disciplinary field that promotes conditions to protect and improve the health of people and communities. Public Health workers are involved in a variety of roles including but not limited to outbreak investigation, humanitarian response, cancer and heart disease prevention, injury and violence prevention, environmental toxicology, advocacy, immunization, bioterrorism surveillance, food and drug quality, public health nutrition, zoonotic disease control, corporate wellness, and more.

The public health program consists of a 30-credit major or 18-credit minor that will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the health issues facing communities.

The major/minor is appropriate for students who are:

  • Interested in the Biological Sciences but want a broader career focus that may also encompass governance, advocacy, social justice, diplomacy, environmental studies, international development, healthcare delivery, behavioral and social sciences, communication/media or health informatics
  • Excited by the idea of prevention of disease at a broader scale than the individual patient
  • Motivated by social justice and reduction of health disparities both locally and globally

Students within the Public Health major will be able to choose one of three tracks: U.S. Public Health, Global Public Health, and Nutrition.

Program Requirements

The coursework for the Public Health major and minor reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field by having students take courses in biological sciences, environmental science, nursing, the humanities, social sciences, and administration.

Major Requirements

Students complete 30-credits, including a field internship and capstone experience.

  • PBH 101: Global Public Health and Social Justice
  • BI 216 and 317: Epidemiology and Applied Biostatistics
  • PBH 201: Public Health, Disease, and Injury
  • HS 101: Introduction to Health Studies
  • PY: Community Mental Health
  • BI/CH 76: Introduction to Environmental Science
  • HS/CO 248 Health Communication for Health Professionals
  • PBH 320: Senior Seminar in Public Health
  • PBH 310: Capstone

In addition to the major requirements, students are required to take a 3-credit local health department field internship and a 9-credit immersion field internship in a higher-level agency for management, policy, and strategic experience. These internship opportunities will provide students with transformative and hands-on experience in the field. There are three internship tracks available for students: domestic, nutrition, and global.

Through the internship tracks, students will have the opportunity to intern at diverse organizations such as intergovernmental agencies or ministries of health in foreign countries, humanitarian organizations, state public health agencies, and local hospitals.

Minor Requirements:

For a minor in Public Health, students will complete 18-credits.

  • PBH 101: Global Public Health and Social Justice
  • BI 216: Epidemiology
  • BI 317: Applied Biostatistics
  • PBH 201: Public Health, Disease, and Injury
  • HS 101: Introduction to Health Studies
  • BI/CH 76: Introduction to Environmental Science

Life After Fairfield

Fairfield has a long history of success in preparing students with a solid foundation for the health professions. With the growing demand in the Public Health field, students can find a number of career opportunities in government agencies, and with contractors, think tanks, international agencies, humanitarian organizations and foundations as well as the corporate sector or in academia.

Learn about how Fairfield's Academic & Career Development Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

Undergraduate Admission

With a long history of preparing men and women for careers in the expanding fields of medicine and health studies and ranked as one of the nation’s best nursing schools, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies is dedicated to delivering an excellent, comprehensive education to our students.

Applications for the Public Health program are evaluated by the Office of Admission.

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