Public Health

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Featured Course

Community Health

Students in this Spring Term course conduct Heart Fairs in six local schools to educate and assess various heart disease risk factors in area youth. They also analyze and interpret the data.

A proactive approach to health

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention. Population-based education programs have become increasingly important in improving the health of our populations and reducing skyrocketing health costs.

The public health minor prepares students for careers focusing upon community-wide prevention and education programs. With a strong foundation in health sciences, this curriculum includes the study of diseases, biostatistical modeling, population studies, and the history and current development of public health policy. Students have a wide variety of hands-on opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, including internships at an area hospital and nursing facility. 

Career opportunities

Alma’s public health minors have continued on to a variety of careers. Some have attended graduate school for public health and some go directly into the job market. Either way, public health is a great minor for a variety of careers, including those in:

  • Medicine
  • Health Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Education
  • Communication