Earn a public health degree and make an immediate impact

Help solve a global pandemic, like COVID-19, or promote health justice in your community by earning a degree in Public Health. Carlow University’s bachelor’s in Public Health is designed to equip you with the essential healthcare, business and leadership skills necessary to enter into the rapidly-growing, in-demand public health workforce or pursue graduate studies.

As a public health major, you may choose to focus your studies on community health, epidemiology or public health policy.

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Bachelor of Science


On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

Individually evaluated

Public Health major curriculum

Our public health curriculum has been designed to address the current needs of public health organizations with a focus on social and health justice, epidemiologic identification of disparities, and implementation of social, health and political solutions.

The curriculum has enough flexibility to allow you to customize your studies to fit your career or academic goals.

Areas of focus

  • Community health (focuses on the historical and ongoing development of social policies, support services and health disparities in America’s society)
  • Epidemiology (studies the patterns and causes of health-related events in specified populations through a scientific, systematic and data-driven lens)
  • Public Health Policy (build essential political and healthcare management skills as you examine laws and public policies that have been constructed to address issues surrounding healthcare, race, gender and immigration)

Experiential and interdisciplinary learning (interprofessional education, real-world problem analysis, field placement/capstone project) are built into the public health major curriculum according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) guidelines.

Field placement locations include: Allegheny County Health Department, Veteran’s Administration, Pennsylvania Department of Health, U.S. Department of Health, and various local, state and federal social services organizations.

Quick Facts: Public Health major

  • Learn alongside multiple healthcare disciplines 
  • Choose an area of focus (community health, epidemiology, public health policy)
  • Graduate career-ready into a rapidly growing, in-demand field of public health 
  • Pursue a graduate degree (meets prerequisite criteria for the Master of Social Work and Counseling Psychology) 
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Career opportunities for Public Health Majors

The pandemic has emphasized the need for public health services. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public health jobs are projected to increase 32%. You will be prepared to pursue a career in public health departments and healthcare systems (regionally, nationally and globally).

Job titles include Healthcare Administrator, Social/Human Service Assistant, Client Manager and Care Coordinator.

Admission requirements and application process

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply. 
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions. 


Start terms

Fall, Spring & Summer

Public Health faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit.

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