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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Degree:

Bachelor of Science

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Campus:

Oakland

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. 
Apply

anytime

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.

Transform the future of healthcare with an entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate

Built on the Mercy principles of hospitality, discovery, and service, Carlow’s entry-level Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program will help prepare you for a meaningful career in healthcare. You will develop deep roots in humanistic theory, emphasizing a balance of physical, emotional, and social health and wellness, participate in interprofessional experiences, engage in community service, and complete applicable fieldwork.

View or download our program’s mission and outcomes [pdf]

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to transform the future of practice using an occupational justice-informed approach to health and well-being. 

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits required: 

100 credits

Cost per credit: 

$1059/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 8 semesters

Delivery: 

On campus

Occupational Therapy Doctorate curriculum

Throughout the OTD curriculum, we have integrated interprofessional experiences into course-based learning activities and community-based experiences. Shared spaces and faculty create daily interprofessional interactions, while critical thinking and ethics courses provide interprofessional discussion and reflection. You will participate in fieldwork experiences (Level I & II) that allow you to bridge your knowledge between classroom and practice using an occupational justice-informed approach. Completion of a doctoral capstone project will position you to identify areas of need in practice to address under-resourced individuals, groups and populations.

  • Level I fieldwork (3 required): discover, develop and enhance your professional identity and apply your classroom knowledge to your experiences located on campus and in the surrounding Pittsburgh, Pa community
  • Level II fieldwork (2, 12-week required, pre-requisite of the doctoral capstone experience): apply clinical and technological skills in a variety of supervised practice settings (interprofessional & evidence-based) and focus on environment and community concepts (education & advocacy)
  • Doctoral Capstone Experience (14-week course): address a link to the domain of OT, occupational justice, and health and wellbeing to promote occupational engagement of clients (individuals, groups, or populations).

The OTD curriculum is taught through a whole-health perspective that works to develop your whole person for innovative practice in healthcare, dedicated to optimizing health and well-being as a path to occupational justice.

Quick facts

  • Learn interprofessionally
  • Become a powerful citizen of justice in society and healthcare
  • Prepare yourself to be an innovative leader in healthcare

Read about the Carlow difference [pdf]

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Career opportunities for Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists, as defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association, are skilled health care professionals who use research and scientific evidence to ensure their interventions are effective. With strong knowledge of a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup, occupational therapy practitioners can evaluate how your condition (or risk for one) is affecting your body and mind, using a holistic perspective.

Ranked one of the best jobs by U.S. News & World Report, OT is slated to grow 16% over the next 10 years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

View or download the occupational therapy information sheet [pdf]

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Accreditation

The Carlow University entry-level masters and doctoral occupational therapy degree (MSOT/OTD) programs has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, (301) 652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation does not assure eventual accreditation. 

To be eligible to take the NBCOT certification exam, OTR candidates must graduate with an entry-level occupational therapy degree from an ACOTE accredited occupational therapy (OT) program. Per USDE regulations, all credits and degrees earned and issued by a program holding Candidate for Accreditation status are considered to be from an accredited program. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. The Carlow University OT Program meets the educational requirements for certification in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

ACOTE lists programs by accreditation status — feel free to take a look: https://acoteonline.org/schools/

View or download our accreditation timeline [pdf]

Admission requirements and application process

Apply now for admission in Fall 2022!

Apply now!

Accepting applications until cohort is filled

Start term:

Fall

*In order to best accommodate the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the OT department will accept any service, volunteer, and/or observation experiences as fulfilling the required 20 observation hours. We understand traditional clinical sites are still not completely open to students, however, there are many social justice organizations that still need our help. Consider volunteering at a local agency that serves the needs of our citizens. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.

Erin Phillips
Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Program Director Erin Phillips

“I invite you to discover the new Occupational Therapy program at Carlow University! We would love to have you join us as a part of your graduate educational journey toward a career in OT. Through the lens of Catholic social teachings, guided by the Sisters of Mercy, we will discover what it means to work for and thrive in a “just and merciful world.” As part of the OT program, it is our desire to help you transform into a person-centered health care provider and socially conscious citizen. Today, as you investigate this career, you take the first step toward a lifetime of meaningful work.”

– Erin Phillips, OTD, MSOT, OTR/L, DipACLM, Associate Professor & Founding Program Director for Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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Build potential and access to full participation with an MS in Occupational Therapy

Built on the Mercy principles of hospitality, discovery, and service, Carlow’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) will help you develop deep roots in humanistic theory, emphasizing a balance of physical, emotional, and social health and wellness. Our OT program is intentionally integrated with interprofessional experiences and faculty that help prepare you for your future as an occupational therapist.

View or download our program’s mission and outcomes [pdf]

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to transform the future of practice using an occupational justice-informed approach to health and well-being.

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Seniors do fitness training with the tire in the physiotherapy
Credits required: 

73 credits

Cost per credit: 

$1059/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 6 semesters

Delivery: 

On campus

Master’s in occupational therapy curriculum

Throughout the curriculum, we have integrated interprofessional experiences into course-based learning activities and community-based experiences. Shared spaces and faculty create daily interprofessional interactions, while critical thinking and ethics courses provide interprofessional discussion and reflection. You will participate in fieldwork experiences (Level I & II) that allow you to bridge your knowledge between classroom and practice using an occupational justice-informed approach.

  • Level I fieldwork (3 required): discover and develop your professional identity, apply your classroom knowledge to your experiences, and complete experience on campus and in the surrounding Pittsburgh, Pa community
  • Level II fieldwork (2, 12-week required): apply clinical skills in a variety of supervised practice settings, complete experience in traditional or innovative practice settings, and focus on environment and community concepts, and interprofessional and evidence-based practice

The OT curriculum is taught through a whole-health perspective that works to develop your whole person for innovative practice in healthcare, dedicated to optimizing health and well-being as a path to occupational justice.

Quick facts

  • Learn interprofessionally
  • Become a powerful citizen of justice in society and healthcare
  • Be eligible to sit for the OT national certification exam

Read about the Carlow difference [pdf]

Bridge illustration diagramming occupational therapy's curriculum
one happy confident young Chinese college student in campus

Career opportunities for Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists, as defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association, are skilled health care professionals who use research and scientific evidence to ensure their interventions are effective. With strong knowledge of a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup, occupational therapy practitioners can evaluate how your condition (or risk for one) is affecting your body and mind, using a holistic perspective.

Ranked one of the best jobs by U.S. News & World Report, OT is slated to grow 16% over the next 10 years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

View or download the occupational therapy information sheet [pdf]

Sitting at a table, a hand is holding a pen over accreditation papers.

Accreditation

The Carlow University entry-level masters and doctoral occupational therapy degree (MSOT/OTD) programs has been granted Candidate for Accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), 6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD 20852-4929, (301) 652-AOTA, www.acoteonline.org. Candidate for Accreditation is a pre-accreditation status that indicates the program is progressing toward accreditation and may matriculate students in professional courses. Candidate for Accreditation does not assure eventual accreditation. 

To be eligible to take the NBCOT certification exam, OTR candidates must graduate with an entry-level occupational therapy degree from an ACOTE accredited occupational therapy (OT) program. Per USDE regulations, all credits and degrees earned and issued by a program holding Candidate for Accreditation status are considered to be from an accredited program. Note that a felony conviction may affect a graduate’s ability to sit for the NBCOT certification examination or attain state licensure. The Carlow University OT Program meets the educational requirements for certification in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

ACOTE lists programs by accreditation status — feel free to take a look: https://acoteonline.org/schools/

View or download our accreditation timeline [pdf]

Admission requirements and application process

Apply now for admission in Fall 2022!

Apply now!

Accepting applications until cohort is filled

Start term:

Fall

*In order to best accommodate the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the OT department will accept any service, volunteer, and/or observation experiences as fulfilling the required 20 observation hours. We understand traditional clinical sites are still not completely open to students, however, there are many social justice organizations that still need our help. Consider volunteering at a local agency that serves the needs of our citizens. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.


Erin Phillips
Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Program Director Erin Phillips

“I invite you to discover the new Occupational Therapy program at Carlow University! We would love to have you join us as a part of your graduate educational journey toward a career in OT. Through the lens of Catholic social teachings, guided by the Sisters of Mercy, we will discover what it means to work for and thrive in a “just and merciful world.” As part of the OT program, it is our desire to help you transform into a person-centered health care provider and socially conscious citizen. Today, as you investigate this career, you take the first step toward a lifetime of meaningful work.”

– Erin Phillips, OTD, MSOT, OTR/L, DipACLM, Associate Professor & Founding Program Director for Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy faculty

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Follow us on social media

Phillips, Erin

Education Post-professional Doctorate, Occupational Therapy, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minn.  MS, Occupational Therapy, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, Mo.BA, Biology, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. Research Occupational therapy’s role … Continued

Freeman, Mark

Education MBA, Health Systems Administration, Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, Pa.MEd, Adult Education, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.AS, Physician Assistant, Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pa.BA, Biology, Washington & Jefferson … Continued

Dalessio, Samantha

Education CScD, Medical Speech-Language Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa. MS, Speech-Language Pathology, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, N.Y.BS, Communicative Disorders, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I. Research Effects of … Continued

Truitt-Smith, Amanda

Education EdD, Special Education, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa.Post Masters Certification, Special Education Supervision, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, Pa.MS, Communications Sciences and Disorders, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion, … Continued
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