Students pursuing the Public Health major complete courses that promote and support individual and community health and well-being. Public health students develop the critical thinking and analytic skills necessary to address topics such as access to health care, health promotion, disease prevention, health disparities, health economics, health policy, and others.
The Public Health major prepares students for careers or post-graduate work with county, state, or federal government agencies, as well as international governments and organizations. Public health professionals may also work for private nonprofit and for-profit organizations related to the health care system, ranging from advocacy organizations to pharmaceutical corporations. Students may also go on to graduate school in Public Health or other areas.
Potential senior internship projects include experiences at the Polk County or Iowa Department of Public Health, or other health care agencies. Experiences are coordinated through the CPHS Office of Experiential Education.