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Public Health

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Take Your Place Among Global Leaders with a Public Health Degree from Gannon University 

    Public health is the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting community health through planned and organized efforts. Public health professionals are at the center of many of the world’s most pressing health and environmental issues. Now is the time when you can become a leader in this vital field through Gannon University’s public health program.

    • Learn cutting-edge techniques to contain the spread of infectious diseases.
    • Research methods and ways of improving access to and advocating for health care in the community.
    • Focus on health promotion, disease prevention and addressing today's complex health problems.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Public Health

    • Choose from among three concentration tracks: health education, communication and community health; science; or health care with management.
    • Learn to deliver health and wellness programs that target specific population groups to create a healthier world. 

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Gain extensive hands-on classroom and service-learning opportunities, and pursue an internship in your field of interest.
    • Train in behavioral and community-based intervention strategies to respond to current and future challenges to public health. 

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key public health courses including: 

    Public Health: Explore factors such as individual medical care, community-wide health projects, laws and other influences through an introductory study of community and societal health.

    Epidemiology for Public Health: Study the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease in populations and its influence on public health policy.

    Public Health Internship:  Apply the foundational knowledge gained from academic coursework in a professional public health or related setting of interest to refine critical thinking, problem solving, communication and professional skills.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    Our public health program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can: 

    • Prepare for a career in health-related agencies, medical centers, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, schools, private and public health organizations or local, state and federal health departments.  
    • Earn the highest paid annual wage of $88,580 to $93,910 for public health workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate in a professional manner, using written and verbal methods appropriate to the field of public health.
  2. Demonstrate accurate problem-solving abilities as applied to the health professions.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of ethical aspects of health care and the critical thinking processes involved in making health care decisions.
  4. Critically analyze research and interpret research findings related to public health studies.
  5. Discuss current societal, governmental, ethical, scientific or business issues related to global health issues.
  6. Discuss the interrelationship between individual lifestyle choices, societal influence and personal health.
  7. Effectively use information technology to participate in learning activities.
Sally Klinner

Sally Klinner Public Health

"My professors are knowledgeable, approachable, compassionate and genuinely care about the well- being and success of each of their students."

Emma Oas

Emma Oas Public Health

“Gannon’s public health program gave me many different avenues that I could explore. I was able to narrow down what my interests were in and take classes that were pertaining to that. I plan to join the Peace Corps as a stepping stone to a place where I can use my work and abilities as a public health professional.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.