Degree Description

The Public Health major is designed to prepare students interested in careers that involve planning, implementing, and evaluating public health programs for individuals, groups, and populations in a variety of settings that include worksites, hospitals, schools, and communities. As healthcare costs continue to rise in the United States, training a highly skilled public health workforce that can design and implement effective prevention programs and policies is becoming a much greater priority. Courses in this major introduce students to the five core public health competency areas (Behavioral Social Sciences, Biostatistics, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management). An internship at a worksite or in a clinical, community, or government public health setting is part of the curriculum. The goal of the program is to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of public health areas. Students may also choose to continue with professional education in areas such as public health (e.g., a Masters in Public Health is offered by the Department), nursing, occupational or physical therapy and medicine.


Graduates may work as a public health professional in the following settings: 

Changing your major to Public Health Promotion or Public Health Promotion Concentration
CODO Process for Students Interested in Health and Human Sciences Majors

Degree Requirement Sheets/Four Year Plans

Public Health Promotion Degree Requirement Sheet - Fall 2012
Public Health Promotion Four Year Plan - Fall 2012
Public Health Promotion Concentration Degree Requirement Sheet - Fall 2012
Public Health Promotion Concentration Four Year Plan - Fall 2012

Public Health Degree Requirement Sheet - Fall 2013

       Fall 2013 University Foundational Learning Outcomes
Public Health Four Year Plan - Fall 2013

Additional Resources
Internship (HK 49200) Information
Boiler Bytes: Students reach out to the community through Pete's Pals
Plan of Study Worksheet
5 Students Who Are Policy Makers - Melissa Vargas
5 Students Who Are Inspired by Purdue Women - Chelsea Hayes


American Public Health Association
This Is Public Health
Society for Public Health Education
What is Public Health?
Certified Health Education Specialist(C.H.E.S.)
Health Promotion Career Network (Job Listings)
IUPUI Public Health Jobs Resource