Effective Fall 2020, the Public Health undergraduate major will be offered through the new Department of Public Health.

Public Health

The Public Health major prepares students to plan, implement, and evaluate 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 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. Some students choose to pursue graduate or professional education in areas such as public health (e.g., a Master of Public Health is offered by the Department), nursing, occupational (OT) or physical therapy (PT), and medicine.

Potential Job Titles

  • Worksite Wellness Director
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Health Education Specialist
  • Public Health Management Analyst
  • Health Communications Specialist
  • Chronic Disease Health Educator

Experiential Learning

  • Complete a 400 hour internship in such locations as Chicago, Indianapolis, or anywhere in the world
  • Participate in a departmental study abroad opportunity during the summer to Beijing Sport University

Potential Graduate School Options


  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Public Health Studies
  • Health Behavior & Promotion
  • Health Promotion & Education
  • Basic Public Health Science
  • Human Diseases & Disorders
  • Epidemiology
  • Population Health
  • Research Methods
  • Complete list of HK courses and descriptions

Degree Requirements & Academic Advising Worksheet

Effective Fall 2020, the Public Health undergraduate major will be offered through the new Department of Public Health.


How do I switch my major?

If you are interested in switching your major to Public Health, please visit the Change of Major page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.

How do I transfer to Purdue?

If you are interested in transferring to Public Health from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.

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