Public Health

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A high-demand and growing career field offering diverse application, public health focuses on protecting, promoting and improving health and wellness. It is an integrated field of study that is personally and professionally rewarding.

BW's public health major is one of only three undergraduate public health programs in Ohio. It was developed in consultation with physicians, leading scholars and public health agencies. It aligns with the standards of the American Public Health Association.

A comprehensive, rigorous major, public health includes coursework in biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, and social and behavioral sciences. It offers outstanding preparation for professional and graduate school, as well as immediate career application.

Full-time faculty with extensive public health experience bridge textbook studies with experiential learning. You'll gain the knowledge and skills to investigate the sources, intervening factors, and societal and moral impacts of health disparity across diverse populations.

Hands-on research, case studies and dynamic class projects offer meaningful learning opportunities. A capstone field experience provides real-world application with a public health agency.

Medical School Pipeline
An exclusive pre-med track for aspiring primary care physicians, BW's Primary Healthcare Advancement Program is a rigorous program of coursework and hands-on learning that can lead to early acceptance to medical school.

An academically selective program, it blends the coursework of the Public Health major with a comprehensive foundation of medical science and healthcare. Its distinctive approach is linked to the first-year curriculum of primary care-focused medical schools.

Early assurance partnerships include Ohio University's Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Career Marketable Major
Ranked among the fastest growing fields nationally and regionally, public health offers outstanding career opportunities. The U.S. News College Compass lists public health as one of the top ten college majors that leads to jobs.

Close to Cleveland
BW's 20-minute accessibility to Cleveland and its expansive offering of government  agencies, medical centers, and public health and nonprofit organizations provide outstanding opportunities for internships, job shadowing and career placement.

Career Opportunities

  • Medicine
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Health Care Manager
  • Public Health Analyst
  • Infectious Disease Manager
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Occupational Health Worker
  • Environmental Health Analyst


Offered as a major, public health focuses on disease investigation and prevention, health promotion and program management. It is a career- and graduate school-preparative program that includes interdisciplinary coursework and enriching hands-on experiences working with diverse communities and health care organizations.


Public health majors benefit from small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring.

BW's robust community outreach programs and student organizations offer outstanding opportunities for developing your career potential.

Public Health Club
promotes awareness about public health issues; generates and shares service and internship opportunities; creates professional fellowship and development opportunities; and advocates for preventative education, research and funding for the public health field.