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Public Health

HEHP is proud of our Public Health faculty member, Dr. Leslie Hart, and her work investigating the environmental impact of man-made chemicals on the health of both bottlenose dolphins and college-aged students.  Her work is featured in Episode 7 of BBC America's Planet Earth: Blue Planet II

Message from the Director

Public health is a growing and essential field of study.  During the twentieth century, public health efforts improved overall quality of life and increased life expectancy. More recently, emphasis has been placed on achieving health equity and addressing social determinants of health.  The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics 10-year job projections anticipate a 23.8% growth in the public health field. All of the major content areas in public health are covered in the B.S. in Public Health major. In addition, majors gain practical, hands-on experience through coursework, including their internship/independent study and numerous other opportunities.


About the Program

The public health program at the College of Charleston is interdisciplinary.  All Public Health majors must take four core courses (Introduction to Public Health, Global Health, Epidemiology, and Health Communication) as well as courses in health policy, environmental health, and ethics.  Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health majors must also take seven additional Public Health classes and Human Anatomy and Human Physiology.  All students must complete an internship or independent study. 

The B.S. in Public Health is recommended for students needing a strong science background to enter graduate or professional school or those who want to obtain a challenging entry-level position in health promotion, health education, or many other Public Health careers.  This degree is also for students interested in becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Our Mission

The primary mission of the interdisciplinary public health program is the academic preparation of students interested in all aspects of public health.  Students will be able to identify, research, and apply public health concepts in a variety of content areas (e.g. global, epidemiological, and health communication.)  This program prepares students for a wide variety of post-graduation options, including but not limited to employment opportunities in health agencies, allied health fields, health administration, or pursuit of a graduate degree.

What is Public Health?

"Identifying the health problems that impact populations, working with a variety of stakeholders (e.g. community members, government officials, medical professionals, academics) to plan solutions to these problems, and assuring that everyone has the knowledge and potential to live a healthy lifestyle." - Christy Kollath-Cattano, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance

What can a student do with a B.S. in Public Health?

Employment: This program will prepare students for careers in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, epidemiology and biostatistics; health policy, management, and administration; health promotion and education; nursing; maternal and child health; global health; environmental health; occupational safety and health; nutrition; and emergency preparedness.  Possible places of employment include local and state health departments, federal organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and National Institutes of Health, for-profit and non-profit health agencies, hospitals, insurance companies, among others.

Continuing Education

Public health-focused post-graduate degrees include:

  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Science (ScD)

Other post-graduate degrees which students might pursue include:

  •  Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  •  Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
  •  Physician Assistant (PA)
  •  Physical Therapist (PT)
  •  Occupational Therapist (OT)
  •  Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  •  Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  •  Registered Nurse (RN)
  •  Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  •  Juris Doctor (JD)

Public Health Core Courses

Additional Courses

Additional requirements outside of the department:

  • Health Policy Course – select one of 8 options
  • Environmental Health Course – select one of 7 options
  • Health Ethics Course – select one of 4 options
  • Human Physiology/Lab (BIOL 201/L)
  • Human Anatomy/Lab (BIOL 202/L)

Download the public health brochure for more information.

Public Health Road Map

All BS in Public Health majors are required to complete an independent study or an internship. The internship provides students with real-life experience to apply their classroom learning. Please review the Public Health Internship Manual for more information regarding this valuable opportunity.

Public Health Internship Manual

Download the Public Health Internship Manual

Public Health Faculty

Bachelor of Science 


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