Public Health Program

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

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).

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


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)