Public Health

Wartburg’s public health major aspires to educate passionate leaders committed to improving the health of their community. Public health is an interdisciplinary major that provides students with an understanding of the connections between public health and diverse disciplines, such as social sciences, biological sciences, and business. Wartburg’s program will provide students with a basic understanding of the five core public health knowledge areas: social and behavioral health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and administration, and environmental health. Through community-based projects, volunteer opportunities, and internships, students will leave understanding the role of public health in assuring health, improving health, and protecting against health threats.

Wartburg’s public health major focuses heavily on the practical experience students can gain through community-based class projects, volunteering opportunities, and internships. Students will be able to relate classroom learning to public health practice, enhancing the overall learning process and preparing them for a rewarding career in public health or to further their academic study in a graduate degree program.

Students in pre-health programs who are double majoring in Spanish will have the opportunity to participate in a unique Spanish for Health Professions program at the University of Oviedo, Spain, which includes advanced Spanish for Health Professionals course and a one-week clinical field experience in Oviedo at the end of the course. 


Professionals with a degree in public health can find careers with the government and in the private and public sectors. Some will use the degree as a platform for continuing their education in medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, pharmacy, or advanced studies in the health sciences. According to the Association of Schools of Public Health, the U.S. will be short more than 250,000 public health workers by 2020. Here are just a few ways to use a degree in public health:

Health care/nursing


Health education



International/global health

Public health law

Public health veterinary medicine

Behavioral science

Environmental health

Emergency preparedness/response

Health communications/journalism



Occupational health

Consumer safety

Community planning

Social work


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