As a Public Health major, you will focus on practical solutions to promote positive health changes in public and private settings. The program will prepare you to build community, corporate, and college health programs; design health messages to inspire people to action; and pursue careers in such fields as:

  • Policy Administration: Act as a liaison between the government and public health entities.
  • Health Education: Develop educational campaigns and programs to promote healthy habits and environments.
  • Substance Abuse: Help those struggling with addiction and build programs to reduce drug and abuse issues.
  • Community Health: Interact directly with the public to address the health concerns that affect members of diverse populations.

Sample Courses

Core coursework includes biology, oral communication, nutrition, and psychology. Sample courses include:

  • Public Health Ethics
  • Alcohol, Other Drugs, Sex and Gambling: Dynamics of Addiction
  • Epidemiology of Modern Plagues
  • The Impact of Addictions on Families and Relationships
  • Culture and Reproductive Health and Medicine
  • Global Health

Practical Experience

The Public Health program combines coursework with hands-on research and a variety of field opportunities to prepare students for a future in public health.

  • Write for the award-winning student health magazine Healthy You.
  • Delve into student-led research at the Syracuse-area Amaus Medical Services clinic for the uninsured.
  • Devote time to providing health education and resources to the SU campus and surrounding community as a member of the student-organized Society for Public Health Education.
  • Intern at prominent organizations such as The American Red Cross, The March of Dimes, and Planned Parenthood.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Public Health students most often study abroad in Florence, South Africa, and Amsterdam.

Explore Study Abroad opportunities for students in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

Life after Syracuse University

As a graduate with a degree Public Health, you can explore such careers as:

  • Community Educator
  • Addiction Treatment Program Manager
  • Clinical Administrator
  • Evaluation Specialist

Or, pursue a graduate degree in health-related law, medicine, nursing, physician assistance, pharmacy, or dentistry.

Learn more about Public Health.