Augustana offers a 32-credit major in public health, and a 20-credit minor in public health. Public health works well as a primary major or as a second major in combination with any of a number of related programs.
Augustana's public health graduates are well-prepared to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. They find meaningful work all over the country and the world, including with the Red Cross, county health departments, local hospital systems, health research firms, and the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.
Augustana has had a 100% acceptance rate for graduating students applying to master's programs in public health (M.P.H.) since 1997, when our first applicant was accepted.
Augustana graduates have always stood out in master's programs in public health, as well as graduate programs in epidemiology, toxicology, health administration, and health communication. Public Health majors and minors also frequently go on to graduate degrees in nursing, medicine, and physical therapy, among other health disciplines.
One reason for Augustana students’ success is their level of hands-on and professional preparation through internships, service learning trips, research assistantships, and professional conferences such as the Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference, the American Public Health Association annual meeting, and the Illinois Public Health Student Association Conference.
For more information, contact Dara Wegman-Geedey, chair of the public health program and professor of biology.