Augustana is a trailblazer for public health, a field focusing on the health and medical needs of communities. One of the first liberal arts colleges to offer a major and minor in public health, Augustana has a 100% acceptance rate for our graduates into public health master’s programs for 25 years.
Why so successful? It’s a combination of reasons.
Your liberal arts education will combine intensive focus in public health with broad learning, so important for an interdisciplinary field like public health. You’ll have career-building opportunities such as internships, professional conferences and service learning trips off campus and abroad.
More and more, the general approach to health care, wellness and health education means recognizing we need a deeper and more caring culture of prevention, and not just treatment. That’s public health, and it’s a natural fit with the culture at Augustana.
Health care occupations and industries are expected to add the most new jobs in the United States in the near future. Along with public health, Augustana graduates have gone on to graduate programs in epidemiology, toxicology, health administration and communication, and other health disciplines.
What you'll learn
Gain a deep understanding of your subject and how it connects to other subjects.
Interpret, represent and summarize information. Use math and statistics to solve problems.
Read and listen carefully. Express ideas (writing or speaking) suited to the audience.
Critical thinking and information literacy
Judge and construct arguments, raise questions and define problems. Make a conclusion based on evidence.
Examine and embrace your strengths, passions and values. Develop ethical convictions and act on them.
• Professional conference opportunities include the Great Plains Emerging Infectious Diseases Conference, the American Public Health Association annual meeting, and the Illinois Public Health Student Association Conference. Internships can take majors as far as Australia, but our own Quad Cities offers excellent and diverse resources for hands-on public health experience.
• Off-campus internships and service-learning experiences include winter term internships in Sydney, Australia; a public health, peace and justice internship at Baylor College of Medicine; and a service-learning program offering free health clinics in Nicaragua. Funding opportunities include $2,000 through Augie Choice, grants through Augustana’s William A. Freistat Center, and other sources.
• Many public health majors add a second major in a related field such as biology, communication studies, environmental studies, neuroscience, political science, pre-medicine, psychology, a language, sociology and anthropology, or women, gender and sexuality studies.
Tabitha Hoey ’21 is pursuing a Master of Public Health with a concentration in social and behavioral sciences at the University of Florida.
Krishna Marmé '20 is pursuing a Master of Public Health in Policy at the University of Iowa.
A $100,000 grant from Augustana College Trustee Christopher Coulter '94 and his wife, Melanie Berna Coulter '94, will mobilize Augustana students, faculty and staff as they partner with communities to solve the social, economic and environmental challenges facing the Quad-Cities region.