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Public Health B.S.

Focus on practical solutions to promote positive health changes in public and private settings.
A student collects health data in a lab.
Student works in a laboratory.

About this Program

  • Acquire essential skillsets for careers in health program management: Manage the day-to-day operation of programs designed to improve the health of participants (staff supervision, program development and implementation, program monitoring and evaluation and coordination of services).
  • Gain the skills needed to become a health advocate: Support and promote the rights of community members in the health care arena, build capacity to improve community health and enhance health policy initiatives.
  • Learn community health education: Develop educational campaigns and programs to promote healthy habits and environments.
  • Pursue health marketing and communications: Apply traditional marketing and health promotion principles to increase community awareness of important advancements in health and health-protecting services.

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

Career Path

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David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Falk College academic degree programs focus on holistic health and wellbeing, human performance, and sport business enterprise. The college’s signature emphasis on experiential learning supports student success through intentional internship requirements, faculty-mentored research projects, immersion travel, and global study abroad. At every stage of their education, Falk College students engage in meaningful work to advance their disciplines and careers.
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Core coursework includes biology, oral communication, nutrition and psychology. Sample courses include: 

  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Disparities and Underserved Populations
  • Human Health and Disease
  • Public Health Data and Decision-Making

Extracurricular Opportunities

Practical Experience

Practical Experience

The public health program combines coursework with a variety of field opportunities to prepare students for a future in public health. The program includes 500 hours of community-based service and fieldwork. 

  • Write for the award-winning student health magazine Healthy You.
  • Devote time to providing health education and resources to the 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, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Planned Parenthood.
Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

There are plenty of opportunities for research working side-by-side with faculty on projects involving malaria elimination, mindfulness-based meditation, community-level violence and childhood exposure to environmental toxins, among many others.

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S.,  Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. 

Public health majors most often go abroad to:

  • Syracuse University centers: Florence, Italy; London, England; and Madrid, Spain.
  • World Partner programs: American University Nairobi; CEDEI Semester in the Andes (Cuenca, Ecuador); SIT South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy; the University of New South Wales; and the University of Queensland.
  • Summer programs: Drug Policy and Harm Reduction in Global Perspective (Vancouver); South Africa Immersion: A Global Health Education Experience; and Global Cities and Transnational Identities (Mexico City).

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