Program: Public Health Science

Overview

Public Health Science

The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer degree provides students with a solid foundation in public health concepts and prepares them for further academic study in the disciplines of epidemiology, environmental health, global health, health services administration, and health education and promotion. Students will be prepared for careers in a variety of settings, including hospitals, state and local health departments, non-profit agencies, educational institutions, research organizations, health clinics, and international programs.

Career Opportunities

Public Health focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles, preventing disease, and protecting the health of both individuals and communities. California is facing a serious public health workforce shortage.  The California Employment Development Department predicts a 19% job growth by 2024.  The U.S. Department of Labor estimates there will be a 21% increase in job growth and 250,000 jobs needed by 2020.

Some of the many fields of public health include Health Educators, Nutritionists, Community Health Planners, Emergency Preparedness Specialists, Epidemiologists, Health Care Administrators, Health Safety Inspectors, Public Health Nurses, Occupational Health and Safety Professionals, Public Health Policymakers, Scientists, and Researchers.

Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), Public Health Science

The Associate in Science in Public Health Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree is designed to prepare students with a general education in the principles, concepts, and methodologies of Public Health. Public Health is a dynamic field that focuses on community-based efforts to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote healthy environments and lifestyles. Students will be prepared for careers in a variety of settings, including hospitals, state and local health departments, non-profit agencies, educational institutions, research organizations, health clinics, and international programs. This degree is designed for seamless transfer to a California State University.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, the Public Health Science major will enable students to:

  • Appraise the guiding principles of public health as a discipline, including how public health differs from personal health.
  • Propose public health interventions to improve the health of a population.