B.S. in Public Health

Develop skills to protect the health of individuals, families, and communities and to make people’s lives safer and healthier with this high-demand degree.

Why Study Public Health at Rivier?

The need for public health professionals has never been greater. Public health workers play a dual role in protecting the public. Their work focuses on both prevention and education. B.S. in Public Health graduates will enter this dynamic field ready to address health-related issues that affect communities both on a local and global scale.

Taught by experts in the field, our Public Health program will prepare you for an exciting career protecting the safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy-making, and research for disease and injury prevention.

In the B.S. in Public Health program, you will:

  • Develop skills to practice in multiple public health-related fields
  • Learn about the core concepts of public health including health behavior, research, and statistics in health
  • Hone skills in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of community and public health services

Get Career Ready

At Rivier, we focus on professional, hands-on experiences to expand your knowledge beyond the theoretical foundations and prepare you for a successful career or graduate studies.

The program requires you to complete at least one internship and provides plenty of opportunities to apply classroom learning to real-world issues, building practical skills as well as an impressive resume. Students are active in public health-related community service projects to gain additional experience and exposure to a variety of challenges associated with the general public and smaller at-risk populations.

Additionally, various study abroad experiences ranging from faculty-led, week-long study tours to a semester abroad are available to all students.

For students interested in advancing their education after graduation, Rivier also offers a Master in Public Health (MPH) program. Your undergraduate study prepares you for a wide range of graduate programs, which will allow you to focus on specific areas of interest from epidemiology to healthcare management to nutrition.

Our Public Health courses teach us to prevent, promote, and protect the health of individuals and communities. Rivier prepared me to do this and so much more with skill, compassion, and empathy.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?

Rivier’s B.S. in Public Health will prepare you for exciting careers across multiple public health-related areas including pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, professional and advocacy organizations, governmental organizations, non-profit charity and service organizations, research organizations and voluntary health agencies both in the United States and globally.

Potential Job Roles

  • Public health analysts and advisors
  • Hospital administrators
  • Epidemiologists
  • Biostatisticians
  • Health inspectors and educators
  • Health communication and marketing specialists
  • Public health professionals in a variety of roles

Industries

Public Health professionals work in a variety of industries:

  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Administration
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Policy
  • Social and Public Policy
  • Global Health

After sitting in my first Public Health class, I fell in love with the program! I found everything about it fascinating. I decided to add a business minor to pursue my newly discovered dream of going into hospital administration.

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Join the workforce in this fast-growing field with the B.S. in Public Health.