Why major in public health education?

Application Deadlines
Feb. 1* | April 15^
Dec. 15
May 1

*Freshman Priority Deadline
^Transfer Priority Deadline

The Public Health Education program is based on a strong foundation in the health sciences, social sciences and psychology. You'll think critically and scientifically, while enhancing communication skills and leadership experiences with a focus on social justice. You will be exposed to the ethical principles of public health practice in your work with diverse populations.

Public health students experience:

  • Applied learning. All students complete a 12-credit internship, engage in service-learning projects, and are encouraged to participate in public health study abroad opportunities.
  • Flexibility and convenience. Earn your degree on-campus or 100% online.
  • Opportunities for advancement. Earn both your undergraduate and graduate degrees at UND in just five years.

You'll study core areas of public health including epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences and health policy and management. You'll have the option to choose a path that allows you to serve the broader public or one that prepares you to teach health education in schools. Advanced skills in health communication may also prove beneficial to students with graduate and professional interests in medicine, nursing, and allied helath.

Public Health Education at UND

  • Learn the principles of evidence-based public health and key elements such as health communications, health policy, law, and ethics.

  • Understand how community health programs are developed and implemented.

  • Apply skills and knowledge in a supervised internship and service-learning projects.

  • The major accommodates pre-professional students in areas such as pharmacy, optometry, medicine, and dentistry.

  • 100% of our graduates who apply to graduate school are accepted. 

  • Become eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam after completing the program. 

Public Health Careers


Median salary for health educators and community health workers

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


Job growth outlook for health educators and community health workers through 2028

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

The value of epidemiologists, biostatisticians, health care administrators and public health educators to society has been highlighted significantly as we tackle the global COVID-19 pandemic. As researchers and educators, we play a critical role in preparing the next generation of public health problem solvers. 

The B.S. in Public Health Education will allow you to pursue careers in:

  • Public health education, including teaching health in schools
  • Health promotion
  • Environmental health
  • Community, rural and global health
  • Epidemiology
  • Nutrition
  • Health informatics, economics and biostatistics
  • Maternal and child health
  • Health services research
  • Health policy and health planning and assessment
  • Wellness program management

Public health practitioners work in a variety of settings such as community health clinics, hospitals, community centers and nonprofit organizations. They also work in corporate and work site wellness programs.

Another career option is local or state health departments, or local parks and recreation departments that run health and wellness programs.

When You Major in Public Health Education

A Public Health Education degree gives you the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Grant Writing
  • Statistical Softwares
  • Strategic Planning
  • CPR
  • Microsoft Access

UND Public Health Education Major Alumni

Public Health Education alumni have gone on to a variety of successful careers with:

  • Altru Health System
  • 2u, Inc.
  • Centura Health Corporation
  • District Health Department
  • Essentia Health

Public Health Courses You Could Take

Leader in Action

Madison Wahlen is a graduate from the Public Health Education program at UND, and is currently completing the requirements for a dual M.D. and Ph.D.

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