Public Health Major

Public Health Overview

As a collective endeavor to promote well-being, public health needs people who can understand health from a variety of perspectives and who are dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of all members of society.

The major in public health brings to bear the interdisciplinary resources of the liberal arts on the challenges of building healthier communities in an increasingly complex and dynamic world. It holistically combines foundational concepts in the science of human health and disease with theories and methods of public health data collection, and an appreciation of the socioeconomic and cultural factors that impact health.

Upon completing a major in public health, students will be prepared for a broad array of career or graduate study opportunities in fields that include epidemiology, biostatistics, health education, health policy, environmental health, emergency preparedness, health communications, consumer health and safety, and community health project management.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Public Health Requirements

Considering a major or minor in Public Health? Here’s what it takes.

Public Health Major and Minor

Public Health Courses

Check out our course offerings!

Public Health Special Opportunities

Clinical placements, internships and J Term courses abroad offer public health majors opportunities to put into practice the ideas and methods they have learned in their course work.

More about special opportunities.

Public Health Faculty

Meet our Public Health faculty.

Still Have Questions? 

Contact the Public Health program director.