Public Health

Earn an in-demand degree in public health.

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. With a bachelor's degree in public health, graduates can make an impact on public health locally and globally, conducting research, educating, and coordinating resources to prevent the spread of diseases.

Using real-world cases (such as those related to recent COVID-19 pandemic), field work and practicum, students in Duquesne's public health program learn what it takes to improve health care globally.

Duquesne's Public Health program follows the Accreditation Criteria for Standalone Baccalaureate Programs in Public Health adopted by the Council on Education for Public Health in 2016.

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The Duquesne University Public Health program provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to addressing public health challenges. Through a combination of coursework, research, and practical experiences, students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to promote health, prevent disease, and improve the well-being of communities.

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Interested in becoming a Physician or Medical Professional?

Along with a scientific background, it is essential that future physicians and other health professionals also understand Public Health and the humanistic perspective of health care. Learn how we provide undergraduate students with the necessary academic preparation and a unique and clinically-relevant education that embodies this concept

Find your fit connecting science and service.

Want to study infectious and chronic diseases, environmental health and general epidemiology? Look at our Bachelor of Science degree, an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the scientific dimensions of health. While this degree can be used to start a career, it can also serve as a steppingstone to medical schools, pharmacy schools, and other health related professional programs.

If social, behavioral and community health aspects of public health, program planning, development, and assessment are more in line with your interests, explore our Bachelor of Arts degree.

Public health covers a broad range of disciplines and issues, including such topics as environmental pollution, access to health insurance, behavioral health, substance abuse, spread of infectious disease, bioterrorism, and obesity. The minor can serve as a precursor to further study in public health, other health professions, or any fields in which the health of persons and populations is a relevant concern. 


Career Options

Make your mark on health care. There is a shortage of public health professionals globally. The projected percent change in employment from 2019 to 2029 is 13% increase. The average growth rate for all occupations is 4 percent.

Public health workforce shortages even more critical in much of the developing world. Despite representing 11% of the world's population and 24% of the global burden of disease, sub-Saharan Africa has only 3% of the world's health workers and commands less than 1% of the world's health expenditures.

Improve health outcomes in underserved communities. Assess air and water quality across the globe. Improve quality of life for an aging population. Public health graduates have many career paths available to them, often in non-profit, corporate, academic, government and hospital settings. Depending on the field you intend to study, the average salary is $62,000 but ranges from $38,000 to $112,000.

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Dr. Urmi Ashar

Director of Public Health