The minor/concentration in public health is designed for students who are interested in interventions aimed at improving health outcomes for society at large. The field will prepare students with disciplinary knowledge about the socio-economic, cultural, racial, and policy aspects of public health. They will gain an understanding of research methods, analysis of health policy, conducting community needs assessments, epidemiology, statistics, occupational and environmental sciences, health behavior, advocacy, and communication.
Graduates may work as health and safety engineers, environmental officers, health and safety experts, policy advocates, government workers, etc. According to BLS data, the median pay for a health and safety engineer was $89,130 in 2018 and these jobs are projected to grow 5% during 2018-28. Environmental scientists and specialists had a median wage of $71,130 in 2018, and these jobs are likely to grow 8% during the next decade. Epidemiologists had a median wage of $69,660 in 2018, and these jobs are projected to grow 5% during 2018-28.