Public health is an integral part of our community, connecting us all. Focus on health education and promotion, public health policy, public health nursing, non-profit, or governmental work, and protect and improve the health of the people around you.

By its very nature, public health is interdisciplinary. It combines the five core public health areas: social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, biostatistics, and occupational and environmental health sciences, along with political science, sociology, psychology, and other social sciences.

Explore Internships & Careers

Earn experience in the field prior to graduation with an internship in your area of interest. Placements include local government, community health clinics, health outreach organizations, and more.

Discover your interests and be empowered to shape your education through community-based learning opportunities.

You will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers. Here are some examples of fields you can enter.

  • Infectious disease
  • Food safety and nutrition
  • Chronic disease
  • Public safety
  • Global health
  • Public health administration
  • Environmental health

Course Highlights

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Coming soon.

Global Health

This course will introduce you to health indicators, major determinants, trends, and initiatives for achieving equity in health globally.

Health & Society

Coming soon.

School of Science & Health

Majors & Minors

Consider a dual degree program

Dual degree & accelerated pathways are designed for high-achieving students to earn an undergraduate and graduate degree efficiently and economically.

Clubs & Orgs

We have a variety of opportunities for you to get involved from the moment you set foot on campus.

Civic Leaders
Du It Forward

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

Loras prepares students well to go directly into the workforce or to pursue graduate study in public health or a complimentary area of interest. We know that many students have a strong interest in advancing public and community health and we believe the new major will be of significant interest to current and future students.

— Donna Heald
Provost and Academic Dean

Meet Your Professors

Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper  PhD

Professor of Biology

Molly McDonald Figgins

Molly M. McDonald Figgins  PhD ATC

Associate Professor of Athletic Training
Athletic Training Program Director

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