Public Health


B.A. or B.S. in Public Health, Community Health Worker Certificate

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For adult students who want to earn bachelor's degrees and start or advance in dynamic careers in public health — or apply public health expertise to health professions.

Next steps

Public health is about influencing the behavior and attitudes of society for long-term change through health promotion, policy and the integration of public health expertise into healthcare delivery. Students who major in public health at St. Kate's are ethical, patient and creative problem solvers. They're eager and excited to solve complex heath issues that affect us in an increasingly global world, such as access to healthcare, infectious diseases, water pollution and genetically modified foods.

Advance Your Career 

A St. Kate’s degree in public health is excellent preparation for a range of professions — or, if you're currently working in healthcare, finishing your bachelor's degree and taking your career to the next level. Some students prepare for graduate study in public health or related areas. Our curriculum allows you to specialize in one of two areas: public policy and social sciences or community health worker.

A focused option: Community Health Worker certificate

In addition to the option to earn an Evening/Weekend/Online bachelor's degree with a Public Health major, St. Kate's offers a Community Health Worker certificate.  In this focused, nine-month option, you'll prepare to work at the front lines of health improvement, working in the community to educate individuals so they can gain access to essential health services. The certificate is open to women and men. After completing the certificate, you can continue on in Evening/Weekend/Online at St. Kate's to earn your bachelor's degree with a Public Health major.

Nationally recognized program

St. Kate’s received a grant from the Association of American Colleges & Universities and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research to design three public health courses “that engage students with the world’s major questions.”

Our “Foundations of Public Health” course provides an overview of public health in the United States and examines the effects of race, gender and class on population health; “Epidemiology” includes ethical issues and case studies; and “Global Health” addresses population trends, pandemics and media reports.

Our faculty members — recognized experts in the field — will support, challenge and mentor you along your educational journey.

Diverse life experiences

St. Kate's Evening/Weekend/Online students are adult students from a wide variety of backgrounds, with life and professional experiences within and outside healthcare, so you get richer classroom discussions and new insights. You also have opportunities to increase your knowledge in public health through service learning, capstone projects, structured research and study abroad courses.

Learning outcomes

St. Catherine University is dedicated to preparing Public Health students according to the standards set forth by the Associations of Schools of Public Health as outlined in the technical standards.