Using Your Public Health Degree

Using Your Public Health Degree

St. Kate's is among the first institutions in the United States to offer a bachelor's degree with a major in public health. Our curriculum allows you to specialize in one of two areas: public policy or community health worker.

A bachelor's degree with a public health major is an excellent way to prepare for a range of professions — including food safety inspector, epidemiologist, emergency preparedness specialist and healthcare administrator — as well as graduate study in public health or related areas. 

A St. Kate’s degree in public health is also a great option if you're a working health professional seeking to complete a bachelor's degree and take your career in a new direction.

Real-life advantage

Employers report that new public health professionals with experience through volunteering or internships, like those offered at St. Kate’s, hold an advantage in the job market.

Health professionals: complete your bachelor's

St. Kate's Evening/Weekend/Online programs for adults have long been a place where working health professionals come to complete their bachelor's degrees. If you are working in a health profession, perhaps with an associate degree in occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, respiratory therapy, imaging technologies or another clinical field, you may find a bachelor's degree with a Public Health major helps you on your career pathway.  Clinical health experience, combined with public health expertise, can be a powerful combination.

Similarly, health professionals in non-clinical areas (health information, health administration, patient services, and so on) in the Public Health major will apply knowledge gained in health disparities, health advocacy, policy and research to expand their career prospects.

St. Kate's works with degree-completion students to make the credits they've earned at the associate level count toward bachelor's degrees. Find out more about transferring your credits to St. Kate's

Prepare for graduate school

Your degree from St. Kate’s will open doors for advanced-level work in graduate school.  Some students may go on to master's programs in public health, or in health administration, healthcare informatics, health leadership and other areas.

While you're an undergraduate Evening/Weekend/Online student, you may get a head start on a graduate degree by taking up to two courses in St. Kate's Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) Master of Business Administration (MBA) program.  Both the MAOL and MBA programs offer a healthcare leadership/management concentration.

Pre-OT/"3+2" option

The Public Health major is also an option for students seeking to prepare for careers in occupational therapy.  To become an occupational therapist, a graduate degree in occupational therapy is required.  St. Kate's offers a "3+2" option, in which qualified Evening/Weekend/Online students can complete a bachelor's degree with a public health or communication major. During their undergraduate senior year, "3+2" students take the first year of coursework for the Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy degree. Admissions for the 3+2 option are highly competitive.