Public Health


If your goal is to work within a community to help people improve their health and well-being, you may want to consider a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in public health or you can choose a minor in public health. As a public health student at Cumberlands, you will study with caring, experienced faculty members who can help you tailor a program of study unique to your interests. 

Diverse course offerings, field trips, and guest speakers expose students to the wide variety of careers open to graduates in the field of public health. As you build a strong academic foundation, you will learn a variety of skills necessary for you to help individuals and families live healthier lives, including the use of technology and communication skills.

In addition to your classroom studies, you’ll have an option to participate in an on-site internship for a semester with an organization and agency in your field of interest, under the guidance of a working professional. Faculty members from the department will help you plan your internship and will coordinate the supervision of your work.

After you graduate, you will be prepared to continue your studies in graduate school or to work in a variety of public health settings that works to improve the quality of people’s lives by promoting health and fitness.


What Can I Do With This Degree?

If you enjoy helping others improve or maintain their health and fitness, a public health major may be of interest to you. The different career avenues in public health are vast and drastically increasing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “10 of the 20 fastest growing occupations are health-related and it is estimated that between the years 2008-2016, health care will generate 3.2 million new jobs. New employment opportunities are available as technology advances becomes even more important in the health care field.

Below is a list of possible career opportunities for individuals interested in the field of public health:

  • Public Health Educator for Local Health Department
  • Community Health Educator in a Hospital Setting
  • Health or Patient Educator for Voluntary Health Agency
  • Nursing Home Activities Director
  • Nursing Home Administrator
  • Epidemiologist
  • Medical Transcriptionist
  • Medical Records Technician
  • Health and Safety Educator
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Equipment and Supply Representative
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Tobacco Prevention Director
  • Environmentalist for Local Health Department
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Wellness Program Director
  • Worksite Health Promotion Manager

*** Some careers require certifications or advanced training after graduation.