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Community and Public Health (B.S.)

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Promoting health through planning, policy and education.

The community and public health degree is designed to prepare students to use program planning, policy analysis and education to change the conditions and the systems that affect the health of people. The program provides students with the skills necessary to collect and analyze health data, to identify and plan for health needs, to implement and evaluate health programs that encourage healthy lifestyles and to advocate for better health policy. The curriculum engages students in thinking critically about creative solutions to health problems and recognizing that health is related to many issues, including genetics, environment, personal choices and behaviors. Community and public health professionals work in health care agencies, public health departments, public interest groups and research organizations that have an interest in improving the health and quality of life of others.

Majoring in community and public health is an excellent foundation for students to apply to various graduate and professional programs, which may include public health, health care administration, counseling, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical school, physician’s assistant school and chiropractor school.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Interested in health and wellness.
  • Work well with individuals of all ages.
  • Have strong interpersonal skills.
  • Have desire to help others and make a difference.

Career Opportunities

  • Health/wellness coach
  • Community health educator
  • Health journalist

Recent Employers

  • State and local health departments
  • Various health care systems
  • Continue for graduate education

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.