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Community & Public Health (B.S.)

As a society, we have learned that a fuller measure of health and a better quality of life, is within the grasp of most people. The lifestyle choices a person makes today may influence that individual’s health forever. The Community and Public Health program is designed to prepare students in conducting health education and health promotion activities in a non-classroom setting. The program objectives are to facilitate the development of professional skills in program planning, implementation and evaluation as well as offer a broad course work curriculum in personal and community health. Majoring in Community and Public Health is an excellent foundation for students to apply to various graduate and professional programs, which may include: medical school, physician’s assistant school, chiropractor school, physical therapy school, occupational therapy school, and health administration and counseling.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Enjoy physical activity and sports
  • Work well with individuals of all ages
  • Are patient and creative
  • Have strong leadership skills

Career Opportunities

  • Community health educator
  • Health journalist
  • Patient education coordinator
  • Case manager
  • Graduate school in public health

Recent Employers

  • Sanford Profile
  • South Dakota Department of Health
  • Avera Health

Internship Opportunities

  • Public Health
  • City of Sioux Falls
  • Wellness Center
  • Corporate Wellness

Suggested Minors

  • Health Science
  • Biology
  • Communication Studies
  • Leadership and Management of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Health Communication

Clubs and Organizations

  • HEROH (Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health)

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.