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Public Health (BS)


Public Health professionals care for the well-being of individuals and entire communities. Therefore, students studying within the program will acquire knowledge and skills to promote health and prevent disease across populations and within the U.S.A. healthcare system. With a flexible curriculum and coursework, SVSU's Public Health major has been designed to educate individuals for a field that is growing in demand. With a comprehensive approach, that enhances and expands upon experimental biology, epidemiology, healthy aging and health care systems as a whole—SVSU is applying public health concepts, approaches and tools to address some of the major public health challenges of today. Students gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills as they conduct research in the field and understand how social factors impact the health of entire populations.

Cardinal Points

  • SVSU students study abroad in New Zealand, Zambia, Cambodia, China, England, India, Indonesia and Vietnam to gain an international understanding of healthcare.

  • Fieldwork placements for students to gain experience in the field of public health and health administration.

  • The Public Health program has outstanding faculty who are widely published, have received numerous research grants and are considered scholars within their chosen disciplines. 

The Public Health degree is designed to provide students with an understanding of public health principles and practices. Students will focus their coursework on health promotion or health administration. Fieldwork provides students with an opportunity to gain experience in public health practice that will prepare them for future employment or graduate school.

Students can choose two tracks of study—Health Promotion (HP) or Health Administration (HA). 

Recommended Minors

Our Students After Graduation...


Health Departments
Nonprofit Agencies
Emergency Management Agencies

Graduate Programs

Saginaw Valley State University
MPH program and MBA with Health Administration concentration program

Career Opportunities

Health Educator
Health Promotion Specialist
Health Program Coordinator
Environmental Health Sanitarian
Healthcare/Hospital Budget Analyst
Healthcare/Hospital Computer Systems Analyst
Healthcare/Hospital Human Resources Specialist
Healthcare/Hospital Quality and Process Improvement Specialist
Long Term Care Activity Coordinator

  • 20% projected growth for employment of medical and health services manager with a bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • With a bachelor’s degree from SVSU’s Public Health program, students are prepared for a multitude of careers in the health, government, and private and public sectors. 

Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.