Public Health Major and Minor


Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. It is a multidisciplinary field to prevent disease, promote wellness, and ensure access to quality health care.

With a degree in public health from Goshen College, you will study and understand local and global health disparities and work on solutions to minimize them.

Your Path to a Career in Public Health

Through the interdisciplinary nature of the public health initiatives at GC, you will take courses from disciplines such as biology, business, chemistry, communications, nursing, psychology, and sociology to provide you with a well-rounded experience. You will also have the chance to experience public health in an immersive context through our nationally-recognized Study-Service Term (SST) program, which offers students the opportunity to approach life, leadership, and career as global citizens, collaborating for the common good and respecting human dignity across cultural differences.

Learn How to Address Global and Local Health Disparities

Public health programs study protecting and enhancing the health of people and communities. It is a multidisciplinary field that works to prevent disease and promote health at the community and population level. Students pursuing a degree in public health from GC will study local and global health disparities and work on solutions to reduce them.

  • Our Mission – Goshen College’s Public Health Program nurtures the next generation of public health leaders through community-engaged learning and social justice-oriented action to reduce health disparities and transform our world.
  • Our Vision – Goshen College’s Public Health Program prepares students to cultivate equitable communities through disease prevention, health education, and health promotion in local and global populations.

Experience Public Health in an Immersive Context

The public health program at Goshen College is unique in that students have the opportunity to experience public health through our nationally-recognized Study-Service Term (SST) program. SST aims to foster global leaders who are both adaptable and innovative, able to collaborate for the common good, and respect human dignity across cultural boundaries.

Our Goal is Your Success After Graduation

With a degree in public health from GC, you will be well prepared for graduate education and a wide range of careers.

  • Your career as a public health professional might focus on non-clinical areas such as policy and education.
  • Maybe you will interact directly with the public to address health concerns that affect diverse populations.
  • You might assist medical professionals and educators by engaging community members through collecting data or delivering health programs.
  • Or, after graduation with a bachelor’s degree in public health, graduates might continue for an advanced degree in public health education or other health professions.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates a strong job outlook from 2020 to 2030; community health workers and health educators have projected job growth of up to 17% in Indiana and 18% nationally. Possible career opportunities include:

  • Disease control
  • Community health worker
  • Certified health education specialist
  • Working in public health organizations
  • Occupational health

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Faculty & Staff

Brianne Brenneman

Assistant Professor of Public Health

Jewel Yoder

Associate Professor of Nursing
Department Chair; Director of Baccalaureate Nursing Programs