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Public Health

Overview

Want to make a difference in the health of individuals and communities? Are you looking for a major to prepare you for employment and graduate work in a health field such as nutrition, addictions, community health, nursing, occupational therapy, or physician’s assistant? The Public Health program provides a dynamic and academically rigorous environment in which students investigate, learn, and apply knowledge through service learning, civic engagement, and scholarship.

You’ll complete an interdisciplinary core of classes, which will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of health within the larger context of both the community and global environment.

Public Health promotes:

  • Strong student mentoring and professional development
  • Hands-on and applied learning opportunities
  • A collaborative and engaged learning environment

Program Options

This interdisciplinary major includes three options.

Population Health

Students choosing the population health option will work to change policies, environments, attitudes, and behaviors that affect health. This option offers three specializations: community health, behavior and health, and pre-professional health. The community health specialization prepares students for professional careers in community health education, global health, or for graduate programs in public health or health education. The behavior and health specialization prepares students for graduate programs and careers in health psychology, health coaching, pain management, or behavioral health. The pre-professional health specialization is a flexible track for students intending to pursue advanced study and careers in nursing, physician's assistant, chiropractic, occupational therapy, medical school or other health-related professions.

Nutrition

The nutrition option can prepare you to pursue careers in dietetics, food service management, community nutrition, and health promotion. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be qualified to apply to dietetic internships, which is the next step to becoming a registered dietitian. Along with the scientific foundation, the nutrition option includes the study of how food and eating are influenced by one’s environment.

Addiction and Pre-Professional Mental Health Option

Equipped with an understanding of addiction and pre-professional mental health, students in this option prepare for further studies in fields of addiction or mental health or entry level employment in addiction. Further studies include mental health and/or addiction graduate programs and entry level employment may include mental health worker, addiction specialist, residential counselor, mental health technician, research assistants and other related jobs.

The addiction minor offers addiction courses in preparation for further studies or entry level employment in the addictions field. The curriculum emphasizes research, theory, and practice regarding the continuum of care in addictions.

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Outcomes

Public health graduates from Keene State College will be able to:

  • Discuss the relationship between health and public policy.
  • Identify and explain the social determinants that influence personal and population health.
  • Design effective health interventions.
  • Apply evidence-based knowledge in public health.
  • Apply behavior change theories in public health.
  • Identify and apply ethical principles.
  • Critically evaluate health information through the application of information literacy skills.
  • Effectively communicate health information.
  • Use research methods to complete scholarly work.

I had the chance to work for a coconut oil company in Nicaragua. It has created an entirely new economy in a part of the country that barely has access to electricity.
-Kelsey Bumsted '14

Career and Other Opportunities

Graduates go on to professional or graduate programs in a range of health fields, including nutrition, addictions, behavioral health, health promotion, as well as nursing, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and naturopathic medicine. In addition, our graduates are working in a variety of fields:

  • WIC nutritionist
  • Nutrition services supervisor
  • Diet technician
  • Registered dietitian
  • Food service manager
  • Public health nutritionist
  • Nutrition and fitness coach
  • Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
  • Community health worker
  • Program manager
  • Health coach
  • Medical unit coordinator
  • Counselor
  • Drug/alcohol counselor
  • Court assistant
  • Recovery specialist
  • Case manager
  • Patient advocates
  • School counselors
Breanna Butler ’14
January 23, 2019 –

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Appian Way Arch in Winter
January 15, 2019 –

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Tyler Dabrowski '13 at the Pyeongchang Olympics
July 20, 2018 –

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