Albion College’s interdisciplinary program balances coursework based in public health principles with hands-on experience. Students will build a diverse toolkit to evaluate public health challenges and identify potential solutions. Then, they will get to actually start doing the work of promoting health and improving lives.
Students will learn the foundations of public health, the practice of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health for groups of people. They will understand the core functions and services of the field.
Students will take an array of courses across different departments—anthropology, biology, chemistry, communications, economics and management, kinesiology, philosophy, psychology and sociology—based on their chosen track as well as their interests and career goals. They will learn by doing, in an internship, research project, or study abroad experience.
Top jobs for a Bachelor of Arts - Public Health
Skilled health care employees will be in high demand in the current market and in the future, according to labor market projections. However, contrary to popular belief, being a health care professional does not necessarily imply becoming a nurse or a doctor; there are many different ways to work in health where you can have a significant impact on people's lives. One option is to look into jobs in public health. You can pursue a variety of job routes after receiving a degree in public health or a related profession, depending on your interests.
There are many different types of careers offered, and more particular jobs among these:
Informatics and biostatistics
This is a public health employment path that is appropriate for persons with a bachelor's degree in public health, but not required. It entails examining data, recognizing trends, and applying the findings to evidence-based public health initiatives.
Have you seen a public health campaign in your neighborhood or a television commercial that instructs you on what to do in the event of a pandemic? All of this is due to health promotion and communication. You could work as a public health department's public relations manager or as a spokeswoman.
Community health professionals assist in the resolution of public health issues in their areas. They may organize more comprehensive programs to give remedies, such as health and wellness education and campaigns for local residents.
Education in Public Health
Do you enjoy teaching about public health and inspiring young people to make a difference? Then perhaps a career in public health education is for you. You may teach college students or hold public health workshops for policymakers.
Management of Emergencies
An emergency can result from a public health problem, and persons with a public health degree can work in emergency management. This entails being in charge of or involved in developing a management plan in the event of an emergency, such as an epidemic, so that victims can receive the assistance they require.
There's no doubting that environmental issues can contribute to a public health catastrophe, whether it's contaminated water, pollution from a neighboring factory causing disease in community members, or keeping people safe from smoke inhalation during a wildfire. Unfortunately, the list continues on and on, which means that anyone working in environmental public health — especially in the face of accelerating climate change — will have plenty of job possibilities.
Epidemiologists are public health experts that strive to track and prevent disease spread. They accomplish this by understanding where they come from, knowing how to generate data-driven solutions, and being able to collaborate quickly and efficiently with community and global health departments.
There is a lot of research that needs to be done in the field of public health. We are continually learning about new trends, knowledge, and interrelationships. Research is an important aspect of public health response, and you may be a part of it.
Public health cannot exist without the "health" component. Except that, unlike a doctor, a public health expert working in medical practice would be treating entire communities and groups of individuals who may be suffering from, say, an outbreak or pandemic.
Mental health is an important aspect of public health that, however, does not often receive as much attention as physical health. Working in public health as a mental health professional allows you to address broad mental health issues.
Administration and Public Policy
Laws are frequently required to put public health research, tactics, and remedies into action. Being on this side of public health means you can put in the effort.
Behavioral and Social Science
How do social influences in society affect individual and societal health? Investigate how health issues can be mitigated and addressed at their source.
Since its founding in 1835, Albion College has grown and expanded its vision of a liberal arts education grounded in purpose, passion and academic excellence. Albion College is nationally recognized for its academic excellence in the liberal arts tradition, a learning-centered commitment, and a future-oriented perspective.
Albion College is committed to liberal education in the arts and sciences. It is the College's belief that such an education empowers individuals to live lives of constructive purpose and accomplishment, enriched by the confidence and pleasure that comes from thinking logically, imaginatively and humanely. In light of this vision, Albion College seeks to create and maintain, in a residential setting, a supportive, intellectually stimulating community which exhibits and prizes curiosity, creativity, dissent and diversity.
Teaching and learning are central to the mission of Albion College. This means that while the faculty are productive in scholarly and creative endeavors, their primary commitment is to teaching–specifically, to fostering the intellectual engagement and growth of students. The primary responsibility of students at Albion College is to develop mastery in the methods by which knowledge is acquired, critically evaluated, and appropriately applied. The college believes such an emphasis prepares students for a lifetime of learning and a multiplicity of possible careers by developing their broad reasoning, writing and speaking abilities. While the classroom is at the heart of the school’s educational mission, Albion College believes that the entire College community should share in the learning experiences found in the school’s residential setting and through involvement in out-of-classroom opportunities and experiences, including those in the City of Albion.