Public Health

Study public health

As crucial members of a community, public health employees protect people from getting sick or injured while also promoting healthy behaviors at home, work and at play. Public health workers:

  • Conduct research to educate people about health
  • Vaccinate children and adults to prevent the spread of disease
  • Educate people/communities about the risks of alcohol and tobacco
  • Set safety standards to protect workers
  • Develop school nutrition programs to ensure kids have healthy food

Courses at Harper prepare you to transfer to a four-year university. Studying public health can lead to a career as community health worker, occupational health and safety technician, environmental scientist, medical and health services manager, or health educator.

Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in public health, health administration or a related major. Speak with your advisor about the best courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Flexible program options

Explore Public Health Careers

Learn more about career outcomes for Harper's Public Health degree programs. Each career profile offers a complete picture on the local job market, including salaries, open positions, top local employers and more. To learn more, visit our Public Health Careers page.


Next steps

For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Public Health Program News

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Last Updated: 9/22/23