How to attain and promote health – in individuals and communities, bodies and behavior – is not only an essential question of our time, but a wide-ranging course of study. Students may focus on one of several areas, encompassing addictions, health promotion (community health or behavior & health), or nutrition.
If you’re interested in promoting health on an individual and community level, Public Health may be the major for you.
The Public Health Department provides a dynamic and academically rigorous environment in which students investigate, learn, and apply knowledge through service learning, civic engagement and scholarship.
With a curriculum that positions students for the growing demand for health professionals, this interdisciplinary program is comprised of three options: Population Health, Nutrition, and Addictions. More about Program Overview
Would you like a career centered on working to change policies, environments, attitudes, and behaviors that affect health? Or are you interested in pursuing advanced study in nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other health-related professions? Consider the Health Promotion option. Students who choose this option specialize in either community health or behavior and health. More about Health Promotion
Are you interested in the ways the food we eat impacts our health? Check out the Nutrition option. Public Health students who focus on nutrition prepare for careers in dietetics, food service management, community nutrition, and health promotion. More about Nutrition
If you want to prevent substance abuse or work with people who struggle with drug and alcohol problems, you’ll want to take a look at the Addictions option. The program offers both a theoretical understanding of substance abuse and practical methods of counseling and treatment. More about Addictions
In addition to classroom work, Keene State public health majors are likely to find themselves getting hands-on experience through practicum courses, internships, research, and service-learning opportunities.
Public health students have gone on to master’s and PhD programs and to careers as registered dietitians, substance abuse counselors, dining service managers, among other options.
Faculty members in the Public Health Department have real-life experience as nutritionists, substance abuse counselors, and researchers, have won grants for research and awards for community service, and are interested in alternative healing and civic engagement. More about Our Faculty