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Public Health

Public Health

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.

Program Overview

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

Health Promotion

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

Our Students

Kelsey Bumsted

"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

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.

Our Graduates

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.

Our Faculty

“Every day in the classroom is exciting!”
– Margaret Henning, Assistant Professor

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

Recent Department Accomplishments


February 26, 2018 –

When students from two campus organizations – the Pre-Medical and nutrition-focused SNAKS clubs – learned last semester that food insecurity is a problem for some Keene State students, they came together to establish an on-campus food pantry, the Hungry Owl.

With support from Pre-Medical Club advisor Dr. Susan Whittemore of…

February 22, 2018 –

Forty-one million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including 13 million children. This food insecurity makes it extremely difficult for children to focus on their education. Keene State junior Julia Brida, from Fayetteville, Arkansas, researched the impacts of food insecurity on young children and their ability to succeed…

February 6, 2018 –

In the most remote areas of Zambia, hours away from the nearest hospital, are locations, or “posts”, where roughly two community healthcare workers serve the needs of 10,000 people – from the very youngest to oldest.

Public Health Associate Professor Dr. Meg Henning received a Fulbright Research Scholarship to take…

September 20, 2017 –

Keene State College Associate Professor of Health Science, Dr. Meg Henning, is conducting research with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force, New Hampshire Occupational Health Surveillance Program, The Foundation for Healthy Communities and the Healthy Monadnock initiative…

July 5, 2017 –

The health benefits of breastfeeding are pretty well known – lessening the child’s risk of such things as ear infections, obesity, diabetes, and SIDS, for example – but there’s an additional benefit for mothers who hope to raise healthy eaters who enjoy a variety of food. The secret? Enjoy eating a…

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