Public Health

Public Health at Harper College

Educate the community about disease prevention and work to connect individuals with human services.

The more you learn, the more you earn.

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of public health educators and community health workers was $41,000 in 2012.
  • Employment of public health workers and related fields is expected to grow between 19-23% between 2012 and 2022.

Promote and Protect Your Community’s Health

Public health promotes and protects the health of people at the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. Public health workers strive to prevent people from getting sick or injured. There is also a focus on wellness promotion and encouraging healthy behaviors.

Studying public health can lead to careers such as community health workers, health specialties teachers, occupational health and safety technicians, environmental scientists, medical and health services managers, physicists, epidemiologists, health educators and occupational health and safety specialists.

What Do Public Health Employees Do?

  • 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

Transfer Option: DePaul Admissions Partner Program (DAPP)

Receive an Associate in Arts with a concentration in Public Health from Harper College and receive guaranteed admission to DePaul’s College of Science and Health to complete your degree through DePaul’s Admission Partnership Program (DAPP).