Your Future in Public Health

The public health profession is rapidly growing and can lead to careers in many of the fastest growing professions throughout the country. The rise of lifestyle-related illnesses, an unsustainable increase in healthcare costs, and the need for preventive medicine combine to create a pivotal and exciting time to become a public health professional. In addition to earning your Bachelor of Science in public health, all public health majors at Charleston Southern University are also eligible to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) upon graduation. The field of public health is a thriving industry, and you have chosen an important time to make a difference in the well-being of our communities, schools and workplaces.

An undergraduate public health degree also provides individuals with a strong academic foundation to pursue graduate education in public health and a variety of health-related fields. This degree program at CSU is ideal for students interested in clinical fields such as medicine, physician assistant, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech pathology. Additionally, students can pursue careers or further education in areas such as child life specialist, counseling, nursing and social work.

The public health program promotes a vibrant and friendly academic environment that will foster your personal and professional development. Our curriculum is designed to meet national standards and encourages hands-on experience to apply what you learn in class within practical settings.

CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Christine Palmer

Christine Palmer

Director of Public Health Program/Assistant Professor of Public Health
P843- 863-7424

Eta Sigma Gamma honor society

This honor society is open to any public health major who meets GPA requirements. The organization promotes health and wellness to students, faculty and staff, as well as citizens of the local area through organized health education and promotion strategies.

As a Public Health major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Life Span Diseases & Disorders
  • Human Nutrition & Health Education
  • Theories of Health Behaviors
  • Epidemiologic Methods & Environmental Health
  • Health Economics

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Community Health Educator
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Fitness Director/Health Coach
  • Health Advocate and Policy Analyst
  • Medical Device or Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Mental Health Counselor
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The College of Health Sciences

Charleston Southern’s College of Health Sciences is committed to providing our students with an education based on contemporary scientific research, practical application, and the skill set to help them excel in their future professional endeavor.

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Health Science Building

The building houses CSU’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs in healthcare, including the physician assistant program and public health. An addition is currently under construction to house the future physical therapy program.

By pursuing a public health degree at Charleston Southern University, I was given the opportunity to grow professionally, academically, and spiritually. The courses and consistent support of this department allowed me to gain the skill set to be given the opportunity to intern my senior year as a health, safety, and environmental management intern. Within the year I spent interning, I was able to put my CSU experience to use as well as expand my horizons on the various fields of public health, gain networking and experience in the public health profession, as well as narrow down which niche of public health is my passion. Within my four years here, I have been given the knowledge, confidence, and skills to be able to not only thrive in my future career, but also in my future academics. Thanks to my experience in the Public Health Department at CSU I feel fully prepared for my future endeavors in graduate school as well as my public health career.

Katelin McClellan / public health, ’19Graduate student, pursuing MPH in Community Health, East Tennessee State University

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