Public Health Studies

Public Health Studies shows you how health is related to all aspects of human life, and how societies serve the health care needs of their people. 

Roanoke's Public Health Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to the health care arena, offering you diverse perspectives on health through courses in both life and social sciences. Public Health Studies will help you find a niche in the health field that matches you own personal passions, and will give you an advantage over those who've pursued a purely technical approach to health education.

Through rigorous investigation and analysis, Public Health Studies provides you with a strong foundation for a range of careers in the health field, such as administration, advocacy, counseling, medical practice, public policy, research & analysis, social work and occupational & physical therapy.

Roanoke has exceptionally strong relationships with local health care organizations. These partnerships offer you a myriad of opportunities for research and internships in some of the finest health organizations in the Middle Atlantic region.

Practical experience through community projects, internships, and research, coupled with strong academic and alumni connections, will prepare you for a top graduate program. We offer both a major and minor in Public Health Studies.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects demand for medical and health managers to grow by 17% in the next decade, more than twice the national employment growth average. 

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Sample Course Offerings:

  • PHST 201:  Health and Society Students paying attention in class
  • PHST 301:  Introduction to Epidemiology
  • PHST 420:  Community Health Seminar

Roanoke graduates do great work in health care.

Logos of organizations where alumni work: Boston Children's Hospital, Centra, Carilion Clinic, Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, United Healthcare

“With the rapid growth of specialties and the need for trained experts across the health sector, we want to provide an avenue for more students to find a place for their expertise and passions within the global health system.”

Professor Shannon Anderson

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