Why Choose Nazareth for Public Health?

This major, unique among colleges in this region, prepares you to go directly into a public health career or to pursue a master’s of public health (MPH) or an advanced degree in a health care profession.

Public health teaches you to tackle health issues at the population level, learning how the environment, media, government policies, and health care delivery systems affect health. This program works well as a double major with programs such as anthropology or business.

Local and global internships and experiential learning opportunities show you first-hand how systems influence health. Examples:

  • Nazareth students recently traveled to a Belize clinic to teach health literacy and learn.
  • Students helped with a Rochester community project to give unused medical supplies and donated equipment to clinics in needy countries.
  • Week-long trips to Ireland or Hungary enable students to compare health care delivery systems, as part of a health care delivery course.
  • One student project exposed the problem of bedbugs in elder care while another compared driving while intoxicated prosecution rates in two local counties, pointing out flaws in the system for protecting public health.
  • Nazareth students have opportunities to take on a project and build connections with people around the world through Clinton Global Initiative University.
  • In 2016-17, Nazareth has European Commission Erasmus grant funding through partner Laurea University in Finland to provide stipends for students to cover living expenses while interning there; Nazareth tuition covers studying/interning through Laurea.

Nazareth's breadth of course offerings enable you to design your own concentration. Available areas of focus include:

  • Advocacy and health literacy
  • Bioethics
  • Environmental Issues
  • Gender and health
  • Health entrepreneurship, such as setting up a program or non-profit effort to give voice to a segment of the community
  • History, government, and public health practice

B.A. Degree Highlights

Ideal for students with a strong interest in the socio-cultural aspects of public health. You'll focus on:

  • Advocacy
  • Health education and promotion
  • Public health policy and administration
  • Non-profit organizational work
  • Governmental work – local, state, federal

B.S. Degree Highlights

Ideal for students who want to go on for advanced education in health science or science-focused graduate and professional programs, such as:

  • Biostatistics
  • Dentistry
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Medicine
  • Nursing

Program Options, Requirements, and Course Details

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Contact Information

Mary Dahl Maher

Mary Dahl Maher

Associate Professor and Chair, Coordinator of Nursing Global Studies and Director of the Public Health Program in Nursing
585-389-2759
mmaher7@naz.edu
Smyth Hall 221A
Bio

Education: B.S.N., D'Youville College; M.S.N., Case Western Reserve University; M.P.H., University of Rochester; Ph.D., University of Rochester

Teaching and Research Interests: Midwifery, global public health, international education and women's studies. Recent research and publications include perinatal outcomes of Latina migrant farmworker women, international nursing dual-degree programs, and the influence of first-wave feminism on the professionalization of nursing.

Alexandria Lovejoy, public health major, BA and BS degree programs at Nazareth College Rochester NY

Student Spotlight: Alexandria Lovejoy '19

As a freshman double-majoring in nursing and public health, Alexandria Lovejoy ‘19 is learning about both individual and community health. Her epidemiology professor connected her to a summer internship with lymphoma researchers, including shadowing a nurse and a doctor. “What I love about Naz is all of the faculty are so supportive,” says Lovejoy, who’s co-leading a new public health club on campus and is active in community service. “It’s rare to find an undergrad program in public health.”

Example Careers

  • health educator
  • community health worker
  • environmental scientist
  • occupational health and safety specialist
  • physician, nurse practitioner, midwife, or other health care professions
  • lawyer for a health care organization, government, or advocacy group

Internships/Field Experiences

  • Centers for Disease Control 
  • National Health Service in England
  • Monroe County health department
  • American Red Cross disaster relief
  • Mary's Place refugee health outreach
  • Legislator's offices in Albany or Washington, D.C.
  • Rural health clinic in Belize
  • Helping homeless gypsies or low-income elderly adults in Finland