Gordon College logo
public health

Public Health Concentration

The fundamental aim of public health is to improve the health and well-being of communities around the world. Thus, the field of public health is very broad and offers many areas in which you can make an impact! This program is designed as a unique and critical opportunity to align excellent public health education with Christian principles and mission. Public health can also be pursued as a Master’s degree

Why study public health at Gordon?

We’ll be with you every step of the way. We are located just outside of Boston, a city that houses some of the country’s top hospitals and facilities for treatment, research and education. Study and take part in hands-on dissection in our advanced anatomy lab, a rare opportunity for undergraduates. Gain real clinical experiences through Gordon’s internship program at Duke University and the Gordon Medical Observership program.

What can I pursue with a health science degree and a public health concentration?

Beyond pursuing a graduate school track, a concentration in public health offers many career options, including: 

  • Epidemiology 
  • Biostatistics 
  • Environmental and occupational health 
  • Health education and behavioral science
  • Infectious disease 
  • Public policy 
  • Global health 

Required courses for all health science majors (35 credits):

  • First-Year Seminar (HSC 100) (1)
  • Health Professions Seminar (HSC 200 and HSC 300) (2)
  • Introduction to Research (HSC 260) (2)
  • Senior Seminar (HSC 491) (2)
  • Cell Structure and Genetics & Development (BIO 105 and BIO 106) (4)
  • Organismal Biology and Ecology & Evolution (BIO 107 and BIO 108) (4)
  • General Chemistry I, II (CHE 111 & 112) (8)
  • Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIO 213 and BIO 214) (8)
  • Biostatistics (MAT 220) (4)

Required courses for the public health concentration (40 credits):

  • Environmental Science (BIO 222) (4)   
  • Nutrition (BIO 225) (4)   
  • Introduction to Public Health (BIO 345) (2)   
  • Foundations of Public Health (MPH 501) (3)   
  • Epidemiology (MPH 502) (3)   
  • Introduction to Health Policy (MPH 505) (3)   
  • Person in Psychological Context (PSY 180) (4)   
  • Life Span Developmental Psychology (PSY 245) (4)   
  • At least 12 credits of electives (12)   


For more information contact:

Dr. Greg Keller
Professor of Biology

P 978 867 4852

Department Chair of Life, Health and Physical Sciences

Request more information about Gordon →