Biology Department

Public Health

B.S., Major, Interdisciplinary


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The Science of Wellness

Public Health is the science and practice of promoting health and wellbeing in communities and to specific populations. This happens through initiatives like providing health education, encouraging preventive medicine and monitoring, and the control of communicable diseases and environmental hazards.

Through internships, on-site practicums and mentoring relationships, Guilford's Public Health majors are exposed to the real-world challenges confronting public health professionals. Working in collaborative groups, these students learn to design and test initiatives using a multidisciplinary approach.

The Public Health curriculum includes nine core courses that provide foundational knowledge and training. In addition, based on the students’ interests and career goals, majors may choose four additional courses from one of three possible tracks:

  • Natural Science, Disease and Environment
  • Social Science, Health and Behavior
  • Organizations, Business and Health Policy

Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in health education and public health. They will also have the preparation they need to enter graduate programs in a number of disciplines, including public health, clinical health professions, law, business and international affairs.

Major/minor requirements and course descriptions are available in the online version of the Guilford College Catalog. Use the keyboard shortcuts Control F for PC or Command F for Mac to search the document for your program.

Hands-on Learning

Public Health is an interdisciplinary major with numerous opportunities for student-centered, experiential learning, including:

  • Public heath internships with government and nonprofit agencies
  • Service learning and community engagement opportunities through the Bonner Center, as well as partnerships with numerous community organizations
  • Individual and community-based, participatory research opportunities with faculty mentors, including senior theses
  • Group projects in course-based undergraduate research experiences
  • Forums and informal discussions with practitioners in the field
  • Study abroad opportunities

Contact Us

Michele Malotky

Michele Malotky

Associate Professor of Biology

Rachel Riskind

Rachel Riskind

Assistant Professor of Psychology