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Public Health

Engage in addressing the world’s most pressing health problems.

Protect the safety and improves the health of communities

Mount Mercy’s bachelor of science in public health prepares students to engage in addressing the world’s most pressing health problems. Our multi-disciplinary program includes training in improving and protecting the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations both locally and globally.

Graduates acknowledge that public health initiatives improve global health, affect environmental health, reduce the impact of natural disasters and global epidemics, address health disparities, and create healthier communities.


Research for disease and injury prevention.

The Public Health major or minor will gain skills in critical analysis, strategic communication, advocacy, activism, global and community awareness, and health policy development. The student majoring or minoring in Public Health at Mount Mercy University will be highly encouraged to engage in service learning and community volunteerism while pursuing this degree.

Our full-time nursing and health majors faculty are recognized as the best in their field. Nurses and health care administrators from local hospitals and agencies also serve as professors—bringing their real-world experience into the classroom.


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At Mount Mercy, my adviser and mentors have encouraged me to define my career goals in the abstract, and then build my career trajectory around those terms.

Tessa Friason ’16
Community Health Nurse II, Lane County Government

Careers in Public Health

Experiences give students an advantage.

Graduates of MMU’s public health program may explore employment in public health agencies, health care environments, and human service agencies as well as be prepared for graduate programs, law school, and further medical professional programs.

Through service and internship opportunities in local hospitals, community clinics, and human service agencies, students work directly with a diverse population in the rapidly-changing health care arena. These experiences give students an advantage finding careers in public health agencies, research centers, government agencies, schools, and beyond.

Be a catalyst for change.

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