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Public Health

96%
EMPLOYMENT RATE
of surveyed alumni within 9 months of graduation
13:1
RATIO
Of students to faculty
100%
OF INCOMING FIRST-YEARS & TRANSFERS
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Protect the safety and improves the health of communities

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

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.

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

Why should I choose MMU?

Research and hands-on learning help develop your understanding of public health.

Skills like strategic communication, advocacy and activism, and health policy development will help you grow into a health care career that serves communities, improves environmental health, and reduces the impact of major events like epidemics and natural disasters.

Service learning and volunteerism are an encouraged part of the public health curriculum. In addition to helping you experience public health work in action beyond the classroom, your hands-on learning experiences will introduce you to the many health agencies and organizations working to better health in our community.

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From hospitals to health agencies, public health graduates are an asset in many organizations.

Health impacts every aspect of our lives, which is also why health graduates are found in a variety of industries. Public health students who are continuing their education pursue graduate programs, law school, medical professional programs, and more after graduation. 

Many public health students develop a particular interest in the field or encounter an agency in their service work that helps them discover their next steps. Mount Mercy public health graduates can be found working in public health agencies, research centers, education, government agencies, community clinics, and more.

What are the next steps?

Build off previous experiences by transferring up to 75 credits form an Iowa community college or up to 93 credits form a regionally accredited 4-year university.

Veterans may also earn credit for military training via the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). 

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers in public health

Inherently multidisciplinary, public health opens many pathways towards careers in health care and beyond.

Many students in fields like business, science, or nursing pair their studies with public health to combine their interests and skills in their future career. Public health is also a great starting point for future graduate study in law, medical professions, and social work.

The leadership and communication skills you develop in the public health program will help you achieve your career goals.

Graduates of our health care programs can be found working at:

  • University of Iowa Health Care
  • Mercy Iowa City
  • Mercy Medical Center
  • UnityPoint Health
  • Waypoint
  • VA Health System
  • Jones Regional Medical Center