Public Health @NCC

The associate of applied science degree in public health provides the initial course work to prepare students for a career in public health. Public health takes a population-based focus to health. Individuals in this field interpret community data to determine health needs and intervention priorities.

Public health professionals focus on:

  • health education
  • health communication
  • health literacy
  • advocacy
  • cultural competency
  • health disparities
  • diversity
  • assessment
  • planning, implementation
  • evaluation
  • community engagement
  • policy change

They contribute to a number of community health initiatives, and work with community leaders to plan, implement, and evaluate community health education interventions. These include chronic and infectious disease awareness campaigns, vaccination programs, and family planning and prenatal care initiatives. This program is ideal for those who enjoy working with the public, yet who also like to take the broader view of how to promote the health of communities and groups of citizens.

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Your Career in Public Health

Although public health professionals often work for local, state or federal public health departments, federal agencies such as the NIH, CDC and branches of the armed forces also employ all types of public health workers. Private industrial companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and research institutions may also hire public health specialists to ensure health and safety standards. Voluntary health agencies, such as the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Alzheimer's Association often employ public health professionals to run programs an assume administrative roles.

Public Health Career Paths

  • public health related
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Degrees We Offer

  • Associate in Applied Science | 2 years
Program Details view official course information in our college catalog