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Public Health

If you have a broad range of health-related interests and a passion for making a difference, the public health major at Meredith will be a good fit for you. This interdisciplinary program offers a strong liberal arts education combined with the opportunity to gain specific skills in a rapidly growing field.



Contact Information
Carolina Perez-Heydrich
Public Health Program Coordinator
149 Science/Mathematics
(919) 760-8020
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  • Public Health majors choose to specialize in Biological Sciences, behavioral sciences or policy and ethics
  • Science courses are housed in the Science and Mathematics Building (SMB), which contains 80,000 square feet learning space, including 13 dedicated research labs that support the needs of ongoing student and faculty research

At Meredith, you will have opportunities to pursue in-depth research under the guidance of faculty mentors. You'll be prepared for a professional position as a public health generalist, and you'll be well-equipped to pursue an advanced degree in public health if you choose to do so.

Career Outlook

Student talking at a table in a classroom

Public health is a diverse and rapidly growing field. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, public health-related employment opportunities are expected to grow in the coming decade in response to global concerns such as emerging diseases, bio-terrorism, infectious disease surveillance, and water resource issues. Read more »

Katie Murphy

Katie Murphy

At Meredith, Katie Murphy has come to see how her sense of responsibility is a strength.

Jasmine Williams

Jasmine Williams

Studying abroad shaped Jasmine Williams' experience at Meredith and these opportunities enriched her life.

Emily Woolard

Emily Woolard

Emily Woolard explored her three majors through undergraduate research and study abroad.

Public Health Videos

Strong Story | Lindsay Parlberg

Strong Story | Lindsay Parlberg

Lindsay is a strong student and the first woman in Meredith’s history to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

Strong Story | Lindsay Parlberg

Lindsay is a strong student and the first woman in Meredith’s history to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

Carolina Perez-heydrich

Why is it so difficult to eradicate some diseases?

Public Health Program Coordinator Carolina Perez-Heydrich explains what makes some diseases so difficult to eradicate. 

Why is it so difficult to eradicate some diseases?

Public Health Program Coordinator Carolina Perez-Heydrich explains what makes some diseases so difficult to eradicate.