Mercyhurst University

Public Health Bachelor of Arts • Bachelor of Science

Public Health

This is the time to enter into the public health sector — the demand for public health careers is expected to steadily grow over the next decade. This exciting field of study will introduce you to an array of fulfilling, diverse job opportunities that concentrate on human health, illnesses, disease prevention and the environment. Public health is integral to every society; it addresses the most pressing health concerns to date by going beyond traditional medical care provided by physicians and current healthcare systems. Through research, public policy and by supporting various organizations, public health graduates learn unique ways to indirectly and directly impact the well-being of a population.

Often labeled a “hot field for a global generation,” public health trains future leaders and advocates for a better tomorrow by offering a strong foundation for studying the health of human populations through education, research and practical, hands-on experience outside of the classroom. Beginning your freshman year, you’ll work directly with distinguished faculty on cutting-edge research. Additionally, Mercyhurst's liberal arts approach gives you an advantage — by combining the public health program with 15 other fields of study, you can create a unique, multidisciplinary undergraduate education that can lead you to a career that better fits your interests.

Meet the Faculty

Karen Morahan
Karen Morahan, PhD, RN
Associate Professor and Director, RN to BSN Program
Beatriz Torres
Dr. Maria Beatriz Torres, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Public Health Dept.
Melissa Lustic-Long
Melissa Lustic-Long MS, ATC, CSCS
Clinical Educational Coordinator/Instructor of Athletic Training
Jean Tauber
Jean Tauber, MS FACHE
Adjunct Faculty
Lucy Thairu
Dr. Lucy Thairu, Ph.D., Msc., BS
Assistant Profesor
Candice Kiskadden
Candice Kiskadden, MSN