Public Health

Washburn University’s Public Health curriculum is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to confidently pursue a career in public health. A certificate or degree in public health enables graduates to work in a range of environments, including government agencies, nonprofits, private organizations, academia and research.

Public health is a growing field that needs professionals who are competent in a variety of roles, including education, community outreach, marketing, policy and advocacy, epidemiology and research. Public health is also an excellent complement for students pursuing a career in healthcare, where many organizations prefer that job applicants have a bachelor’s degree.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $45,000 - $60,000online
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Why study public health at Washburn?

Our public health programs are offered completely online, allowing you to complete the coursework when and where it fits into your schedule. You can be a full-time student or take as few as three credit hours per semester. The certificate in Public Health can be completed in as little as one year.

A certificate or degree in public health will prepare you for a career in a field projected to grow significantly faster than the average for all other occupations in Kansas and the nation (25-31% through 2031 according to Recent research indicates more than 60% of public health graduates move directly into a career after graduation.

Additionally, all of our full-time BHS faculty have at least 20 years of healthcare and healthcare management experience, and many have worked with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

Degree Plan

You can complete your bachelor of Public Health entirely online in as little as four years.

Internship opportunity

While studying Public Health you'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through an internship. Internships are a great way to extend your learning from the classroom to the community while receiving academic credit. You'll apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to a supervised public health internship experience. Priority application deadlines for the fall, spring and summer terms can be found on the internship application form.

Meet Lainey Faulkner

Lainey Faulkner made a change after joining the workforce, building a career in public health while working toward degrees at Washburn University. Lainey earned a Bachelor of Health Science and is pursuing a Master of Health Science. She is the section director of the Community-Clinical Linkages Section at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and teaches at Washburn.

Jobs & Opportunities

CAREER FORECAST: bright outlook
Public health-related occupations are expected to grow much faster than average across all geographic levels. While salaries are dependent on job responsibilities, the type of organization, location and years of experience, a certificate or degree in public health is a great investment in your future and will prepare you for a meaningful career.

Entry-level salary range

$45,000 - $60,000

Career Opportunities

Health Promotion and Education
Community Health
Emergency Management
Environmental Health
Mental Health
Public Policy and Administration
Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
Epidemiology and Research

Career ready


of public health graduates move directly into a career after graduation.


Allied Health
Benton Hall, Room 107
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.2170

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