About the Program

One of the biggest challenges facing the public health field is the question, What is Public Health?  If you ask different people in the community, some may answer, “health care for the poor,” while others might say “washing your hands,” “protecting our food,” “passing smoke-free policies,” or perhaps given our experiences today “protecting us from infectious diseases like COVID-19.”  The truth is that all these statements are correct.  The American Public Health Association states that Public Health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.

At MSU Denver, a degree in public health will give the student a broad understanding of the public health field, while allowing students to gain experience in focused specialties of public health practice.

By completing the public health core, students will have skills to understand basic public health functions such as monitoring and assessing the health of communities, identifying health problems and priorities, and implementing evidence-based strategies to promote population health, as well as advanced functions such as planning various health programs and policies to serve the Healthcare needs in the community.

The required curriculum was designed to build student knowledge and skill in eleven Public Health Competency Domains identified by the Counsel on Public Health Education (CEPH), which is an accreditation body and sets quality benchmarks in the field.  Students that graduate with a degree in Public Health will be prepared for many entry-level public health positions, while also providing the background knowledge required to pursue a broad range of graduate degree programs, including a Masters in Public Health (MPH) or a Masters in Health Administration (MHA).

Public Health Student Spotlight

Closing the equity gap

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After witnessing her family’s challenges, this student decided to be an agent for change in her community.

Julianna Montoya has experienced the best and worst of Colorado’s health care system.

Montoya, a double major in Public Health and Biology, knew she was on the right path from the moment she took her first class with Erin Seedorf, Dr.PH, assistant professor in the Department of Health Professions. And connecting with numerous Health Institute programs further solidified her resolve.

“It was striking — all of the patients looked like me,” Montoya said. “Even more so, I overheard moms telling their daughters, ‘You see her? That could be you someday.’ “To be able to be in that space and help others see they belong — I’m just overwhelmed with gratitude.”

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“Public health connects us all — I love it,” Montoya said. “And I never forget that we’re sending patients back to their families to tell the stories shaping their experiences with health care.”

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This is Public Health

The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) designed a campaign “This Is Public Health” to let people know that public health affects them on a daily basis and that we are only as healthy as the world we live in.

This is Public Health

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Professor Erin Seedorf

If you are interested in Public Health but have more questions, please contact us!

You can set up an advising appointment with Dr. Erin Seedorf by emailing at [email protected]  .

You can also request an advising appointment using the form here. 


Career Opportunities

Public Health has a broad range of professional areas suited to a variety of interests and skills, in both traditional public health, service-focused organizations, as well as new practice settings, including private and non-profit organizations. Public health graduates can look forward to a wealth of opportunities in each state and city of the country and even other countries around the world. Common areas of employment include federal, state, and local health agencies, consulting firms, consumer advocacy organizations, hospitals and integrated health care systems, non-government and private business and industry.

According to the website, Careers in Public Health.Net (2020) there is a growing list of 173 public health positions and related careers with average salaries between $40,000- $200,000 annually.  US News & World Report states that public health graduates of all levels : associates degrees through doctoral degrees, can find a range of jobs in both public and private sectors.  Primary areas for public health employment fall into these main categories: epidemiology, biostatistics, healthcare research, chronic and acute illness, applied healthcare projects, environmental & occupational health, health education & behavioral sciences, infectious disease, public policy, global health, nutrition, and maternal child health. Given the current challenges of a global pandemic, there are even higher chances of continued growth in these professional areas.

For more information on Colorado Careers in Public Health, visit the Colorado Public Health Career Pathway.

Introduction to Public Health Careers

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Striving for healthier communities

Public health is a fast-paced and critical component of our healthcare system. The field promotes and protects the health of people and their communities.

The Principles of Public Health course provides a historical context for the development of the public health field, reviews the public health infrastructure and workforce, and explores the application of evidence-based practices addressing public health issues our communities face today.

Public Health offers career paths in government, nonprofit organizations, healthcare, and education.

The public health field is experiencing a bright outlook in Colorado. The state expects to see 85,000 related job positions in 2025.

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Public Health Major, B.A.

It is highly recommended that General Studies and Support Courses be completed prior to enrolling in Public Health courses. The Public Health Major requires the following required courses. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration.

Summary of Major Requirements

Required Core Courses: 45 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 3 Credits
Required Support Courses: 6 Credits
Total for Major: 54 Credits

Course Information

Public Health Minor

The undergraduate minor in Public Health will provide students with a basic understanding of the Public Health field by exploring social, cultural, and biological dimensions of health.

The Public Health Minor requires the following courses and electives. In addition to the courses listed below, many courses will require prerequisite courses prior to registration.

Summary of Minor Requirements

Required Core Courses: 15 Credits
Required Elective Courses: 3 Credits
Total for Minor: 18 Credits

Course Information


Academic Accreditation is an assurance of the quality of an academic program. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region, including Colorado and 18 other states. The mission of the HLC is to serve the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning. For more information, please visit the Higher Learning Commission.

As a new program, launching Fall 2021, the Public Health program will be seeking accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  For more information about this accreditation process, please visit: https://ceph.org/

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Denver, CO 80217-3362

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