Austin College's Public Health program focuses on the varied and exciting ways of preventing disease and promoting health. We emphasize that students not only learn, but also do, by having internships, study abroad experiences, and volunteer opportunities, both locally and globally. We prepare students for graduate and professional schools and for the job market in this growing and dynamic field.
Unique Student Opportunities
- Public Health Major Checklist
- Public Health Minor Checklist
- See the Public Health Courses
- Austin College Bulletin
- See the Public Health Brochure
- See the Detailed Requirements for Major and Minor in Public Health (Updated May 2018)
- See the STEM Leadership Program
- See the Pre-Health Program
- See the Health Care Administration Program
Experiential Learning Opportunities in Public Health
If you are interested in an Experiential Learning Opportunity, please fill in the Experiential Learning Application form.
If your application is approved (you will be notified by email), and after appropriate discussion with a Public Health faculty sponsor, please fill out the Experiential Learning Contract form.
Meet our Public Health Faculty
Mathias Akuoko, has a background in Health Management and Policy, focusing on health disparities. Research areas include maternal and child health and access to care among minorities and immigrant populations.
Saritha Bangara, an Epidemiologist, has a research focus in cancer epidemiology, specifically among disenfranchised populations.
George Diggs, an Evolutionary Biologist, focuses on the connection between how our species evolved, the modern environments we find ourselves in, and the implications for our health.
In order to afford our students a comprehensive Public Health curriculum, each of our professors brings with them their expertise in a particular discipline. Become acquainted with all the faculty members from the many departments that make up our broad-based Public Health Program.
A Future in Public Health
For many students, a major or minor in Public Health will be the first step in pursuing a graduate or professional degree or entering the job market. A Public Health degree opens the door to a diverse range of career opportunities in the public health sector, academics, research, and medicine. (See our brochure for examples of work/career possibilities).
After graduating from Austin College in 2018 with a double major in Biology and Public Health, I am currently attending medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine. I hope to incorporate my knowledge of and passion for public health into my practice of medicine, potentially pursuing an MPH in the… [Read More]
I graduated from Austin College in 2018 with a major in Public Health and a minor in chemistry. I will begin pursuing my MPH in epidemiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the fall of 2018. I am interested in studying maternal and child health, as well as cognitive decline. After grad… [Read More]
Katherine (Kat) graduated in 2007 with a major in Psychology and a minor in biology and was a 2007 Teach For America Corps Member, serving for 3 years on the Texas Mexico Border. After TFA, Kat continued her pursuit of healthcare administration, obtaining a Graduate Assistantship and full scholarship for her Master of Public Health… [Read More]
I graduated from Austin College in 2017 with a major in public health and minor in chemistry. I’m interested in health systems research, healthcare finance, and humanitarian medicine. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in health organization management at Texas Tech University, and will begin medical school in 2018 at Paul L. Foster School… [Read More]
I graduated from Austin College in 2017 with a double major in Public Health and Psychology. I am currently an MPH student at the Boston University School of Public Health with a focus on Mental Health and Substance Use, as well as Health Communication and Promotion. I’ve also interned with the m.chat program at the… [Read More]
Sitara Weerakoon graduated Austin College as a double major in Public Health and French. I’m currently studying Epidemiology for my Master of Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health. I want to eventually get my PhD in Epidemiology as well. My specific interests are in Child & Adolescent Health… [Read More]
Zuleyma Ruiz is a first year MPH student in Health Policy & Management at Texas A&M Health Science Center. She earned her BA in public health and business administration from Austin College in January of 2017. During her undergraduate career, she interned for the American Red Cross, was a member of Alpha Phi Omega and the Austin College Service… [Read More]
I graduated in 2016 with a major in Public Health and double minors in Spanish and Biology. I spent the fall of my senior year doing a special off-campus semester studying Sustainable Development at American University in Washington, D.C., where I was first formally introduced to international development issues. I was immediately intrigued in the… [Read More]
My passion is advocating for vulnerable communities that inherently face different health outcomes due their social determinants of health. I currently work as an MSM Peer Navigator at Brotherhood Inc, a community-based non-profit which focuses on HIV prevention among minority populations in New Orleans. As peer navigator, I concentrate on earning the trust of clients… [Read More]
Ayelia graduated in 2016 with a double major in Public Health and International Relations. Her interest in global health took her to Switzerland in 2015, where she studied abroad and learned about global health systems and international development. After graduating, Ayelia accepted a U.S. Fulbright English Teaching Assistant position in Malaysia. She taught English in… [Read More]