Public Health

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Navigate Global Health Complexities.

Butler’s Public Health major will provide you with a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary education that delves into the scientific, social, cultural, and human aspects of public health. As a student in this program, you’ll study the intricate factors influencing health and develop enhanced critical thinking skills essential for navigating the complexities of global and public health challenges. Central to the curriculum is an integrative perspective that addresses issues of health inequity and disparity across all facets of health and healthcare.

Graduates of our program emerge equipped to thrive in diverse environments, collaborating with individuals from varied backgrounds to tackle intricate community, national, and global public health issues with a holistic and informed approach.

Program Information


Sample courses in this program include:

  • PHE 101 – Introduction to Public Health
  • BI 105 – Introductory Cell Biology
  • SO 293 – Statistics for Social Research
  • AN 302 – The Body and Society
  • AN 304 – Medical Anthropology

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Learning Outcomes

As Public Health majors, students will learn to:

Understand the complex factors that affect human health including biological, environmental, cultural, socioeconomic, and systemic factors.

Describe the interdisciplinary and interrelated nature of public health at a local/community, national, and global scale.

Apply epidemiological and public health research methods, including statistics, to assess community health needs, assets, and outcomes.

Analyze the factors that contribute to health disparities and inequities and the solutions to address them.

Apply the principles and methods of public health to address current and future challenges.

Meet Your Faculty

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Ashley Hutson
Assistant Professor, Sociology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS
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David Allender
Adjunct – LAS Sociology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS
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Katherine Novak
Professor – Sociology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS
Dr. Katherine (Kate) Novak is a professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology where she teaches courses in criminology, mental illness, social psychology, research methods and statistics. She holds a B.A  in sociology and in psychology, and…
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