Public Health

Programs of Study

Public Health

Offered in the Classroom & 50% Online

About the Program

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. Public health offers career paths in government, non-profit organizations, healthcare, education, at local community clinics, or can even provide job opportunities outside of the United States. Students may explore career opportunities in the private or public sectors. 

Public health students develop necessary skills in communication, critical thinking, adaptability and scientific analysis. Students also learn to value difference and diversity and develop system-thinking skills.  Public health students gain an interdisciplinary foundation in biology, psychology, and communication that equips them with the fundamental skills needed to further their health education. 

Interested students in this degree pathway should have a passion for promoting health and education, preventing disease, and helping establish healthy communities, with a strong desire to serve diverse and vulnerable populations.

Designed for transfer to a four-year university.  A full-time student can complete the A.A. Public Health degree in two years. Career paths in the public health workforce are diverse and include epidemiology, environmental health, health education, research, public health policy and administration, and community health.  The current and projected growth of public health careers is strong.  This program does not require a selective entry application. 

Academic Support

Academic support is provided through CCD’s Excel Zone.

Available Online

CCD Online offers fully online certificates and degrees, and individual online courses to help match your busy schedule. This program offers 50 percent of its degree either online or through a hybrid program.

Your first step is to see if online learning is right for you. Online and hybrid environments offer much more flexibility but require more self-direction and self-discipline. Certain work habits, learning styles and skills contribute to a successful online or hybrid learning experience.

Online Experience Questions?

303.352.6785 | TLC@ccd.edu

Financial Aid Eligibility

The public health A.A. is eligible for federal financial aid. 

Your first step is to connect with the Financial Aid office to discover how you can afford college. Our dedicated staff and support services help you wade through all the legal language and get you past the first hurdle to completing your educational goals.

In addition, CCD has $1,000,000 available in scholarships. Apply at CCD.edu/Scholarships. There are even special scholarships available for short certificates, like our certificate in food, wellness & nutrition. Learn more about our short certificate scholarship program.

Four-Year Transfer Agreements

The Community College of Denver (CCD) has developed an A.A. in Public Health with designation (DwD).  Students can complete an A.A. in Public Health at the Community College of Denver and transfer to complete a Bachelor’s degree from one of these Colorado public four-year institutions.  This degree pathway is supported by a statewide transfer articulation agreement. 

  • Fort Lewis College [B.A. Public Health]
  • University of Colorado Denver [B.A. Public Health]
  • University of Northern Colorado [B.S. Human Services]

Job Outlook & Salary Information

Coupled with relevant experience and a solid foundation of communication and professional skills, students can pursue a number of careers in relevant health and community service areas including:

  • Health Promotion Specialist
  • Public Health Educator
  • Community Health Education Coordinator
  • Health navigator

The career outlook: Community Health Worker or Health Educator

  • To learn more about careers in public health, visit the APHA.org website
  • Some careers and occupations require additional training, certification, or education.