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Public Health Program

Public Health

Public Health

The mission of the Moravian University Public Health Program is to prepare students to critically analyze systems that influence population health, significantly contribute to public health practice and service, and provide leadership that advances healthy communities. Aligned with the core principles of public health, the program embraces an interdisciplinary approach to achieving health equity and social justice.

Students majoring in public health can pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health or a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Students can also receive a Minor in Public Health. Students majoring or minoring in public health pursue a variety of careers in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, public policy and administration, social and behavioral science, global health, public health education, health communication, community health, occupational health and safety, nutrition, mental health, emergency management, environmental health, nursing, social work, and rehabilitation sciences. Students develop competencies and learn valuable skills throughout the public health courses that prepare them for careers in the health professions. Learn more about the public health program and curriculum or view student leadership opportunities.

Public Health Competencies

Description of Skills

Health communication
  • Health communication skills: infographic; podcast; photovoice; health literacy
  • Storytelling: fotonovela; graphic story; digital story
  • Writing: policy analysis; research paper; APA format
  • Public speaking: individual and group oral presentations
  • Software: Canva; Piktochart; QuickTime Player
  • Statistical analyses: t-test; one-way ANOVA; Pearson and Spearman correlation; Chi square; logistic and linear regression
  • Statistical software: SPSS; Pivot tables
  • Data visualization: bar graph; pie chart
  • Survey design: Google forms; Qualtrics
  • Epidemiological analyses: incidence; prevalence; odds ratio; relative risk; sensitivity; specificity; positive and negative predictive value
  • Data visualization: population pyramid
  • Research skills: write abstract; poster development and presentation
Program planning
  • Program planning skills: health needs assessment; logic model; Gannt chart; program budget
  • Communication: presentation to community members
Professional development
  • Writing: resume; cover letter; personal statement; LinkedIn
  • Speaking: elevator pitch; online interview; panel interview; 5-minute job talk
  • Career readiness: internship/service experience; applying to jobs and graduate school


Colleen Payton

Dr. Colleen Payton PhD, MPH, CPH, MCHES

Assistant Professor
Director of the Public Health Program
Location: 1107 Main St, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Instagram: moravianpublichealth
LinkedIn: Moravian University Public Health Students & Alumni