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Public Health, B.S.

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Public Health Degree

Pursue a career in public health and protect the well-being of others both locally and globally.

Why Study Public Health

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships: 

  • Study complex health issues in local, national, and international communities.
  • Build a solid background in general public health as well as the various specialization areas such as environmental health, community health, public policy and administration, epidemiology, health education, and global health.
  • Tour cultural  venues through a program offered by the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture.
  • Learn to apply scientific concepts and develop valuable field and laboratory skills.
  • Gain experience in the field by completing internships for local businesses and industries. 

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 92% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 150 scholarships are awarded yearly.

Associate Professor Vicki Stanavitch, Ph.D. and Associate Professor Robert Cook, Ph.D. appeared on WVIA’s Keystone Edition Health, “Under the Weather? Climate Change and Your Health” earlier this week. View the segment below or click here to watch the segment .



Dr. Jessica Faux
Program Director for General Biology

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Program Goals

  • Demonstrate competency in specific content knowledge.
  • Apply the scientific method to address specific scientific problems.
  • Demonstrate competency in laboratory skills, laboratory safety, and laboratory technology.
  • Demonstrate competency in academic technology, including but not limited to writing technology, analysis technology, presentation technology, and bioinformatics technology.
  • Evaluate and articulate the outcome of research and laboratory experiments.
  • Apply mathematical formulas to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative scientific data.
  • Design and implement an original research study; collect and analyze data; and draw conclusions based on data collected.

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


Keystone student-to-faculty ratio


increase in jobs over the next 10 years


Median annual salary for public health careers

Social Mobility Ranking

What can I do with a Public Health degree?

The flexibility of the major curriculum will allow the students to gain a solid background in general public health as well as the various specialization areas of public health (e.g., environmental health, community health, public policy and administration, epidemiology, health education, and global health). Students with an undergraduate degree in public health could also work in business, health communication, health services administration, social work, or law. This rigorous program provides a pathway to medical school and will prepare students for graduate studies in fields related to the health sciences, human services, and public health.


  • Americares
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • ERCI Institute
  • Geisinger
  • Regional Hospital of Scranton
  • Wright Center for Community Health

Career Options

  • Biostatistician
  • Contact Tracer
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health and Safety Technician
  • Health Educator
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Nurse
  • Social and Community Service Manager
Small School Big Science

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

Pulic Health at Sea

Eleven students spent the semester learning about different aspects of the health and safety of cruise ships. Now they are taking their classroom to the sea.

Public Health at Sea blog
Mikayla Wright


Participate in a foundational experience focused on health and science through extensive classroom instruction, guided laboratory experiences, and independent research experiences.


Connect with professionals through  hands-on learning and internships such as: Geisinger Health Systems, Sanofi Pasteur, and Merck.

Explore the sciences, including biology at Keystone College
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Students in science clubs participate in individual projects and observe group demonstrations, and attend various conferences and excursions.

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Scarlet Pujols Recio, a 2022 Keystone College graduate, currently serves with the AmeriCorps-funded National Health Corps (NHC) as a community health worker. She is based at The Wright Center for Community Health Scranton Practice, completing a program that will prepare her to become a certified CHW.

Read more in this Wright Center post.

Scarlet Pujols Recio ’22 
Public Health

Featured Faculty

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Professor of Physical Science   
Nicole Diette, PhD

Nicole Diette, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biological & Physical Sciences
Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics
John B. Minora

John B. Minora

Instructor of Chemistry
Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Botany

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