Program Description

Are you interested in being a part of positive change through community work? The Public Health program at Cecil College provides the skills necessary for effective community work in the areas of research, the environment, health care, and public policy. Our students gain valuable expertise in the field of public health that will enable them to work collaboratively with a broad range of other public health experts in their area of interest.

Degree Programs

Public Health with Areas of Concentration (Associate of Science)

The Associate of Science in Public Health offers students a flexible degree program designed to provide a sound base of foundational credit coursework and additional career specific studies and/or competencies in the discipline of public health. Through a combination of general education requirements, core electives, specific public health studies, and a final capstone assignment, graduates are prepared to enter the workforce and/or pursue further education in the field of public health.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Certificate Programs

Health Navigator – Public Health Generalist

The Health Navigator Certificate program will offer students, who are currently working in the healthcare industry, the opportunity to prepare for work in the field of healthcare advocacy, as a health navigator, working with patients and their families in various settings (hospital systems, physician groups, patient advocacy organizations, insurance companies). Students have the option to continue their studies to earn the Associate of Science in Public Health.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Public Health for Healthcare Professionals

The Public Health Certificate program will offer students, who are currently working as healthcare professionals, the opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of population health and its application in various settings. This certificate program will provide students with the background and knowledge needed to pursue future work in the public health sector.

Required Courses & Learning Outcomes

See a list of required courses and learning outcomes for this program in the college catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a public health worker do?

Public health workers are employed in a variety of settings including community health departments, health care agencies, public policy and environmental agencies, and research. Some public health workers are health educators that assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. They also serve as community advocates to help communities identify resources.

Are there career opportunities in public health?

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there is an estimated 54 thousand job openings for public health workers nationwide.

What are some of the career opportunities for a public health degree?

Community health worker, health educator, healthcare administrator, research analyst, health services manager or administrator, government policy analyst, health education specialist, health promotion specialist, environmental specialist, and field investigator.

Admissions & Advising

Cecil College is an open enrollment institution. Get more information, find out how to apply, or meet with an advisor.


Whether transferring coursework to Cecil College or transferring your completed degree or certificate to a four-year institution, transfer is a viable option to help meet your educational goals.

Transfer information for Maryland colleges and universities is available through the Articulation System of Maryland (ARTSYS) website at Additional transfer information can be found on the Transfer Agreements page.


Cecil College’s faculty across the curriculum in the Public Health programs hold advanced degrees in their fields and bring a wide array of healthcare and public health experience into the classroom.

Coronavirus Update

Cecil College is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 locally, regionally, and nationally. We are working with our local health department and county offices to stay up to date on the latest developments regarding the coronavirus. As of now, all classes and events on campus are taking place as scheduled.

The College is utilizing additional precautionary measures to maintain a healthful environment on all of our campuses. Our Facilities department has added additional cleaning protocols to their daily routine to help prevent the spread of germs, including the use of disinfectant wipes on high-traffic surfaces like door handles and light switches.

In addition, the College is routinely posting information regarding the prevention of germ transmission on all on-campus monitors, our student and employee newsletters, and our primary social media channels. We also have signage both on campus and on larger event promotions reminding the community that if someone isn’t feeling well or has recently traveled to any of the global, high-risk areas, the responsible thing to do is to stay home. The College continues to monitor updates from local, state and national public health officials and will update this message as necessary.