Public health major comes to Nebraska Wesleyan

  • Student demonstrating STEM project
  • Student demonstrating STEM project

Nebraska Wesleyan will offer a new major in public health beginning fall 2023. 

The public health major will feature the traditional Nebraska Wesleyan experience with select online courses taught by national experts. Online courses will be offered through NWU's membership in a consortium of independent colleges. 

The public health major is designed to address the health of populations locally, nationally and globally through an interdisciplinary education program. Students will gain a diverse range of knowledge, skills and values necessary to advance in the field of public health as practitioners, researchers and leaders. 

"The recent COVID-19 pandemic accentuated the need for public health experts who can plan and respond to health emergencies. Experts in this field can also educate policymakers and the public enhancing the health and wellbeing of our communities," said NWU Provost Graciela Caneiro-Livingston. "This is a high-demand field and Nebraska Wesleyan is well positioned to meet the need." In fact, jobs in public health are expected to grow by 9.3% over the next 10 years, according to The Burning Glass Institute. 

Last fall, NWU added four new majors in partnership with the consortium, which include data analytics, digital marketing, financial planning and project management. 

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