ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Public Health at Goucher?

Public Health is a multidisciplinary field that evolves to meet the needs of people around the world. Its primary goals include preventing disease and injury and promoting physical, mental and social health at the population level. Practitioners work to research health trends and identify disparities in health, understand the direct and indirect causes of health problems, develop strategies to improve health, and advance the equity and quality of systems necessary to the success of those strategies. Distinctive features of Goucher’s Public Health program include a strong emphasis on Global Health, Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability, as well as hands-on learning activities and study abroad. With its diverse electives in multiple departments, the program provides students with opportunities to curate their learning experiences and develop skills relevant to professional success.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?

The Public Health program introduces students to the core subdisciplines of Public Health and supports the development of knowledge and skills essential for success in Public Health careers and graduate study. Students learn about the wide variety of career paths in Public Health in their courses and through hands-on learning opportunities, including internships and volunteer work. The Public Health curriculum emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of Public Health, providing opportunities for students to take courses in a wide variety of relevant traditional liberal arts disciplines in addition to core Public Health courses. Central to Public Health at Goucher are an emphasis on Global Health and a strong focus on Social Justice and Environmental Sustainability. Through Public Health study abroad programs, students have opportunities to develop cultural competency, improve their fluency in non-English languages, and learn about health challenges and health systems in other countries. Learn More

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?

The Public Health major and minor at Goucher prepare students for a wide variety of careers in Public Health and beyond, including but not limited to: research, data analysis and visualization, outbreak response, health education, community mobilization, advocacy, health law, healthcare management, computer programming, fund raising, supply chain management, project management and evaluation. The skills developed in the Public Health major at Goucher are also transferrable to many other careers, such as scientific writing, communications, education, or international development. Graduates of undergraduate Public Health programs nationwide work in settings including government agencies, higher education, think tanks, non-profits, foundations, the pharmaceutical industry, tech start-ups, consulting companies, healthcare institutions, insurance companies, and other for-profit companies.

Study Abroad

Goucher’s international partner programs help students explore health from a global perspective and provide courses and experiential learning opportunities that complement Goucher’s curriculum. For further information, visit Study Abroad Programs.


Major & Minor program contact
Jennifer Bess, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Peace Studies

Full-time Faculty
Jennifer Bess, Associate Professor of Peace Studies

Janet Hinson Shope, Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Professor of Sociology: gender, health, sexual violence

Part-time Faculty
Patty Greenberg

Opportunities & Internships


Internships help students explore possibilities, apply classroom learning, and gain experience. Explore internships and credit options.

Goucher’s Career Education Office (CEO) provides support for students seeking internships or micro-internships (Career Education Office (CEO)).


University of Maryland School of Public Health Affiliation

Goucher College has an affiliation agreement with the University of Maryland School of Public Health here in Baltimore.  During the spring of their junior year, students can apply to take graduate level courses in the School of Public Health during the following summer or during their senior year. You may view more information on the University of Maryland Public Health Program website.

University of Maryland School of Public Health Articulation Agreement (PDF)


Sites where students have interned recently

Adventist HealthCare
Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods
Baltimore County Government: Public Works
Bare of Hope Consulting and Counseling, LLC
BioSolution Designs
Calls of Care Organization
Catch a Lift Fund
Chase Brexton
Court Appointed Special Advocate
Crisis Text Line
CVS Health
Federal Defender Program, Inc.
Fund for Educational Excellence/ Under Armour
Getting Words to Work
HOPO Therapeutics
HSC Health Care System
Humanz Mediate
The Ihangane Project/ TIP Global Health
Immune Deficiency Foundation
Integral Yoga Institute
International Rescue Committee Baltimore
Judith Heumann LLC
Keep Greenville County Beautiful
Latin American Youth Center
Living Classrooms Foundation
Maine Department of Labor: Division of Vocational Services
Maryland NOW
MedStar Health
Mental Health America of Fredericksburg
Network for Developing Conscious Communities
Next Generation Language Access
Parks and People Foundation
Rotary Peace Center
The Ruscombe Mansion Community Health Center
Secure Women
Talbert House
The Trevor Project
The University of Arizona
Urban Health Media Project
The VPI Firm
Youth Transforming Justice


Volunteer Opportunities

Baltimore City Health Department

The Baltimore City Health Department is one of the most progressive in the country. Through the health department there are a number of opportunities for volunteering. The department sponsors the Baltimore City Harm Reduction Coalition to help with a variety of issues in the city.

The department also offers training in in naloxone treatment.

International Volunteer Opportunities

There are many opportunities available for international work. Please be aware that many of these volunteer sites will charge students a significant fee for volunteering. Please be sure to put together a realistic budget before signing up with a program.

Child Family Health International (CFHI) is a non-profit organization that facilitates global health experiences for students. It has been in operation for over 20 years and sends 650 students abroad annually. They are partnered in five countries: Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico and South Africa.


Student Employment

Student employment connects students to both on and off-campus opportunities. The Career Education Office provides resources and support to students with or without Federal Work Study to find jobs, submit applications, and learn more about the job search process. Students have access to Handshake — a website for job postings, events, resumes/cover letters, and career management.

Major & Career Exploration

Exploring career options, choosing a major, and making career decisions is a multi-step process in which all students are encouraged to engage early and often. Goucher students have a variety of resources available through the Majors and Career page to assist them in this process.

Job Search

A Goucher education prepares students for today’s job market and beyond. Students can explore job opportunities and access job search resources through the CEO Job Search page.

Graduate & Professional School

Students access resources for searching and applying to graduate and professional school through the CEO Graduate and Professional School page, through faculty and staff members, or utilizing their own resources, network and tools.

Johns Hopkins Carey Business School 4+1 BA/MS Program

Goucher College and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School are offering Goucher students a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program. This 4+1 program combines a bachelor’s degree from Goucher with a master of science degree from Johns Hopkins in business analytics and risk management, information systems, health care management, finance, or marketing. Students can apply during their junior year. GRE or GMAT tests have been waived but applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 or better and have passed some quantitative reasoning courses with a grade of B or better.