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Public Health

Help build a healthier world

COVID-19 taught us many lessons, chief among them, the importance of a strong public health system. From treating infectious diseases to reducing environmental hazards to creating solutions for substance abuse, public health officials are on the frontline of some of the most important issues of our time.

As a public health minor at Holy Cross College, you will gain a deep understanding of the science and policies behind public health. You’ll also learn to work within a team environment so that, when you embark on a career in public health, you’re able to collaborate effectively with the wide-ranging populations and stakeholders that influence policy.


All public health minors benefit from:

  • Small classes (our average class size is 14)
  • Internships that enable you to apply what you’re learning in the classroom to real-world problems (100 percent of Holy Cross students intern before they graduate)
  • The ability to conduct research alongside Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s College students (you’ll have access to all the resources afforded by our tri-campus community)
  • A minimum of 18 to 20 credit hours, featuring courses like Epidemiology, Environmental Sociology, and Gender Psychology


A degree of versatility

The public health minor will prepare you to pursue a graduate degree or embark on a wide range of careers, including positions with:

  • Local, state or federal public health departments
  • Hospitals and health care systems
  • Non-profit organizations

Minor Requirements

Faculty major academic advisor

Professors. Mentors. Research partners. The Holy Cross College biology faculty will help you connect your passion for science with the needs of the world.

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Brother Lawrence Unfried, C.S.C.