Public Health

Public Health

About the Public Health Pathway 

If you are interested in the health sciences, are socially-minded, and want to help people on a large scale, a career in public health might be right for you!

This pathway is designed to meet Associate in Arts degree requirements with an emphasis in public health. Completion of this degree allows you to transfer into most bachelor’s degree programs with your first two-years of schooling completed.

Public health is concerned with preserving health through education, prevention, and community initiatives that range from local to global. Addressing the most pressing health concerns to date, public health goes beyond traditional medical care provided by physicians and current healthcare systems. Through research, public policy and by supporting various organizations, public health practitioners employ unique ways to indirectly and directly impact the well-being of a population.

This exciting field of study will introduce you to an array of fulfilling, diverse job opportunities that concentrate on human health, illnesses, disease prevention and the environment. By selecting this pathway, you’ll join others dedicated to documenting, monitoring, assessing, and improving the health of all communities, including those who are most marginalized.

Associate Transfer Degrees

Associate Transfer Degrees: Two-year transfer degrees let you take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Colleges for a fraction of the cost, and then transfer to a four-year university with the skills and confidence to succeed. Be sure to work with a transfer advisor at Seattle Colleges and the four-year institution you plan to attend.

Depending on your program pathway, you can earn either an Associate of Arts (AA-DTA), Associate in Business (AB-DTA), or Associate of Science (AS), Track 1 or Track 2. Learn more.

Program Pathway Map 

Program Pathways are a series of courses and experiences carefully selected to help you earn your credential and prepare for your career or university transfer. Program Pathway Maps guide you through quarter-by-quarter coursework, indicate when you’ll need to complete important steps, and describe popular careers in this pathway.  Some course sequences or recommended courses can be customized or adjusted by speaking with an advisor.  

View Program Pathway Map

Career Opportunities

  • Public Health Educator
  • Health Promotion Programmer
  • Corporate Wellness Director
  • Alcohol Educator
  • Infection Control Coordinator
  • Epidemiologist
  • Community Organizer
  • Teen Outreach Coordinator
  • Wellness Consultant
  • Elder Services Director
  • Women’s Health Director
  • Clinical Outcomes Specialist
  • Biostatistician

A bachelor’s degree or higher degree may be required for some careers listed above. For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

Future Education Opportunities

Once you complete this Associate degree, additional education opportunities include:

  • A bachelor’s degree in public health, health administration, or a related field at a four-year college or university.
  • A Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at one of the Seattle Colleges. 

South Seattle College has direct transfer agreements with four-year institutions throughout Washington state, including University of Washington, Washington State University and Seattle University. Graduates from South have also transferred to out-of-state institutions.

Program and admissions requirements vary from college to college. Contact an advisor to create an educational plan tailored to transfer to the institution of your choice.

Length of Program

90 credits = 6 quarters if you take 15 credits* each term.

*Students who take 15 credits each quarter earn their degree faster, saving them time and money. Additionally, full-time students often qualify for more financial aid and earn more money over their lifetime because they complete their schooling faster. Meet with an advisor to build your education plan!  

Which Quarter Can I Begin?

Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer.

Class Times/Delivery Modes?

Most courses are offered M-TH, M/W, or T/TH during the daytime (between 8-1:30 p.m.) on-campus, online, or in hybrid (part on-campus, part online) format. We also offer some evening courses twice-a-week and science courses may include afternoon labs (between 1-4 p.m.). For the most recent class times, visit the online class schedule.

Approximate Costs Each Quarter

Tuition………………………………………………………….........………….............…………....$1550

Books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees……………………………………...........$200

Tuition based on WA resident rates. Rates for international students and non-residents may vary.

Did you know that the average student at South spends three hours applying for financial aid and gets more than $4000 per year? 

To apply for financial aid, including grants and scholarships you don’t have to pay back, visit South’s Financial Aid Department for details.

Where can I go if I have questions about this program pathway? 

(206) 934-5387 ⋆ AdvisorSouth@SeattleColleges.edu ⋆ RSB 11