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What can you expect from a career in Public Health?

The associate of public health provides the initial course work to prepare students for a career in public health. Public health is an exciting area of practice which takes a population-based focus to health. Individuals in this field interpret community data to determine health needs and intervention priorities.

Public health professionals contribute to a number of community health initiatives. In addition to needs assessment, they work with community leaders to plan, implement, and evaluate community health education interventions such as smoking cessation, chronic and infectious disease awareness campaigns, vaccination programs, and family planning and prenatal care initiatives. This program is ideal for those who like to work with the public, yet who also like to take the broader view of how to promote the health of communities and groups of citizens.


Although public health professionals often work for local, state, or federal public health departments, federal entities such as the NIH, CDC, and branches of the armed forces also employ all types of public health workers. Private industrial companies, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and research institutions may also hire public health specialists to ensure health and safety standards. Voluntary health agencies, such as the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, and the Alzheimer’s Association often employ public health professionals to run programs and assume administrative roles.

Currently in New Mexico, graduates with the associate of public health degree are acquiring positions as community health workers, disease prevention specialists, and program coordinators with a variety of agencies.

Public Health Courses

NOTE: For Core Areas I–VI and Related Requirements, please refer to the most recent Catalog.

The CHSS and PHL S courses listed here may be applied toward the bachelor’s degree program in Public Health Health at NMSU.

CHSS 101 • Overview of Health and Community Services (3)

PHLS 150G • Personal Health and Wellness (3)

PHLS 275 • Foundations of Community Health Education (3)

PHLS 295 • Essentials of Public Health (3)

CHSS 299 • Service Learning Experience in Human and Community Services (1-4)

To get started…

While there are no special admissions criteria for this program, prospective majors should contact the Division of Health and Public Services Office at DACC for an initial advising session. Courses for the associate degree program in public health may be taken online or in person. The program fully articulates with the bachelor’s degree program offered by the Department of Public Health Sciences on the NMSU Las Cruces campus.

For further information, contact the program office at (575) 528-7033.