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Associate Degree in Public Health

At a Glance

Carroll’s Associate degree in Public Health program prepares students to take the ACE Health Coach certification and to transfer into a 4-year institution’s Public Health or Health Promotion program.

Credit Count:


Program Length:

Two years, or four 15-credit terms

About the Program

Public Health focuses on the study of the human body’s ability to maintain or restore health and wellbeing.

Associate degree in Public Health majors at Carroll gain knowledge and skills through multidisciplinary study of the human body and mind. Information from anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, psychology and other specific program courses enables them to holistically treat or counsel individuals for optimal health and disease prevention.

What can I do with an AA degree in Public Health?

Sub-disciplines in the Public Health field include community and public health, workplace health promotion, health science research, epidemiology, complementary medicine and traditional medicine.

Students who complete the required discipline, general education and highly recommended courses will be prepared to pursue a career in one or more of the above sub-disciplines or to transfer to a 4-year institution’s Public Health, Health Promotion, Community Health or Health Science program.

Certify Your Skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Coursework qualifies students to take the nationally recognized American Council on Exercise (ACE) Health Coach Certification exam.

Why choose Carroll’s AA in Public Health program:

  • Practical and relevant courses taught by professional and certified faculty
  • Certification preparation courses
  • On-campus networking events with health professionals
  • Internships available

Advisory Board

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Public Health Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.



Transfers & Careers

Discover Your Passion

Find out what your interests are and how they relate to the world of work.


Carroll has transfer agreements with virtually every public college and university in Maryland, as well as many other schools throughout the state and across the country.

Learn more about transferring your courses to a different institution or explore Transfer Agreements by Area of Study.


Careers in the Public Health field include nutritionists, dietitians, community health educators and wellness coaches. Public Health graduates can find jobs in corporate wellness companies, state and local health departments, clinics and hospitals, and as health coaching consultants.

According to the most recent salary report by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Certified Health Coaches earn an average full-time salary of $52,000 per year. Most public health professionals pursue a bachelor’s degree or higher for career advancement. On average, licensed nutritionists earn $56,000 annually. (Nutritionist licensure requirements vary by state.)

To find jobs, search jobseeker websites like or using the key words: health coachwellness specialistnutritionistcommunity health or health promotion.

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Carroll’s faculty are scholars, researchers and distinguished leaders, selected based on their industry experience, academic excellence and passion for teaching. They possess a wealth of skills and knowledge to share with you throughout your pursuit of a Public Health degree.