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Public Health

Earn a Public Health Associate Degree at Aims

Are you interested in science, education, communications and community safety? Public health is a discipline that combines these areas of interest and more. The field of public health is centered around assessing and addressing the health needs of communities or specific community groups. Public health professionals can work on issues ranging from climate change, disease outbreak response and mitigation, environmental science, vaccination, gun violence, equitable access to healthcare, and more. The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for sharing clear, actionable public health information on a national, state and community-wide level. 

The public health field encompasses a wide array of subjects and disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, psychology, environmental science, biology and communications. This breadth allows you to explore a variety of exciting potential career paths aligned with your interests. 

Earning a public health associate degree at Aims puts you on an affordable path to getting your bachelor’s degree. Thanks to a statewide agreement between community colleges and universities, when you complete your associate degree at Aims, you can transfer to any participating four-year public university in Colorado as a junior and earn your bachelor’s degree in public health. Taking your general education degree requirements at Aims instead of a four-year institution can save substantial costs. 

At Aims, your instructors, Pathway Advisors and coaches at the Aims Transitions Center will work together to ensure your transfer to a four-year school goes smoothly.

Are you ready to take the first step toward a fulfilling career supporting community-wide health and safety?

Gain Knowledge and Skills in Public Health at Aims

Depending on your areas of interest in the public health field, your Pathway Advisor can help you select general education courses aligned with your goals. 

Study an exciting array of subjects in public health that will help you hone your career path, including:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Ethics
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Psychology of Death and Dying
  • Health Psychology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Public Speaking
  • Logic

You can also tailor elective courses to support your educational and career goals.

Examples include:

  • Biological Anthropology
  • Environmental Science
  • Dynamics of Racism and Prejudice
  • World Languages
  • History
  • Statistics

Your instructors will also teach you soft skills essential to work in public health or any related discipline, including:

  • Critical and holistic thinking
  • Diversity awareness and appreciation
  • The scientific method
  • Effective communication
  • Research
  • Data gathering and reporting
  • Promoting health and wellness
  • Scientific literacy
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Problem-solving

Careers in Public Health

Due to the growing need for public health research, analysis and communications, a broad range of potential careers are possible in this field. 

Examples of public health careers include:

  • Community health worker
  • Health education specialist
  • Research assistant
  • Epidemiologist
  • Public health data analyst
  • Health policy administrator
  • Health communications specialist

Additionally, after earning an associate degree in public health, you may decide to explore careers in other related fields, including:

  • Social worker
  • EMT/Paramedic
  • Nurse
  • Physician
  • Psychologist
  • Journalist

Continue Your Public Health Studies at a Colorado Four-Year Public University

Thanks to a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement in Colorado, after graduating from Aims with an Associate of Arts Degree With Designation in Public Health, you can go on to earn your bachelor’s degree at any participating public university statewide.

Below is a list of colleges and universities in Colorado that are a part of this statewide agreement and offer a bachelor’s degree in public health. 

Here’s what your journey from Aims to a bachelor’s degree in public health will look like:

  1. An Aims Enrollment Coach can answer your questions about this degree transfer program and help you get started on the path to earning your degree.
  2. After becoming an Aims student, you’ll choose classes to earn your public health associate degree. Your Aims Pathway Advisor will help ensure you follow the pathway that best suits you and helps you reach your goals.
  3. Throughout your time at Aims, you'll also work with an Aims Transfer Coach to get help choosing the school you’d like to transfer to and researching what scholarships are available.
  4. You can also reach out to a transfer advisor at your chosen four-year school to make sure you're choosing classes that will support you when you go on to complete your bachelor's degree.
  5. Before graduating from Aims, your Transfer Coach will help you prepare for the transition to your new school as a junior.
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The Aims2UNC Transition Program

Aims2UNC is a joint initiative streamlining the path for students to seamlessly transition between the two colleges. You’ll get support from dedicated Aims2UNC advisors who will guide you as you earn your associate and bachelor's degrees in public health.

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Leverage Your Associate Degree in Public Health to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Related Subjects

While many public health degree students go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in public health, you can also go choose to earn a bachelor’s degree in a related subject such as:

  • Health Science
  • Human Sciences
  • Public Relations
  • Environmental Science
  • Biology
  • Data Analytics

Public Health Faculty

Aims public health faculty teach with your needs and interests in mind, guiding you according to your specific public health areas of interest. With smaller class sizes compared to four-year schools, you’ll have more opportunities for personalized instruction and interaction with peers.