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If you want to pursue a career promoting the health and wellness of individuals, families, and communities, a rewarding career in public health is for you. With a Public Health Associate Degree you can fill many important roles including health educator, patient advocate, community liaison, or focus on keeping workers and the environment safe.

Why Choose NECC?

NECC’s Public Health Associate Degree will prepare you for a variety of entry-level public health positions in the community. You will also be able to transfer credits toward a bachelor’s degree in health education, health administration, environmental health, or a related field. With this program you will:

  • Learn about healthy lifestyles, population perspectives, public health issues, systems, programs, outreach, and education
  • Benefit from real-world experience by participating in a practicum (internship)
  • Improve your career options by earning a degree in Public Health

Because of NECC

You can pursue entry-level positions in private, public, and federal health care agencies, or choose to continue your education. Upon program completion you’ll be able to:

  • Serve in roles critical to wellness such as patient navigator, family advocate, community support specialist, environmental protection, or worker safety advocate
  • Transfer credits toward a bachelor’s degree in a related health care field and save thousands of dollars on your education


Courses and Requirements


Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. View the suggested pathway for the Public Health degree program.


By Phone

By Phone

Jacqueline Dick, Program Coordinator


By Email

By Email

Jacqueline Dick, Program Coordinator

In Person

In Person

Please contact the program coordinator to request a one-on-one information session on the Public Health Associate Degree at NECC.

Additional Program Costs

View the Additional Program Costs for the Public Health Degree Program.

Required Documents

Criteria Packets

Additional Information

Student Learning Outcomes - Public Health Associate Degree

Student Learning Outcomes – Public Health Associate Degree

  • Successfully distinguish an understanding of interventions that address public health issues including the structure and function of the organizational setting and public health policies.
  • Collaborate as part of a team to explore a selected public health issue. This may include coursework and or interdisciplinary /integrative feedback.
  • Classify public health systems as they pertain to organization, funding and delivery of service.
  • Integrate student practices to comply with the Massachusetts Code of Ethics for Community Health Workers.
  • Develop a needs assessment and create a plan to educate a selected population on health risk modification.
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