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Public Health

The B.S. degree with a major in Public Health is designed to prepare students with the skills and knowledge to become public health practitioners in a rapidly growing field.

Public Health is about addressing health disparities, improving access to health care, creating healthier communities, controlling infectious disease, reducing environmental hazards, curbing violence, controlling substance abuse, limiting injuries, and reducing the impact of natural disasters.  The successful effort to reduce malaria worldwide, lower infant mortality rates due to SIDS, and create stricter environmental policies to reduce vehicle emissions are all Public Health efforts that occurred as a result of fostering partnerships with individuals, communities and organizations.

The Ten Essential Public Health Services

  • Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  • Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community
  • Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
  • Mobilize ommunity partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts
  • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  • Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  • Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce
  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
  • Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems

What will I study?

Disciplines of Public Health include health policy and management, epidemiology, family health, behavioral science and health education, health communication, occupational safety, environmental health, public health preparedness and international and global health.  Students will learn theories of health behavior, prepare policy briefs, design and evaluate health promotion programs, conduct environmental audits in the field, develop social marketing campaigns, and learn to assess public health issues through a system lens.

Public Health majors will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in the community through volunteer and service learning projects.  After all course work is completed, students will participate in a full-time (40-hour/week) service-learning internship that will allow them to gain practical experience in the field while making a contribution to the community.

Program Curriculum

Course Sequence


What could I do with my degree?

  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Educator
  • Health Promoter/Social Marketer
  • Program Evaluator
  • Refugee Coordinator
  • Minority Health Research Analyst or Healthcare Policy Analyst
  • Emergency Response Specialist
  • Environmental Health Technician
  • Infection Control Specialist
  • Health Services Manager
  • Biostatistician
  • Health Informatics Specialist
  • Health Economist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Grant Writer
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