Our public health major offers students a broad understanding of factors impacting population health as well as the opportunity to work with diverse faculty who are exceptional scholars and leaders. Graduates are prepared for entry-level careers, allied health professional programs and graduate programs in public health, health promotion, epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and environmental health.
The program is interdisciplinary. All Public Health majors must take four core courses (Introduction to Public Health, Global Health, Epidemiology, and Health Communication) as well as courses in health policy, environmental health, and ethics. Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Public Health majors must also take seven additional Public Health classes and Human Anatomy and Human Physiology. All students must complete an internship or independent study. With strong local, national and international ties to public health organizations, this program exposes our students to unique research and internship opportunities that include advocacy, program implementation and hands-on field work. Recent internships – both local and international – have been in areas such as nutrition, AIDS awareness and water sanitation.
The B.S. in Public Health is recommended for students needing a strong science background to enter graduate or professional school or those who want to obtain a challenging entry-level position in health promotion, health education, or many other Public Health careers. This degree is also for students interested in becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). .
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