The College's undergraduate public health program has received national recognition for its innovative curriculum and commitment to creating a new generation of public health workforce. The second undergraduate program in the country to be accredited by the Council on Education in Public Health and one of only 12 offering an accredited BS in Public Health, it was recently named a “Best Practice” by the Healthy People 2020 Curriculum Task Force, the Association of Prevention, Teaching and Research, and the American Association of Colleges and Universities. The case study outlining the program is available at http://www.aacu.org/public_health/CaseStudies.cfm.
Sarah Bass, PhD, MPH, associate professor of Public Health and the undergraduate program director, has been asked to sit on an “expert” committee by the Association of Schools of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop guidelines for universities and colleges thinking about developing an undergraduate program.
Dr. Bass will also be presenting information on CPH's program and how it addresses development of the public health workforce in April at the National Health Promotion Summit, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services. The program has grown over 300% in the past 8 years; it currently has 375 majors and over 50 minors, making it one of the fastest growing programs in the College of Public Health.