Public Health (BS and 4+1)
Public Health (BS)
As one of the few programs of its type accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the B.S. program addresses a broad range of public health concerns, including individual disease prevention and injury/harm reduction behaviors, distribution and development of disease through epidemiological assessment and community program development, implementation, and evaluation. View Curriculum.
Graduates are well positioned to create and implement leading programs to improve public health through voluntary health agencies, public health departments, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, corporate worksites, community health organizations, family planning clinics, and managed care facilities, to name a few.
Students learn to use social, behavioral, policy and educational interventions to shape population health, gain experience in assessing the needs of target populations, clarify program goals and objectives, and develop strategies to motivate and involve their clients/patients in health behavior change interventions.
Undergraduates complete more than 600 hours of internships in the public health field and are prepared for diverse careers that focus on creating, implementing, and evaluating interventions and programs designed to improve health status and quality of life for all individuals. (More on undergraduate fieldwork.)
After completing University-required General Education classes, public health students complete courses in the core disciplines of public health within the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and courses taken in other important areas outside the Department, including the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. The major requires a minimum of 124 total semester hours for graduation.
The 4+1 BS/MPH is a rigorous 5-year program in which outstanding public health majors will have the opportunity to acquire a bachelor of science (BS) and master of public health (MPH) degree, with a concentration in social and behavioral science. Learn more here.