Bachelor of Science in Public Health

About the BSPH

What is public health

The public health program will prepare you to focus on primary prevention of negative population health issues in community settings. The bachelor's degree is based on competencies you need to master to become a Certified Health Education Specialist. Coursework is focused on public and global health issues; psychosocial science and epidemiology; skills associated with planning, implementing, administering and evaluating community and public health programs; modifying health behaviors; grant writing; advocating for health policies; and professional preparation in the field of public health and community health education.

The program integrates classroom study with hands-on practical experiences to provide comprehensive academic preparation. In addition to classroom experiences, you'll also complete a capstone experience and a semester-long internship in your chosen career path. The program will prepare you for a career in government-based public health agencies, nonprofit organizations, managed care organizations, medical and hospital centered education settings and corporate health promotion settings. In addition, the program is appropriate if you are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in public health (MPH), community health (MS) or health promotion (MS).

What's new in this program?

We have a lot of exciting and cool classes that focus on:

  • Global health issues
  • Environmental health
  • Health behavior change
  • Grant writing
  • Creating, implementing and evaluating community health programs
  • Advocating for changes in laws and policies that impact people's health
  • And much more! We even have a three-week summer travel abroad class that looks at public health and healthcare issues in South Africa.

How do I get started?

Contact Jill Hamilton in CHHS Advising to learn more about this exciting new major.