The Bachelor of Science with a major in public health is designed to promote an understanding of health and disease based on public health principles. The primary goal of the program is to train public health professionals who will seek to improve the health status of individuals, communities and populations in the United States. The public health program builds upon a broad foundation in the liberal arts and sciences as well as social, ecological and population-based perspectives. Graduates will be prepared for entry-level public health jobs found in government agencies, health corporations, community nonprofit organizations and health care facilities. Those wishing to pursue professional careers within the public health arena will be well-positioned to continue their studies through matriculation into master’s degree programs in public health.
Upon completion of degree requirements, students will:
- Discuss the philosophy of public health including core values, concepts and functions across the globe and in society.
- Apply the basic concepts, methods and tools of public health data collection, use and analysis.
- Identify basic processes, approaches and interventions that identify and address the major public health-related needs and concerns of populations.
- Analyze the socioeconomic, behavioral, biological and environmental factors that impact human health and contribute to health disparities.
- Define the fundamental characteristics and organizational structures of the U.S. health system as well as the differences of systems in other countries.
- Appreciate the role of health promotion and disease prevention of public health problems and explain how public health can utilize social and behavioral interventions across the lifespan to improve the health of populations.
- Assess individual and social accountability, including civic responsibility and ethical reasoning, as they apply to the health of populations.
- Demonstrate proficient reasoning and critical thinking including the ability to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information, to make sound decisions and solve problems (via written and oral presentation) as they apply to public health.
- Relate the importance of assessment, planning and evaluation components of public health project implementation.
- Employ public health-specific health communication strategies appropriately.