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About the Public Health Program

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Public Health program:

  1. Are able to use existing sources of health data, name the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States based on age and gender, and the important modifiable risk factors for each.
  2. Can identify recommended clinical preventive services based on patient's age, sex, and risk factor status using appropriate guidelines.
  3. Demonstrate the communication and psychomotor skills required to provide appropriate, recommended preventive services.
  4. Understand features of health systems that promote the integration and utilization of disease prevention-health promotion services.
  5. Describe the clinical, ethical, and legal issues associated with case finding and screening programs.
  6. Identify the roles of various health care providers, interdisciplinary health care teams, consultation/referral sources, and community resources in providing clinical preventive services and complementary clinical care.
  7. Understand the transmission of disease in clinical settings and demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to take universal precautions.


  • The mission of public health is to fulfill society's interest in assuring conditions in which people can be healthy.
  • This program offers students many courses in all aspects of the public health discipline.
  • A public health minor also exists to students in other majors.

Special Features

  • Students are eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist exam offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). This is a voluntary professional certification program.
  • Students complete field experiences and a one-semester internship with a public health department, health center or community-based organization.
  • Internships and field experiences are coordinated by the program in association with established partnerships, practicums and internships already established within the health sciences.

Areas Where Students with Public Health Degrees Often Work

  • Health services administration
  • Biostatistics
  • Epidemiology
  • Behavioral sciences
  • Health education
  • Environmental health sciences

Areas of Employment

  • Local, regional and state public health departments
  • Health advocacy groups
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Health systems
  • Health insurance industry
  • Managed care organizations

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