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Public Health Degree

About public health

Public health is defined as the art and science of helping people change their lifestyles to move toward states of optimal health. When you work in the field of public health, you will assist others in making lifestyle changes by enhancing awareness, changing behavior or creating environments that support better health practices. The Bachelor of Science in public health program blends instruction from biology, psychology, sociology, marketing, epidemiology, statistics, and medicine into applications addressing current health problems facing our communities. Students completing the program earn the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

The student experience

There is a growing demand for culturally diverse outreach workers trained in behavioral and community-based intervention technologies to both educate and empower at-risk populations to improve their health status. The increased emphasis on integrating public health and disease prevention in health plans will increase future career opportunities in primary care settings and community-based outreach programs.

Students desiring careers in allied health fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication science and physician's assistant may complete prerequisites for these programs within the public health degree.

Students may complete the public health degree with an option in exercise science. This option is designed for students who desire to work in wellness or personal training centers.

The health services leadership option is a directed course of study to broaden students’ understanding of the complex issues facing future health care and public health professionals. This option is recommended for those who wish to go directly into the workforce upon graduation.

The health communication option is beneficial to promoting and protecting the public’s health and may serve as a venue for health policy advocacy.

Completion of the program qualifies graduates to apply for certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) as a Certified Health Specialist (CHES). CHES certification is encouraged by many health professionals and is required in some states.

Students have the opportunity to participate in an internship for one semester in a health-related agency such as Conway Medical Wellness and Fitness Center, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, Rape Crisis Center, Shoreline Behavioral Health Services, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the American Cancer Society.

Beyond the classroom

Graduates of the program move on to careers including: health promotion programmer, health information specialist, corporate wellness, personal trainer, environmental educator, maternal/child nutrition consultant, teen pregnancy prevention coordinator, family service specialist, youth educator, alcohol educator, health education coordinator, health policy advocate, pharmaceutical sales representative and medical sales.

For information, contact:

Fredanna M'Cormack McGough, Ph.D.
Department Chair

Pam English (Walker)
Administrative Specialist