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Public Health Program


About the Program

Vision
Healthy people in healthy communities

Mission Statement
The mission for the Public Health program at Coastal Carolina University is to prepare students to protect and improve the health of individuals and communities through a challenging academic program with experiential learning opportunities.

Program Goal Statement
Program Goal is written to reflect what we would like our students to look like when they graduate and what needs to be done to get them there.

Program Goal(s): The Public Health program at Coastal Carolina University aims to:

  • Prepare students to pursue entry-level careers in the public health field (particularly health education and health promotion), apply to health-related graduate programs, or gain additional training or schooling within other health professions;
  • Ensure a  generalist public health curriculum design that is based on the nine public health domains and seven certified health education specialist (CHES) competencies;
  • Provide diverse course offerings within the Public Health program;
  • Provide flexibility of coursework outside of the major by declaring a minor or completing a cognate;
  • Engage all public health majors in experiential learning; and
  • Provide academic and career advising by qualified and engaged faculty.

Student Learning Goal Statement
Student Learning goal is written to reflect what we would like our students to know and what skills we expect them to possess as they go through the program.

Student Learning Goal: Students in the Public Health program at Coastal Carolina University will acquire professional development skills and apply public health theory and concepts to public health practice. 

Student Learning Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate broad knowledge of health education/public health content (PUBH 495) and application of public health and health education concepts (PUBH 485).

Student Learning Outcome 2: Students will be able to identify health needs and concerns of a community by developing a literature review (PUBH 201).

Student Learning Outcome 3: Students will be able to develop strategies to improve community health (PUBH 350).

Student Learning Outcome 4: Students will demonstrate program-planning skills (PUBH 350 and PUBH 491).  

Student Learning Outcome 5: Students will develop skills needed to apply theory to public health practice (PUBH 481).

Student Learning Outcome 6: Students will demonstrate professionalism through practical experiences in a setting related to Public Health based on site supervisor student evaluations (PUBH 485).

After Graduation
Graduates of the program can move on to careers including health educator, health promotion program planner, nutrition education specialist, food inspector, public health researcher, health information specialist, corporate wellness coordinator, personal trainer, environmental educator, maternal/child nutrition consultant, teen pregnancy prevention coordinator, sexual assault prevention, health policy advocate, and pharmaceutical sales and medical sales. Other graduates choose to earn advanced degrees in areas of public health, global health, health communication, health administration, sociology, psychology, law, physician assistant programs, physical therapy, nursing and dietetics.