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Public Health Program


Student Experience

Students majoring in public health have the flexibility of either declaring a minor (18 – 22 credits) or completing one of the four cognate options (15 credits hours) for a complementary area of study and/or to complete prerequisites for graduate studies: 

  • General Cognate:
    • Students may take 100-200 level basic science courses (as needed prerequisites for graduate degrees such as physical therapy occupational therapy or physician's assistant) ;
    • Students may take 300-400 level coursework outside of the major to complement their specific career interests or as prerequisites for a graduate studies
  • Communication Cognate (pre-approved sequence of courses)
  • Exercise Science Cognate (pre-approved sequence of courses)
  • Health Services Leadership Cognate (pre-approved sequence of courses)
  • In their final semester, students participate in two cumulative experiences:
    • an internship in a local, national, or international health related agency; 
    • a capstone review course that ends with a comprehensive exam of required course content and concepts.
  • 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.
  • The generalist public health degree fulfills the nine public health domains, while the focus on health promotion prepares students with the following skills within the field: assessing individual and community needs, planning health education and promotion programs, implementing health education and promotion interventions, conducting evaluation and research within public health disciplines, administering health education and promotion strategies, serving as a health education resource person, and communicating and advocating for health education and public health through grant writing, working with the media, coalition building, among others.
  • Completion of the program qualifies graduates to apply for certification through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) as a certified Health Education Specialist. CHES certification is encouraged by many health professionals and is required in some states.

Below is information for students who may want to pursue an additional degree after Public Health.

Career Opportunities in Public Health (PDF)
Public Health Information Sheet (PDF)
Public Health Major Generlist (PDF)
Public Health to Dental School (PDF)
Public Health to DPD (PDF)
Public Health to Medical School (PDF)
Public Health to Occupational Therapist (PDF)
Public Health to Physician Assistant School (PDF)
Public Health to Physical Therapy  (PDF)
Public Health Minor (PDF)