Lead change in public health

Public Health is a diverse, cross-cutting discipline with vast opportunities, in both public and private areas at the local, state, and national levels, that truly make a difference in people’s lives.

Sample Careers
  • Public Health Educator
  • Research Assistant
  • Community Health Worker
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Program Overview

The field of public health, “promotes and protects the health of people in the communities where they live, learn, work, and play” (American Public Health Association). It is a very diverse, crosscutting discipline with vast opportunities, in both public and private sectors, at the local, state, and national levels. Through this field of study, you will truly make a difference in people’s lives.

This degree offers a mission-focused perspective on public health and prepares you to serve as a globally minded citizen working to protect and promote the public’s health. It is an engaging, multidisciplinary educational program filled with practical application opportunities to prepare you to be a strong, competitive candidate in the public health sector.

In this degree program, you will have the opportunity to personalize your concentration depending on your interest. Regardless of which concentration you choose, all undergraduate students will complete a minimum of 120 credits, including 45 credit hours of general education core curricula, 25 credit hours of required public health coursework, and 3 credit hours of a culminating/capstone project.

  1. Community Health concentration:
    This concentration allows the undergraduate student to personalize their program of study by tailoring their electives to meet personal academic and professional interests. This concentration integrates many disciplines and allows you to personalize your study with electives from programs, such as environmental studies, communication, social work, sociology, psychology, political science, or health and human performance to create an educational experience unique to you.

    This may involve blending the required public health curriculum with coursework from the subject areas above to create an individualized multidisciplinary educational experience. Students may also want to focus their studies around working with a specific population to promote health equity for all members of a community. This concentration prepares the undergraduate to enter the public health workforce upon graduation in numerous professional fields and community settings, such as health departments, non-profit organizations, hospitals and health systems, governmental agencies, schools, and private businesses. A BSPH also provides the foundation for future graduate degrees, such as a masters’ in public health, social work, occupational therapy or healthcare administration.

  2. Pre-clinical concentration
    This concentration provides the undergraduate student with a strong foundation in the basic sciences and is most relevant for students who may want to continue their education by pursuing a graduate degree in a health profession, such as a pharmacy, physical therapy, or physician assistant program.
Learning Outcomes for both concentrations:
  • Demonstrate the concepts and core values of public and population health
  • Employ Christian service by protecting and promoting the public’s health
  • Apply teamwork, leadership, and professionalism principles to address health-related needs and concerns of populations
  • Locate, use, evaluate, and synthesize public health information
  • Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms and through a variety of media, to diverse audiences
  1. Learning outcomes for community health concentration:
    1. Discuss the diversity and unique public health-related needs of specific populations in the context of achieving health equity.
    2. Build trust and rapport with communities served.
    3. Outline strategies to build individual and community capacity.

  2. Learning outcomes for pre-clinical concentration
    1. Demonstrate a robust understanding of various science and math concepts and how they relate to public health knowledge and skills.
    2. Compare and contrast individual health approaches and population-based public health approaches to care.
    3. Prepare to advocate for public health issues within the health care context.
Career Outlook

A career in public health can take you in many directions. Below are various places and positions your degree can be put to work. You could also eventually pursue your master’s in public health to help you specialize in a certain area of this field.

Industries for Public Health
  • Nonprofit Sector
  • Health Insurance Industry
  • Hospitals
  • Government
    • Local and State Public Health Departments
    • Federal Agencies
  • Schools
  • Research Institutions
Sample Positions
  • Public Health Educator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Public Health Advocate/Health Care Navigator
  • Public Health/Population Health Data Analyst
  • Health Teacher
  • Research Assistant or Coordinator or Scientist
  • Program Manager or Specialist
  • Policy Analyst or Health Legislative Assistant
  • Grant Writer
  • Healthcare professional

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