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.

  • Public Health Educator
  • Research Assistant
  • Community Health Worker
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The average undergraduate student award is $16,603.

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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 Lutheran Christian perspective on public health and prepares you to serve Christ around the world 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 path depending on your interest. Regardless of which path 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 path will allow the undergraduate student to personalize their program of study by selecting public health related multidisciplinary coursework from the fields of sociology, psychology, environmental studies, communication, philosophy, social work, political science, and health and human performance. This path prepares the undergraduate to enter the public health workforce upon graduation in numerous professional fields, and 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, or healthcare administration.

  2. Pre-clinical concentrationThis path provides the undergraduate public health 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.
Program Learning Outcomes:
  • 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
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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