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Public Health

Department of Applied Human Sciences

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The bachelor of applied science (B.A.Sc.) in Public Health prepares graduates to practice in sites such as schools, voluntary health agencies, public health departments, hospitals, corporate work sites, and businesses. Upper division students select an area of concentration in either community health education or school health education. All health educators, regardless of work site, must possess a number of general competencies. The curriculum, prepares students to assess, plan, implement, deliver, administer, and evaluate health education programs that promote health and prevent disease.

The Mission of the Public Health degree program is to prepare students to succeed as professionals in global employment or for the pursuit of advanced degrees. We accomplish this mission by providing a content rich, professionally approved curriculum that includes state-of-the art technology skills, field experiences, and public engagement.  Faculty accomplish the program’s mission through effectiveness in teaching, productivity in research or other creative activities, and service contributions. 

The Public Health major equips students to:

  • Gain experiential knowledge of the Areas of Responsibility of the Health Education Specialist through active learning. 
  • Effectively communicate orally, in writing, and through multimedia.
  • Acquire knowledge of instructional technology and its use in the practice of public health education and promotion.
  • Understand theories and research used in health education.
  • Work with diverse people in determining their needs for public health programming.
  • Utilize various methods and strategies for public health education and promotion.
  • Gain specific knowledge of various content areas of public health.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to pass the CHES exam as a result of the linkage to the competencies in all phases of the program.
  • Demonstrate commitment to the profession by involvement in organizations and service to university, community and beyond.

Public Health Program Outcomes

Degree Requirements