Department of Public Health Education

About the Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health Education offers the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in public health education with a concentration in Community Health Education, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in public health education with a concentration in Health Studies online,Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and Doctorate of Public Health (PhD) degree, both in community health education.

The B.S. in Public Health Education with a Concentration in Community Health Education
provides field experiences in public and private agencies as a part of the professional preparation program. Students are prepared to plan and implement community health programs to reduce or prevent a wide variety of health problems. In addition, Community Health Education graduates are eligible candidates for national credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.).

The B.S. in Public Health Education with a Concentration in Health Studies
is an online degree completion program that prepares students for a health-related position, graduate school, or professional school. The Health Studies concentration will give a foundation in the core areas of public health including social and behavioral sciences, epidemiology, environmental health, public health statistics, and international health.

The MPH in Community Health Education
is a professional preparation program for students interested in careers that involve the development and management of population-based health promotion and disease prevention activities within communities. The program is designed to meet the needs of professional backgrounds. In the program students receive academic preparation in the traditional public health fields of:

  • epidemiology
  • statistics
  • environmental health
  • health policy
with course work and field-based experiences emphasizing the development of practitioner competencies. The degree program prepares graduates for careers in public health and health care settings at local, state, regional, or national level.

The PhD program
emphasizes community-based participatory research in public health. Program requirements are designed to prepare students academically and professionally for conducting significant public health research to facilitate the resolution of public health outcomes important to the community and field. Together, students, faculty members, and community partners from research teams whose work is guided by a prevention research model recently developed by the workforce preparation guidelines developed by the Institute of Medicine.