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New Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program for Fall 2014

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences is pleased to offer the Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree starting this fall.

The Bachelor of Science in Public health degree provides a foundation for students wishing to obtain employment in a public health profession or continue their education with graduate studies in public health. This degree has three different tracks/concentration areas, which are detailed below:

Track 1: Community Health Education

Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Community Health Education Concentration
Professor presenting a map on an overhead projector and discussing disease trends in the U.S.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health concentration in Community Health Education will prepare students to provide health education, promote healthy lifestyles and healthy choices, prevent diseases and enhance quality of life in communities

A strong foundation will be developed to understand distribution of health and illness in diverse populations, the relationship to social determinants to health and illness and disease risks among human populations.


The Community Health Education curriculum focuses on interdisciplinary efforts to address the physical, social, behavioral, mental, and environmental health concerns of communities and population at risk for disease and injury. Graduates will plan and evaluate health services in communities, coordinate the community efforts of government agencies, care systems and private organizations and serve as advocates of improved community wellness.

Track 2: Public Health Laboratory Professional

Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Public Health Laboratory Professional with ASCP Certification in Microbiology

Two students looking at lab equipment and data.The laboratory track prepares students to work in a public health laboratory at the local, state or national level. Public health microbiology laboratories help to identify agents of infectious disease in the community. Upon successful completion of the course work, students will be eligible for the national ASCP board exam and qualified to work in both public health and hospital microbiology laboratories.

Prerequisite: Approval of Department Head

Track 3: Public Health Professional

Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Public Health Professional with plans for Public Health Graduate Training

Professor and Student standing side-by-side in a lab with white coatesGraduates of the Pre-Graduate Public Health program will be prepared to either enter employment as a Health Education specialist or other public health career or pursue a graduate education in public health.

Locations

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health program is offered on the Stephenville Campus with portions of Track 2 on the Southwest Metroplex campus.

Job Market

Employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services.

Employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 21 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected because increases in the aging population, increases in demand for substance abuse treatment, and overall population growth.

Program Contact

If you have questions please contact:
Dr. Sally Hoger
MTC/Fort Worth 117
hoger@tarleton.edu
Phone: 817-926-1101 From Campus: 7227