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B.S. in Public Health

Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health provide a foundation for students wishing to work in a Public Health profession after graduation, or continue their education with Graduate Studies in Public Health. This degree has three different concentration areas:

  • Public Health Educator: Prepares students to provide health education, promote healthy lifestyles, prevent disease, and enhance quality of life in communities.
  • Laboratory Professional with ASCP Certification in Microbiology: Prepares students to work in a public health laboratory at the local, state, or national level. Upon successful completion of coursework, students are eligible for the National ASCP Board Exam in Microbiology.
  • Public Health Pre-Graduate: Graduates of this program will be prepared to either enter employment as a Health Education Specialist or other careers in public health, as well as entry into graduate school.

Jump Right In

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015), the employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow by 37% from 2010 to 2020, which is much faster than the average growth rate for similar occupations. This growth will be driven by efforts to reduce healthcare costs by teaching healthy habits and behaviors.

Designed With You in Mind

All three tracks in this degree program are offered at the Stephenville campus. The final year of classes for the Laboratory Professional with ASCP Certification in Microbiolog concentration will be held at the Fort Worth campus.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of our program go on to work in a variety of work settings, including:

  • Health Educators and Community Health Workers
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Consumer Safety Officers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Public Health Laboratory Scientists
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The Path for You

The changing dynamics of healthcare delivery require more professionals who focus on the health of the population rather than the treatment of individual patients. If you are interested in improving and raising awareness regarding the health of your community, the Public Health Industry may be the place for you.

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Career Service

Career Service offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • Hire A Texan - Online Job Board
  • Mock interviews
  • Job fairs
  • Resume assistance
  • Texan Shadow

And much more!

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Program Objectives

  • Provide a foundation for students whose goal is to work in the Public Health Industry after graduation or continue their education through Graduate Studies in Public Health.
  • Prepare students to promote health education, healthy lifestyles and choices as well as prevent diseases and enhance quality of life in whichever community they work in.
  • Prepare students for work in a public health laboratory at the local, state or national level.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
PBHL 2320 Medical Ethics
PBHL 3320 Statistics for Health Care
PBHL 4305 Issues and Trends in Health Care
PBHL 4320 Public Health Law
PBHL 4350 Pathophysiology for the Health Professionals
COMM 2302 Business and Professional Speaking
SOCI 4314 Medical and Health Care Policy
PSYC 3303 Educational Psychology
COMM 3311 Writing for Publication
MDLS 4202 Molecular Diagnostics

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

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Public Health Educator

This concentration focuses on interdisciplinary efforts to address the physical, social, behavioral, mental, and environmental health concerns of the communities and populations at risk for disease and injury.

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Laboratory Professional with ASCP Certification in Microbiology

This concentration prepares students to work in a public health laboratory at the local, state, or national level. Upon successful completion of the coursework, students will be eligible for the National ASCP Board Exam in Microbiology.

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Preparing you for Graduate School

The Public Health Professional concentration was designed for individuals with plans for public health graduate training.
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Enter the workforce as a Health Education Specialist
  • Obtain a career in the Public Health Industry
  • Seek graduate education in a Public Health program