Public Health Bachelor of Science in Public Health

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What are the goals of the BSPH program?

Graduates will be qualified for early career, entry-level positions in public health agencies and other public or private organizations. However, an additional outcome is to prepare students for advanced study via graduate and professional degree programs. The BSPH program gives students a broad introduction to the field of public health. However, graduate school offers a deeper education with a more intense focus on a specific topic area. The BSPH program offers opportunities in one of two specializations: Environmental Public Health and Public Health Sociology.

Core Competencies

All graduates of the BSPH degree program will be prepared to:

  • Summarize the historic milestones in public health.
  • Compare and contrast examples of major domestic and international public health issues.
  • Discuss approaches and strategies to identify, respond to and intervene with attempt to resolve common public health issues.
  • Identify political, cultural, behavioral and socioeconomic factors related to global public health issues.
  • Apply the fundamental principles of the five core disciplines of public health (biostatistics; environmental health; epidemiology; health administration; health behavior/promotion) to domestic and international population issues.
  • Communicate public health information, in both oral and written forms, through a variety of media and to diverse audiences
  • Locate, use, evaluate and synthesize public health information

Questions about the BSPH Major, Global Public Health Minor and Epidemiology Minor.

If you are interested in finding out more about the public health major view this video. After successfully passing a quiz,  there is no limit on how many times to complete it, you will be provided with instructions on how to schedule an appointment with one of the College of Public Health academic advisors. The purpose for viewing the video is to make sure students have a general understanding about the BSPH major before meeting with one of our advisors.

See more at the College of Public Health website. Students interested in declaring the Global Public Health or Epidemiology minor may make that request at:

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

International graduates of this major's Environmental Health specialization, are approved by the Department of Homeland Security for three (3) years of work permission in the United States after graduation. Visit the Office of International Affairs website for more information.