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BS/BA in Public Health

The School of Public Health and Information Sciences (SPHIS) offers two undergraduate degree options: Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) for students focused on public health practice and Bachelor of Arts in Public Health (BAPH) for liberal studies.

A degree in public health provides students with the skills they need to improve the health of populations and communities, as well as alleviate suffering caused by disease, injuries and health disparities.  Public Health majors learn how to inquire, challenge and explore options that promote the health and well-being of the community.

Residence Life

A Public Health Living Learning Community (PHLLC) brings together students wishing to pursue a career in public health. This residential community fosters exploration of this career path through courses, programming, services, and connections to campus and community resources.  The PHLLC resides in Community Park and accommodates up to 20 slots.  To participate, students must complete an application for housing and a PHLLC Application.  More information is available through Campus Housing website.

What can I do with a degree in Public Health?

A BS or BA in Public Health prepares students for positions in specific sectors of public health, health services, and public policy, with career opportunities in health education, health care administration, health research, environmental health, and more. Examples of job settings could include colleges and universities, federal and state health agencies, and community and international organizations. Both degrees prepare students for advanced degrees in public health, law, and clinical health professions (ie: PA, PT, Nursing, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Dentistry).

For more insights on opportunities in public health, students can review resources such as the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health and “What Can I Do with This Major?” .

The School of Public Health and Information Sciences is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  View all SPHIS accreditation information.

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