Public Health

College of Health Sciences
Five smiling students seated

Degree Options

B.S. in Public Health, Community Health Concentration
B.S. in Public Health, Pre-Professional Concentration
3+2 Public Health Accelerated Dual Degree (Students complete B.S. degree and Master of Public Health degree)

Who Would be Interested in Public Health?

Students interested in:

  • Obtaining a rewarding job in which you gain satisfaction knowing that you are working to improve the lives of others in local, national, and international communities
  • Improving people's health and well-being by confronting complex health issues such as improving access to health care, controlling infectious diseases, violence, substance abuse, and injury. Focus is on education and the prevention side of health care
  • Working in a diverse and dynamic field that provides public health services to individuals from all age groups, in multiple settings, and affords the opportunity to work with professionals from myriad other disciplines such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, biology, chemistry, communication, mathematics, business, nursing, occupational science, social work, political science, and government
  • Planning and implementing programs and events that address current and future health issues

Why Public Health?

Degree Benefits

  • Seniors complete an internship (HEA 463) where they apply the skills they have learned in the program to real life problems.
  • Students who graduate from this program are ready to sit for the CHES exam to become Certified Health Education Specialists.
  • A degree in Public Health enables students to intervene in community and individual settings to help people stay healthier.

Learn from the Best

  • The Public Health program has shown the test of time with high-quality faculty who treat the students as "family."
  • The faculty is heavily involved in the field of public health with national and state presentations, publications, and leadership positions.

Rewarding Career Opportunities

Students in the Community Health option can work in:

  • Local, regional, and state public health agencies
  • School settings
  • Volunteer agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Worksite wellness programs
  • Hospitals
  • Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention agencies
  • And more

Public Health graduates will find jobs in the public, non-profits, and private sectors.
Public sectors jobs may be in local, state, or federal health departments in such positions as:

  • Health educator
  • Health communication specialist
  • Program manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Epidemiologist

Non-profit jobs include:

  • Health advocacy
  • Policy advocacy
  • Research on specific health issues

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select either Public Health option as their major upon applying to the university.

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Bluegrass Regional Prevention Center
  • TriHealth Corporate Health
  • Madison County Health Department
  • Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)

How Do I Get More Information?
Contact Dr. Michael Ballard, Department Chair