Why study Public Health
Whether you wish to work with people one-on-one, in large group settings, or behind the scenes, students interested in health promotion and improving well-being of individuals and their communities will be a great fit for this program. For students seeking to advance their education with a graduate degree, this program will provide students with the information and skills necessary to excel in health-related master’s program (e.g. Master of Public Health, Master of Healthcare Administration).
Offered on campus, the public health concentration provides students the opportunity to prepare for entry level public health or health education specialist positions in hospitals, clinics, schools, businesses, government, and non-profits. Students will engage in various experiential learning opportunities where they will apply what they are learning in class during community and campus events. At the end of the program, students will be able to apply for and complete a semester-long internship as part of the program, and they will be encouraged to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) exam to expand their public health credentials. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health education field is expected to grow 17% from 2020-2030.
The APSU public health concentration features:
- Experiential learning opportunities
- Service learning courses
- Voluntary internship
- CHES® exam prep course
- Student honorary: Eta Sigma Gamma
- Public health newsletter
- The Monocle
APSU’s public health concentration is taught by MCHES®-credentialed faculty who bring unique expertise and practical insight into the classroom.
What will I Learn
- Students will bring to the workplace the professional areas of responsibility as defined
by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
- Ability to assess needs and capacity for a target population
- Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate a health-related program or intervention
- Ability to advocate for health-promoting change
- Ability to communicate in professional and community settings
- Ability to lead and manage teams
- Ability to utilize ethical and professionalism principles in all areas of work