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Health and Human Performance: Concentration Public Health

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Why study Health and Human Performance: Concentration Public Health at APSU?

The public health concentration provides students the opportunity to prepare for entry level health educator or health facilitator positions in hospital settings, state, regional or local health departments, home health care agencies, health maintenance organizations, nursing homes, surgical care centers, insurance companies, physician groups, and voluntary health agencies. Students build their academic knowledge of the field and engage in a semester-long internship experience as part of the program. 


What will I learn?

To earn a degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Public Health, the student must earn 120 total hours.  The curriculum requires the students to take APSU 1000 (1 hour), 41 general education hours, 43 hours in the major, and 35 elective hours. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are the HHP Club and the Eta Sigma Gamma honor society.

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.  HHP students may choose to engage in a semester long 12 credit hour internship.



What Do Health and Human Performance: Concentration Public Health Majors Do After Graduation?

Graduates are employed as health educators or health facilitators in:

  • Hospital Settings
  • Home Health Care Agencies
  • Nursing Homes
  • Insurance Companies
  • Health Departments
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Surgical Care Centers
  • Physicians Groups