About Us

About the Department of Public Health


Mission Statement

The Department of Public Health (previously Health Science) aspires to prepare individuals and communities with the knowledge and skills to advance health and wellness, and to instill a commitment to meet the public health challenges of the 21st century. We embrace the ideals of collaboration, social justice, and diversity of students, faculty, and intellectual perspectives.


Department Goals

The goals of the Department of Public Health are to:

        1. Provide a broad-based undergraduate program that prepares graduates for entry-level public health positions and/or graduate education.

        2. Prepare master-level professionals to assume leadership positions within their selected public health settings.

        3. Engage surrounding communities and diverse populations of interest to support health-enhancing activities.

        4. Conduct innovative research that advances the practice of public health.


Bachelor of Science in Public Health

The public health program offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in which students can choose to focus in one of three areas: (1) general studies (2) global health, and (3) environmental and occupational health and safety.

The department also offers a Minor in Health Science.


The Master of Public Health

The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree offers specialized areas of study in (1) health promotion and disease prevention, (2) occupational and environmental health and safety, and (3) gerontological health. The MPH is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.