About Us

About the Department of Public Health


Mission Statement

Mission:  The mission of the Department of Public Health is to equip students and communities to meet evolving public health challenges through inclusive learning, applied scholarship, and collaborative partnerships.

Vision: Our vision is advancing population health and equity across the life course through leadership in education, research, and practice.

Values:  The Department of Public Health is committed to academic excellence, evidence-based research and action, social justice, authentic community engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration, and a global perspective.


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 five areas: (1) general studies, (2) environmental and occupational health and safety, (3) global health, (4) health education and promotion, and (5) public health nutrition.

The department also offers a Minor in Public Health.


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.