Public Health - BS, Internship Track

Public Health professionals with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Internship Track (BSPH-PHI) are prepared to:

  • understand the context and impact of public health history and ethics on the nation’s health.
  • determine the scope and influential factors for public health challenges and how they impact individuals and communities.
  • assess community and public health needs and develop strategies to positively impact quality of health.
  • communicate to individuals, communities, and other stakeholders about public health challenges and opportunities with cultural competence.
  • function in a variety of government and private health agencies, clinical settings, nonprofit organizations, volunteer agencies, and other community organizations as a public health advocate.

The BSPH program is based on a philosophy of health promotion and disease prevention, to improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities through education and program intervention. The BSPH discipline focuses on four areas:

  1. the multiple determinants of health, including biological, environmental, sociocultural, health service, and economic factors;
  2. identification of scientific data, tools of informatics, and other information for identifying factors that both foster and hinder the health and well-being of individuals and communities;
  3. addressing major local, state, national, and global health challenges; and
  4. designing public health approaches and interventions that improve health outcomes, population health, and well-being.

The BS Public Health-Internship Track is unique in that it offers a wide range of approved electives permitting the student to develop a program according to the student’s needs and interests. A student can complement or enrich a pre-health professions degree plan for students intending further education in nursing, occupational therapy, and some additional health professions.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health-Internship Track degree is more than a means to produce ready public health practitioners. The curriculum for the BSPH-PHI exposes a student to pre-professional training through a non-paid, full semester internship during the final semester. This experience provides the student with on-the-job training and employment opportunities. This internship track places students in a setting which best fits their professional goals.

The Internship Track is not available for students wanting to pursue a BSPH 3+2 program.

The coursework for this program will qualify students to be able to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.