Public Health - BS
Public Health professionals with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) are prepared to:
- understand the history, ethics, and traditions of the field of public health.
- value the scope and nature of problems and challenges addressed by the field of public health.
- appreciate the breadth, depth, and variety of intellectual and practical skills employed in the field of public health.
- appreciate the variety of communication methods and cultural competence required in the field of public health.
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. The BSPH discipline focuses on four areas:
- the multiple determinants of health, including biological, environmental, sociocultural, health service, and economic factors,
- identification of scientific data, tools of informatics, and other information for identifying indicators of health status and health disparities and assessing the well-being of a community,
- addressing major local, national, and global health challenges, and
- designing public health approaches and interventions that improve health outcomes, population health and well-being.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree program is more than a means to produce ready public health practitioners. It can complement or enrich a traditional biology-based pre-health degree plan for students intending professional education in medicine, nursing, allied health or other health professions. Notably the program establishes a specific entry-level baccalaureate degree in the Public Health academic pathway which, until recently, had started with a master’s degree.
This program is approved to be offered at the Texas A&M Higher Education Center in McAllen, Texas.