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Bachelor of Science - Public Health

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Bachelor of Science in Public Health

WKU Public Health LogoPublic health work is done in a wide variety of settings in both the public and private sectors. Graduates of the baccalaureate program in public health are prepared to use their skills in a variety of government agencies, hospitals and other facilities of the health care system, community mental health agencies, employee health programs in business and industry, student health services on college campuses, and many non-profit health agencies in communities. Graduates have a comprehensive knowledge base in health science, and skills in planning educational programs, designing instructional materials, conducting community health needs assessments, working with mass media, writing grants to support program activities, conducting individual health assessments, and completing common administrative duties, such as budgeting and supervising volunteers. Graduates have gone on to find employment throughout Kentucky and in other states. Many students choose to pursue advanced degrees in public health, and this is strongly encouraged.

The major in public health leads to a Bachelor of Science degree and does not require a minor or second major. The curriculum consists of a core 40-44 hours of course work.


The health education concentration consists of 30 hours of additional course work .The environmental health concentration consists of 25 hours of additional work.

Degree Requirements:  Click

Who Should Apply?

Students who have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours, including COMM 145, PH 100, PSY 100, BIOL 131 and CHEM 109,with an over-all GPA of 2.3, qualify for admission into the program. Equivalents of these courses from other accredited institutions will be accepted, but the minimum GPA requirement must be met.


Students in the Public Health program are required to complete PH 490, Fieldwork in Public Health. Students are placed in a public health or health promotion agency for practical experience in a real-world setting. Students will be placed in internships in the type of agency and the geographic location of most interest to the individual student. Students are expected to conduct themselves professionally and they will be supervised by an agency staff member that serves as a preceptor. Activities will include completing assignments made by the preceptor and participating to the fullest extent possible in the program activities of the agency.


For more information contact:

Dr. Grace Lartey

Director, Undergraduate and Master of Public Health Programs

Academic Complex 129D

Phone: 270-745-3941



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 Last Modified 8/12/15