Program Description: The mission of the Department of Public Health is to provide quality learning experiences and professional preparation for students, and to promote excellence in learning, teaching, scholarship and community service. Students completing this degree program are prepared for careers as public health educators, health promotion specialist and wellness program directors in public health departments; voluntary and private health agencies; industry; health care facilities; professional health associations; and consulting firms. This program is approved by the Society of Public Health Education and the Association for the Advancement for Health Education (SOPHE/AAHE).
Career Opportunities in Public Health Education: Public health work is done in a wide variety of settings in 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.
Bachelor of Public Health Education: The major in public health (reference 521) leads to the 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 consist of 30 hours of additional course work.
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Minor: The minor in health education (reference number 389) requires a minimum of 23 semester hours. This minor provides a basic foundation for students desiring preparation in health promotion and disease prevention. The minor in health education may be used in combination with many majors to enhance student’s career opportunities and as preparation for graduate study in a variety of health disciplines. Completion of the minor along with a teaching certifiable major leads to certification in health education. Required courses are BIOL 131, SFTY 171, and PH 261, 365, 381, 461 and 467. Three additional credit hours of electives must be selected from the following courses with approval of the academic advisor: FACS 111, PH 385, PH 456. Students utilizing the minor in health education for teacher certification must complete SEC 483, Teaching Health as a required support course.
Public Health Student Organizations:
Kentucky Public Health Association, Public Health Undergraduate & Graduate Associated Students
For More Information, Contact :
Dr. Grace Lartey
Director, Undergraduate Public Health Program
Academic Complex 129D