That's our School of Public Health. Today’s health challenges are global, involving diseases that must be understood at the cellular level and addressed by communities — from Alabama’s Black Belt to sub-Saharan Africa. And it is the public health practitioner whose ounce of prevention extends the lives of millions in the United States and around the world.
"Students today care about their health and the health of society. Our public health undergraduate degree taps into that passion to provide learning experiences that are meaningful beyond the classroom. Come be somebody with us."
- Katherine Hymel, RECENT FAST-TRACK GRAD
Covering most or all of the same core topics as MPH students—epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, and health behavior—a Bachelor's degree in Public Health gives students a broad introduction into the field while preparing them for career readiness or further education in both the private in public sector.
With the increase in prevalence and magnitude of public health issues across the world, it is vital that public health organizations and the communities they serve, be prepared and aware of public health effects. In the Public Health concentration, you will learn about a mix of factors and dynamics that contribute to public health issues across the board, and will be able to gain a broad understanding of current public health practices.
A concentration in Environmental Health Sciences will prepare you to protect both the environment and workers by identifying and eliminating health hazards in a variety of settings, as well as studying their effects on human and natural populations. Environmental health scientists work in public and private sector careers to address problems such as pollution, water safety, and ecosystem protection.
As a student in the Global Health concentration you will learn about health conditions that affect people around the world and associated challenges that make these issues difficult to address such as poverty, cultural beliefs, and population dynamics. This program will prepare you to work both locally and globally in public health by studying the effects of disease and learning how to plan and implement public health programs.
- Antonio Foles, Senior
Five years. Two degrees. This program allows undergraduate students from any degree program to begin working on their MPH while completing their BS/BA degree, allowing them to finish both degrees usually within five years.
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