Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. With a focus on health promotion and disease/injury prevention, the B.S. in Public Health program provides students with foundational public health knowledge and skills that can be applied across a range of settings. The program prepares students to enter the workforce or continue their education into areas such as public health, medical school, or other professional and allied health programs. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam (visit the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. for more information). Students must complete one of the two concentrations offered in the program: Health Education and Promotion or Health Professions.
Health Education and Promotion Concentration:
The Health Education and Promotion concentration is designed for public health majors interested in careers in community, health care, and work-site health promotion among others. Students in this concentration may also be interested in pursuing graduate studies in public health or health promotion (e.g., Master of Public Health) and other related disciplines.
Health Professions Concentration:
The Health Professions concentration is designed for public health majors interested in pursuing undergraduate and/or graduate studies in physical therapy, medicine, dentistry, nursing, and other allied health professions. The concentration allows additional health-related elective courses (as approved by and selected in consultation with the BS in Public Health Program Advisor) to be used towards such program pursuits.
Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP):
An Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) in Health Education & Promotion provides students an opportunity to take courses that count simultaneously toward the B.S. in Public Health and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree programs. Students admitted into the program could complete both degrees in five years. Prospective AMP students should consult with the BS in Public Health Program Advisor as early as possible; applications should be submitted prior to completing the junior year. Please visit the UA Graduate School for more information.