The Bachelor of Science in Public Health prepares students for a wide range of entry level public health positions. The coursework includes the foundational knowledge of public health practice (epidemiology, health policy, global health) and reflects the values of public health: community engagement, disease prevention, health promotion and serving vulnerable populations. The program’s major focus on health education prepares students to implement behavior modification and lifestyle changes for individuals, families and communities. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the competencies required to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.  

Program Information


We are “Public Health in the Community.” Our diverse faculty offer a dynamic, community engaged educational experience to prepare public health leaders to work to reduce health inequities in underserved populations.


We will be known for our learning environment which is informed by the knowledge and experiences of our diverse student, faculty and community partners, who together develop achievable and innovative solutions to public health challenges within our city and beyond. Our solutions will be characterized by the synergy between multicultural local and global perspectives.


  • Diversity:  Our diverse faculty and students bring their highly varied ideas, beliefs, and cultures to classroom interactions, scholarly activities, and community partnerships.
  • Social Justice: Our students and faculty engage in professional activities to reduce social disparities and health inequities in our communities.
  • Ethical Practice: Uphold high standards of honesty, integrity, and fairness in public health research, teaching, and service
  • Professionalism: Model the duties and responsibilities of public health consistent with the code of conduct for the field.
  • Community/Partnerships:  Engaging in mutually beneficial community collaborations built on respect, trust, and personal commitment to improve the public health status of local and global communities.
  • Global:  Create an educational synergy among domestic and international students, faculty, and communities that foster learning and practice opportunities that improve public health across cultures. 


Public Health & Health Sciences offers two undergraduate programs in 
Public Health (BS): 

Public Health Program (BS)

Public Health Honors Program (BS)


The Department of Public Health & Health Sciences is pursuing accreditation
for its public health programs (MPH & BS) through the Council on Education
for Public Health (CEPH) . This extensive process is enhanced through input
from our many stakeholders. See below for opportunities to participate in this process.

Serve in an advisory capacity on one of the following committees:

  • Admissions, Recruitment and Retention
  • Curriculum
  • Evaluation
  • Public Health Advisory Committee
  • Research & Community Engagement
  • Review select sections of the self-study document and data
  • Complete surveys as needed on various aspects of the program, such as:
    • Academic advising surveys (current students)
    • Alumni perceptions of program effectiveness
    • Course evaluations (current students)
    • Input on workforce development ideas and effectiveness
    • Staff services

If you are interested in any aspect of this process please email
Dr. Michelle Sahli your contact information at:

Criterion for the accreditation process is below:

2016 CEPH Criteria for Schools and Programs