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 What is Public Health? 



Public health aims to prevent disease, prolong life, and promote health in populations and communities. Public health affects every individual’s life daily. Because of the broad scope that public health encompasses, there are many career opportunities within this field. Pursuing an education in public health is the first step to landing one of these careers.

Our Public Health program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health promotion and disease prevention for communities or workplaces. The curriculum emphasizes healthy lifestyles, multi-cultural health needs, research and advances in health, service learning, and use of the latest health-related computer technology. Our multidisciplinary curriculum has the following goals:

  • All Public Health graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in a variety of health settings.
  • The courses in this program can assist in satisfying the pre-professional requirements for physical therapy (3+3 Program*), occupational therapy or physician assistant programs.
  • Graduates are well prepared to continue their education towards a Master’s Degree in Public Health, a Doctoral Degree in Public Health, or other health-related field.
  • Upon completion of this program, students are eligible for the Certified Health Education Specialist examination, a national credentialing examination for people who wish to practice health education in a community setting.

* Public Health students may choose to be in the University’s 3+3 Program, which allows students to fulfill the prerequisites for the Physical Therapy Program at SRU, as well as satisfying the requirements for the Public Health Undergraduate Program in three years.  If accepted in the DPT program, these students will continue on to complete a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in another three years.

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