Public Health Concentration

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention and detection and control of infectious diseases.


Courses within the Public Health Concentration allow students to explore the concepts of population health, and the basic processes, approaches and interventions that identify and address the major health-related needs and concerns of populations. Students will learn the basic concepts, methods, and tools of public health data collection, use and analysis necessary for problem-solving and critical thinking as it relates to identifying and prescribing evidence-based approaches in public health.


This concentration is ideal for students with career interests in public health, disease prevention and health promotion, clinical health care delivery and health care administration.


Public health educators work in a variety of settings (government agencies, community clinics, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, corporations) and focus on a variety of age groups, populations, and problems.

Program Outcomes

Upon graduating from the B.S in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Public Health students will:

  • Discuss essential services that public health programs provide to protect and improve the health of populations.
  • Use research tools and analytical methods to critically analyze, methods and assess the health status of populations.
  • Discuss the impact of policies and legislation on individual and population health.
  • Apply evidence-based principles to the process of planning, development, budgeting, management, and evaluation of public health organization and initiatives.
  • Effectively communicate public health messages to a variety of audiences from professionals to the general public.

Area Of Concentration Form

Advisors for Public Health

Dr. Deborah Gibson

Josh Greer

Public Health 491 Internship