Public Health at SIUE
The public health program in the Department of Applied Health is currently seeking accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Classes in the program are taught by a core group of award-winning public health faculty from the School of Education, Health and Human Behavior. A unique feature of the public health program is the focus on service learning, projects and internships through community partnerships, giving students multiple opportunities throughout their studies to work in the field of public health prior to graduation. Opportunities also exist for international travel study courses and internships. Elective courses allow students to emphasize areas of interest, such as adolescent health, minority health, environmental health and global health.
The public health program meets the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) standards, and successful completion of the program effectively prepares students to sit for the Certified Education Specialist (CHES) exam, which is administered twice each year.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Bachelor of Science in Public Health
Why Public Health?
Drawing from the biological, social and behavioral sciences, the public health program prepares students for rewarding careers in disease prevention and health promotion. Entry-level public health specialists will encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness by educating individuals and communities about behaviors that can prevent diseases, injuries and other health problems.
The career outlook is promising for public health professionals. Jobs are expected to increase 37 percent between 2010 and 2020, making it a career with above-average growth. Our graduates are employed in entry-level positions in a variety of settings, including federal, state and local departments of public health, profit and nonprofit organizations, corporations, schools, colleges and universities, and medical care settings. Those who wish to obtain advanced degrees in graduate school will be prepared for programs in public health, medical school, nursing, health and public administration, epidemiology, biostatistics, and health promotion.