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Public Health

Degrees Available at SIUE

• Bachelor of Science
Health Endorsement: Licensed teachers and pre-service teachers in other specializations can obtain a middle school or secondary endorsement in health education

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 within a multi-level and a multi-dimensional socio-ecological domain.  Entry level public health professionals work with diverse domestic and international communities on a variety of health issues in the areas of community needs assessment, program planning, implentation, and evaluation, public health policy development in the management, and health advocacy.  Successful completion of the program effectively prepares students to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, given twice yearly.  The Public Health program meets the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) standards. 


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Public Health at SIUE

The public health program is currently seeking accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Classes are taught by a core group of award-winning public health/community health faculty. A unique feature of the public health program is the focus on community health with 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.


On March 27, 2017, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) will be conducting an accreditation site review at SIUE.  The Public Health program's Preliminary Self Study 2016 report is available for review and comment. Any comments regarding this Self Study document should be sent via email to Nicole Williams at or mailed to the Council on Education for Public Health, Attn:  Nicole Williams, 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD  20910.  The deadline to submit comments is 30 days prior to the site visit.    

Career Outlook

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 state and local departments of public health, 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, health and public administration, epidemiology, and health promotion.


Dr. Huaibo Xin, Program Director
Department of Applied Health
Campus Box 1126, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1126
Phone: (618) 650‑3226

Sample Curriculum >>

Public Health
Michelle Cathorall, Dr.PH.,
2013, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

David Cluphf, Ed.D.,
1999, West Virginia University
Chaya Gopalan, Ph.D.,       1988, University of Glasgow
Brianne Guilford, Ph.D.,
2013, University of Kansas

Erik Kirk, (Chair) Ph.D.,
2004, University of Kansas

Nicole Klein, Ph.D.
1995, University of Texas at Austin
Georgia Luckey, M. S.,
Doctoral Candidate

Alice Ma, Ph. D.,
2017, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Bryan Smith, Ph.D.,
2004, University of Missouri - Columbia

Lindsay Ross-Stewart, Ph.D.,
2009, University of North Dakota

Joshua Wooten, Ph.D.,
2008, Texas Woman's University

Huaibo Xin, Dr.PH.
2011, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Jennifer Zuercher, Ph.D., 2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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