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Allied Health

A program specifically designed for allied health professionals with an associate's degree.

How to Move Your Career Forward

Allied health professionals such as respiratory therapists, dental hygienists, physical therapy assistants and surgical technologists are trained in community and public health practices to enhance their management and supervisory skills and increase employment options.


As a public health student, you will engage in a wide array of classes to help deepen your understanding of community and population health. This includes community health, epidemiology and communicable disease, health administration and health policy, and healthcare marketing.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree available with this major.

More about this Major


As an allied health professional, you can use this baccalaureate degree in a number of ways depending on your personal and professional goals, such as:

  • Pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees
  • Increasing your income within your allied health field of practice
  • Gaining credibility within the health care setting
  • Potentially moving to a management position within your allied health field
  • Transitioning to another career outside of your allied health field (i.e., alternate route to teacher education)
• Graduates are prepared for professional careers in management positions in health care settings within or outside their allied health field.
• Allied health professionals make up nearly 60% of the total U.S. healthcare workforce.

Courses You Might Take

DPH 101: Personal Wellness

A general introduction to health, emphasizing the understanding, assessment, and management of health behaviors and disease conditions. You'll explore topics such as stress management, interpersonal relationships, sexual identity, STIs and preventative measures, exercise and weight control, addiction, and chronic disease prevention.

DPH 408: Health Education Methods

This course addresses concepts and principles underlying the use of educational strategies to prevent disease and promote health in a variety of settings, including community organizations, schools and colleges, clinics, hospitals, and corporations. Because this is an applied course, you and your classmates will be using different teaching methods and educational techniques in a variety of settings.

DPH 427: Health Policy

Through this course, students will gain a better understanding of current health policy issues and agendas at the federal, state, and local levels. Students will also gain skills to critically examine and influence the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policies in the United States.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Charkarra Anderson-Lewis, PhD

Associate Professor

Favorite Course: DPH 305: Introduction to Public Health

Expertise: Health Promotion

Amy B. Arrington, JD

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: DPH 470: Health Law and Justice

Expertise: Health Law and Policy Development

Susan Mayfield–Johnson, PhD, MPH, MCHES

Assistant Professor

Favorite Course: DPH 409: Community Health Education Planning

Expertise: Health Education

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