While doctors treat illness and injury once they occur, those in the public health field are invested in preventing people from getting sick or hurt in the first place. We focus on promoting wellness through healthy behaviors, tracking disease outbreaks, creating laws and policies that benefit the health of the population, and investigating health disparities - why some of us are more likely to suffer from disease or injury than others.
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 and personal wellness, epidemiology and communicable disease, health administration and health policy, and healthcare marketing. In addition, you will participate in a Senior Seminar to prepare you for moving into either graduate school or directly into your career, as well as an internship to give you real-world experience in your field.
There are two Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees available with this major.
This emphasis area will prepare students to conduct evaluation related to health education; access health information resources; assess individual and community needs for health education; and plan and implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs.
As a student in this emphasis area, you will gain knowledge of health services organizations and delivery relevant to entry-level administration practice; knowledge of the economic and legal-political aspects of the health system; knowledge of the determinants and measurements of health and disease; and the ability to apply classroom knowledge and skills to professional practice.
Graduating with an emphasis in Health Policy & Administration prepares you for entry-level administration positions in various types of health care facilities, organizations and agencies such as public health agencies, long-term care facilities, hospitals, medical group practices, health maintenance organizations and clinics.
Students in the Health Promotion track are prepared for professional careers in health education, research and service at a wide variety of health organizations such as community organizations, volunteer organizations, corporations, hospitals, multi-specialty health clinics, rural health centers, mental health facilities, long-term care facilities, and local and state health departments.
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.
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.
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.
Favorite Course: DPH 305: Introduction to Public Health
Expertise: Health Promotion
Favorite Course: DPH 470: Health Law and Justice
Expertise: Health Law and Policy Development
Favorite Course: DPH 409: Community Health Education Planning
Expertise: Health Education
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.