Help the Community Stay Healthy
Unlike the traditional model of medicine, which is centered on diagnosing and treating illness in individual patients, those in the field of public health focus on the prevention of disease in the general public and on educating them to improve wellness.
Those who enter this field must be able to think strategically about the many forces that impact public health — the environment, relationships, and education, to name just a few. They must also be prepared to lead, boldly rising to the challenges, rigors, and changes that define public health and health systems in the 21st century.
Our B.S. in Public Health program prepares students to enter this field by providing them with a foundation in epidemiology, biostatistics, social and behavioral sciences, healthcare administration, and environmental health as well as the strategic thinking, administrative, planning, data collection and analysis, and communication skills that employers value highly and which lay the foundation for a lifetime of career success.
The Hands-On Practice That Leads to Professionalism
High-impact practical learning experiences are an integral part of the program and include internships that are targeted to your specific interests. You will also gain priceless first-hand experience through a capstone course — your bridge to professional practice as you serve a local organization and follow a project from start to finish.
Our location — ten minutes from New Haven and situated in an area that’s densely populated with hospitals and healthcare facilities — offers students exciting and résumé-boosting internship opportunities. Our partners include Yale New Haven Health, Griffin Hospital, and Clifford Beers Clinic as well as local community-service organizations and health departments.
The Core Competency Areas That Define Your Degree — and What You Can Offer Employers
Upon completion of the program, you will have gained competency in five areas of public health:
- Evidence-based approaches to public health
- Public health and healthcare systems
- Policy in public health
- Planning and management to promote health
- Leadership, communication, and Interprofessional practice
A High-Profile Field — with High Expectations
Public health has become an increasingly visible field, with career options spanning industries and professions as diverse as engineering, medicine, social work, and journalism.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth in the field is expected to be 18% by 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations.
Nationally, Hanover Research identifies bachelor’s degrees in public health as one of the highest-growth degrees in the U.S., with an annual completions growth rate of 22%.
The job outlook? Rosy. Annual job openings are nearly 60,000.
Our Graduates Win Job Offers and Grad School Acceptance
A public health education at the University of New Haven, with its wealth of hands-on experience, tells the world that you are well prepared for the field and are capable of making a contribution to your employer from the first day on the job. Our graduates have received job offers from Yale New Haven Health and numerous local community-service organizations. They have also been accepted to some of the country’s leading medical and graduate schools.
Train Under Faculty Who Have Been Trained by the Best.
If your public health education is only as good as the people who teach you, you will be very well trained indeed. Your professors received their education at the country’s leading public health institutions — Johns Hopkins, Yale University, and Harvard, to name just three.
Take part in an introduction to the fundamental definitions, terms, concepts, methods, and critical thinking used in epidemiology. The material presented in this course is designed to lay the foundation for future study and practice in population health activities.
Learn to understand health policy and health systems examined from an economic perspective. Basic economic theories and their relationships to the structure and function of the US healthcare system are explored. Healthcare labor markets and health insurance will also be covered.
Study the causes and incidence of injuries and will explore public health approaches to research and prevention of injuries. Age-related distribution of injuries, risk factors and causes of injuries, and prevention and injury reduction efforts will be covered. New risk factors for injuries, as well as new efforts in injury control, will be discussed.
Focus on administration in public health, including the interface between the U.S. healthcare and public health systems, the organization of the public health system in the U.S., distribution of resources across various populations, and emergency preparedness and response. Students will learn how public health professionals work with their healthcare partners to deliver health services, address health disparities, and ensure that all agencies within healthcare have the capacity to conduct disaster human services and the ability to respond and recover during a disaster.
The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, check out the Academic Catalog:
Public Health, B.S.
In the works — Dual Degree Programs
Beginning with the Fall 2021 semester, we will be offering four dual degree programs:
- an Accelerated program, which allows you to earn both your B.S. in Public Health and your Master of Public Health (MPH) in 4 years
- a Direct Entry program, which allows you to start the MPH program with us immediately after earning your B.S. in Public Health
- an Accelerated program, which allows you to earn both your B.S. in Public Health and your Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) in 4 years, and
- a Direct Entry program, which allows you to start the MHA program with us immediately after earning your B.S. in Public Health
Learn more about about our innovative Dual Degree Programs.
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