Obtain an undergraduate degree in public health and create positive changes in the health of entire communities. Public health professionals and health educators will fulfill the national and state demand for more professionals to address global and environmental concerns related to infectious diseases, emergency preparedness, natural disasters, chronic diseases, injury and violence, and air and water quality issues that impact the health of every community.
Students in our Bachelor of Science in Public Health program will study disease prevention and control, community health promotion, and social, behavioral, cultural and regulatory factors that can impact the health of local and global populations. In addition, students will gain valuable information in health promotion program planning, grant writing, environmental health, and public health advocacy.
Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. The growth in public health awareness is driven by health reform efforts to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs by educating people about healthy lifestyle habits, wellness behaviors, and the effective utilization of available health care services.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health curriculum has been reviewed by experts in the field of public health and developed to align with the responsibilities and competencies for health education specialists. Our 120-credit hour program prepares you for a career in public health or graduate education. During the final semester, all students will take a review course in preparation for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. Having a CHES certification credential is highly desired in the public health arena.
How to Apply
College Admission First
The first step in the admissions process is to apply using the Mercy College Application. Early application is encouraged. For a complete list of College application deadlines, click here. Students admitted to the College may enroll in Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) courses prior to admission to any academic program.
Program Admission Second
Following College admission, the applicant’s file will be given to the program chair for consideration. The program chair will contact applicants to arrange an interview.
In the fourth year of the program, students will participate in a practicum, which allows the concepts learned in program course work to be applied to a “real world” setting alongside professionals in public health organizations in central Iowa. The program chair, in addition to the academic advisor, will assist the student in finding a practicum site that matches the student’s professional and personal interests. The practicum experience is designed to give the student direct insight into the many disciplines and careers that fall under the realm of public health.
Our full-time Ph.D. faculty will team up with specialists in specific public health fields from surrounding health agencies and governmental institutions to provide a comprehensive learning experience for students in this program. You will have an opportunity to learn from public health practitioners with expertise in their field of study.
As a graduate of the BSPH program, you will be employable nationwide in many public health settings or ready to pursue graduate study. Employment of public health educators is expected to grow faster than average. For more details and statistics about specific roles and job opportunities go to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.