Community and Public Health


Dean: Dr. Rhoberta Haley
Associate Dean: Dr. Pamela Smith
Program Advisors: Dr. Pamela Smith

Program Description

The Bachelor of Science Community and Public Health (BSCPH) degree prepares students for careers in community and public health education and programming, health-related research, and public health policy in a variety of organizations and settings. Graduates will be able to conduct needs assessments; plan, create, implement and evaluate wellness programs and other health education related activities. Graduates will be prepared to conduct research and scholarly activities related to health education; administer and manage programs, and create resources to promote health and wellness.

Students who seek a minor in CPH are CUH students enrolled in disciplines other than Community and Public Health. Those who seek a certificate are community-based individuals who may or may not have an undergraduate degree in another discipline.

Students who desire a minor in one of the specialization areas will work with Advising and Career Development to declare a minor. Individuals interested in the certificate option will follow appropriate application/admission processes. Courses for both minors and certificates are already being offered for CPH majors in Fall, Spring, and/or Summer semesters. Students seeking a CPH minor will complete the minor throughout their planned course of study. The typical timeline for completion of the certificate is anticipated at 2 semesters

Program Goals

The goals of the BSCPH program are congruent with the University’s academic vision and are as follows:

1.     Provide a program of study that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Public Health, in which students are able to achieve the knowledge, skills, and Marianist values necessary for effective health care professionals.
2.     Ensure an educational foundation in the biological, physical, and social sciences and humanities that are essential for health care professionals.
3.     Foster an attitude of intellectual and critical inquiry that promotes evidence-informed practice.
4.     Provide an educational experience that emphasizes engagement of students through active learning.
5.     Create a collegial environment that fosters professional development of students including life-long learning scholarship, and leadership.
6.     Prepare students for health care roles in a in a variety of dynamic health care settings.
7.     Prepare students for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination.
8.     Provide a foundation for graduate study in a variety of graduate degree pathways.